Wow, well, I expected it to happen sometime, but not this soon. You know, that moment when you see your child as a unique person, fully functioning apart from you. Yesterday was Observation Day at the girls' ballet lessons, and I was blown away! Allegra was adorable and so little-girl cute, just as I expected, but Hero was so grown-up. She was polished, confident and in command of her self. She was doing things with ease that I didn't (and couldn't) teach her. Mostly I was so proud, but there was a tiny tinge of sadness there too. My firstborn is growing up!