Out of the Jungle

My fingers peeled the giraffe off of the wall, careful not to tear it, and I laid it in my hand, staring at its wide eyes, smiling mouth, and pale orange and brown colours.

I’m sorry friend.

She’s a big girl now.

The minute I found out you existed I knew I wanted you to come home to a room filled with hippo’s and elephants; zebra’s and monkeys; parrots and tigers.

I wanted you to sleep on soft greens and yellows; light blues and browns.

But you are a big girl now.

Over your bed hangs a fairy dancing with butterflies, lady bugs, and bees, instead of the pastel coloured jungle animals you babbled to each night.

Replaced is the tall giraffe eating from his leaf, and in his place are sparkles, explosions of pink, and dress up clothes.

Elephant and tiger have found their way to the bottom of the toy box.

And the babies and Barbie’s are now at the top.

We’ve transformed your room from one with a crib and a rocking chair to one with a bed full of stuffed friends and bright pink blankets.

All of which you adore.

Because you are a big girl now.

But you’ll always be my baby.

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13 Responses to Out of the Jungle
  1. Alison
    August 6, 2012 | 8:59 am

    Sigh, they do grow up so quickly!

  2. Mark
    August 6, 2012 | 10:23 am

    Soon, Boy Band posters. You can’t stop it!

  3. Laverne
    August 6, 2012 | 6:38 pm

    I loved e title to this piece. I also loved the poetic writing it drew out of you (my favorite way you write). It is such a journey isn’t it!!! Where they have come from, what ey are now and where they will go… and we get to watch it all!!!

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 20, 2012 | 3:26 pm

      It’s bittersweet, that’s the only way I can describe it.
      I want her to stay a baby but I also want to see her become her own person

  4. Sarcasm Goddess
    August 6, 2012 | 10:29 pm

    She’s so beautiful! Miss you!

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 20, 2012 | 3:25 pm

      Miss you too!! You’re drawings and love of feathers make me happy

  5. Jackie
    August 7, 2012 | 7:40 am

    We are going through the same thing at my house with my son… he had a room full of jungle animals and now it’s all been replaced by Thomas.

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 20, 2012 | 3:24 pm

      OH my daughter LOVES thomas!!!
      I loath him

  6. MommaKiss
    August 7, 2012 | 10:25 am

    oh the ‘big kid’ moments, truly – they seem to come much too soon.

  7. Natalie @MamaTrack
    August 10, 2012 | 8:26 pm

    Such a big girl. This pulls on my heart–I know your feelings. SLOW DOWN, TIME, DAMN YOU!

    (Sorry for the shouting on your blog.)

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 20, 2012 | 3:23 pm

      I shout like that sometimes into my pillow because I don’t want to do it in my daughters face.


  8. Robin | Farewell Stranger
    August 13, 2012 | 5:28 pm

    I know 🙁 We had jungle decals on C’s walls too – an mouse purchase right before he was born because I needed something on the walls. Pregnant mama panic 🙂 but I loved them. He peeled a lot of them off, and when we moved I removed the rest and stuck the intact ones somewhere to keep them. Made me really sad. I almost made Rich cut a hole out of the wall in his room so I could keep that too but decided the patch work to replace it wasn’t worth it. 😉

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 20, 2012 | 3:21 pm

      I should have kept some of them!!! GAH! I didn’t.
      But I have pictures of them

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