The Mysterious Disappearance of the Toddler Pot Belly

My daughter has a pot belly. Ever since I can remember it has been that way. My husband has asked me on more than one occasion if it is “normal” for her belly to be so distended, and I have always assured him that this is just the way of the toddler. I also told him that it would eventually go away one day, but in the meantime we should enjoy that rotund little tummy for all it’s worth.

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And then it happened…just as quickly as it appeared, it disappeared.

This past week while we were on vacation, I was changing Fern into her swimsuit and stopped in my tracks as I noticed…it was gone. That perfect, adorable, round, little, toddler belly had vanished. I called over my husband to confirm this fact, hoping that maybe I was just seeing things, but he saw the same thing, and I felt a little sad.

I realize that this may seem a silly thing to get sad about, but if you were to spend any time around my little one you might understand. She lifts her shirt at least 800 times a day to poke her small belly button and when she runs, it is always a protruding belly-first run. I’m going to miss that little pot-bellied run of hers.

But, alas, she is growing up and this is just one of the many changes that is to come. I will always remember that sweet, little tummy though. A small, but cherished memory of her baby-ness.

Have you experienced a moment like this? A change in your little one’s appearance or behavior that suddenly took you by surprise and made you a little wistful?

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