Friday, August 15, 2008

Photo Story Friday: In the Blink of an Eye

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek,


The guests have long since departed. The presents have been opened. The balloons are starting to make their way to the ground. It has been five days since you turned one. In the peaceful quiet of a Thursday evening I've finally found the words . . .

**********

I didn't know if I'd ever have you. You were a mystery to me and I had long since accepted that it might stay that way.


I'm watching you push you little car across the floor. You pick up a little plastic turtle (rescuing him from certain road kill status) and examine him in your tiny fingers, turning him around, placing him in your other hand. Every time you look at him it is as if you discover something new. I relish moments like this--the awe of new discoveries. You toss him aside. You are done with him. I love that, too. You clearly know what you want . . . and what you don't.

Hip baby fashion courtesy of The Rocking Pony!

You reach for the chair, stretching out your chubby little arms as you pull yourself up. Standing, you look over at me. "Are you watching me, mom?" you seem to say. I smile and wait to see if you will try it. You do. One step. Two step. Three step. Then you drop to the floor and crawl. To me.

After Cake

You put your hand on my knee and push yourself up as you grab my arms and then my shoulders. You push your face into my shoulder as you climb into my lap. "Mom, you're my woobie," you seem to say.

All clean! For now . . .

Mom.

I'm your mom. Amazing. Especially since I never thought I'd have you.


But here you are. A year later. My baby. My little man.


They told me this would happen. You would grow up. I knew it. I accepted it. But, I don't think I could ever prepare for it. Every week I see more evidence to support that you are indeed--growing up. The crawling, the walking, the talking, the intense curiosity, the looks (oh, how the lopsided grin, the crooked teeth peeking out and your dancing blue eyes amaze me).


Every day I drink you in. I watch you while you sleep. I examine your hands. I kiss your toes, savoring each and every giggle. I cherish your laugh. I hold your warm body next to mine.

You've been my son for one year.

I've been your mama for a lifetime.


I promise your mama won't be caught up in the mush fest forever. The reality of poopy diapers, all-nighters, the fact that you will one day be a teenager . . . it'll all come back to me.

But until then. I just want to tickle your toes. Pepper you with kisses. Hold you in my arms.


And never let my little man go . . . at least for now.


Happy Birthday, Baby Boy J. Mama loves you.

65 comments:

April said...

Beautiful!!

Corey~living and loving said...

oh my.....what a wonderful post in honor of your son's birthday. happy first birthday little man. :) thanks for sharing.
Happy PSF!

Lindsay said...

Such an awesome post! Isn't it amazing how fast they grow up. My son will be two in just, oh my, 1.5 months!! Oh no....

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

This just makes my day--you take me back to the baby days so vividly just as I'm sending my first baby boy off to college. Thank you!

Munchkins and Music said...

He is a doll! I like your post name!

Zoeyjane said...

aw. You did good.

And how cute are the cake pictures? You need to give him cake more often!

MoziEsmé said...

What a sweet letter - to a sweet little man!

Carol said...

Super cute pics.

A year flies by so quickly. While we enjoy each next stage as it comes it is so bittersweet to leave past stages behind.

Lori said...

awww what a sweet way to capture the magic of that first year feelings

Pam said...

well, now I am crying and I need to go hug my kids! Beautiful!

Allison R said...

Super sweet!

beth said...

Perfect tribute to a beautiful baby and to the beauty motherhood.

The time does go fast even when the days seem like they will never end....

Jenny said...

he is just so stinkin' cute!! what great pics...

Kori said...

You are both so, so blessed-and at least you KNOW it. Congratulations on making it through a year-to both of you!

Jonny's Mommy said...

I am a mess right now. I should be working, but I'm taking a break and I'm reading this, sitting at my desk, crying "like a baby" and wishing I was home right now with my little guy. An hour and I can go home for lunch and hug the stuffing out of him.

Thank you for this post. So beautiful and wonderful. I have to go find a tissue now.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Bravo!!

Mamarazzi said...

THIS made me cry...thanks for that!

what a BEAUTIFUL PSF!

and what a wonderful blessing your little man is!

Rachel H. said...

GREAT POST! What a sweet little guy!

Mamasphere said...

That was absolutely precious!

Aunt Becky said...

Loves it!

Peter Dyrholm said...

Happy birthday :-)
Hope the future will bring tons of fun times

Cecily R said...

Oh, that J. He is SO one of those squeezy kids...the ones that when you see them you just want to squeeze them and love them. He is just so adorable.

Happiest birthday Little Man.

And Mom, I am always so amazed by your writing. It does go by so fast. I have no doubt that you will cherish each J milestone and accomplishment and all the stuff in between.

painted maypole said...

mama for a lifetime

yes

beautiful

Tracey said...

Awwww.... Very sweet.

The first birthday is surreal, isn't it? That last year, you didn't know this person who is your ENTIRE world... It's almost unfathomable.

Erin said...

aww..tear!!
i think u said what the rest of Momma's everywhere feel!

Stacie said...

so sweet and great pictures!

anglophilefootballfanatic.com said...

I don't think J ever needs to worry about not being adored. It's so obvious how much love he's surrounded by with you as his mom.

Kathryn said...

Bawling, bawling, bawling.

Such a beautiful little man. And lucky to have you as for his momma!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Happy birthday to your little miracle!

Tiaras & Tantrums said...

aww - aww - oh, you are making me tear up here!! LOVELY! He's so darn cute - those feet - that little nose, those fingers!!!!!!!! I want a baby!!!

Kami said...

Aw, that was beautiful! Happy birthday to sweet little J!

Nap Warden said...

Oh so sweet!

Burgh Baby said...

That was such a sweet post, Laski. Happy birthday to the little guy! Oh, and I LURVE the Rocking Pony shirt on him. Absolutely adorable!

The White House said...

Happy birthday! that is so beautiful and I love the newborn pics.

Golightly said...

What a sweet post, happy birthday to a cute little guy!

Amy said...

Happy Birthday to your little man!

Angela said...

AW...Happy Birthday little man! It is no fair how fast it all goes! My first baby will be 11 soon.

Pregnantly Plump said...

Very sweet! Love all of the pics. It's fun to see how much he has grown.

Lori said...

An absolutely beautiful post!

Stella said...

So precious and sweet! i love all the pictures!

Elaine A. said...

He's such a little sweetie! Thanks for showing us his cuteness throughout the year. Blessings for year two...

mom2natnkatncj said...

Awww, Happy First Birthday!

Xbox4NappyRash said...

Gorgeous.

Eve Grey said...

I adore the love you have for your child and the way you express it.

secret agent mama said...

Awwwwwwww!!!

Happy Birthday Big Boy!!!

Danielle said...

One picture is better then the next! awesome awesome awesome. too cute. Happy Birthday!!!!

CC said...

Awww! and those baby toes are just precious!

Swishy said...

He is TOO CUTE FOR WORDS! I mean, for real ... I've just said "awww" about 16 times in the last minute :)

RJTrue said...

You are a sap and I love it!! But most of all, you're a great mom!!!

And, I have the cutest nephew in the world!!!

Miss you both terribly!!

Love you!!!!

Veggie Mom said...

A little guy after my own heart! If you've seen my profile pic, you know I like to get stuff all over my face, too! These photos are just precious!! I'm off now to Blog Around the World--come visit soon to see how you can go, too!

Lindsey said...

Awwww, beautiful post. Happy Birthday Little GUy!!

Wendi said...

Beautiful post!
So glad my tubes are tied because I think my uterus just called out to me.
My advice: Don't blink!
They really don't stay babies long.

just jamie said...

Good grief. Too sweet. You've upped the ante on birthday posts. :)

Lisa said...

"You've been my son for one year. I've been your mama for a lifetime".....


Oh how I love all the lovely sap. How sugary sweet and perfect!

DYSFUNCTIONAL MOM said...

Happy Birthday, what a totally adorable boy!

Woman with a Hatchet said...

Happy birthday! My twins are creeping up on a year, too. Eek!

Why can't we bottle the uber cute stage so we can crack a bottle open when they are teenagers and savor the heady fragrance of baby? Why?!

Colleen said...

That was really sweet. You said all the things I think each of us think and feel in our hearts about our babies, too.

And golly was J a little guy when we was born!!! Was he even over 6lbs?...so tiny! And now so big! :)

Rach (Mommy Learns to Blog) said...

OK, I might have to go hit the Edy's Slow Churned! What a beautiful post in honor of your gorgeous little boy. He will feel so special when he's old enough to look back on this and understand the kind of love and amazement his mommy will always have for him! What a beautiful testament to the first year of his life and your true love of being his mom.

Steph said...

Wow he is a year old already!!! Happy Birthday little J!

abby p said...

He can't get any cuter, can he?

Sandy C. said...

So sweet. Oh so bittersweet :) He is absolutely darling.
Hope he had a lovely Birthday!

KATE said...

Oh, I love it! He's gorgeous & what a sweet way to commemorate his first year!

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Happy birthday to your gorgeous, lovely little man. Wow.

Kimmylyn said...

Oh my goodness.. I missed his birthday.. I am so sorry.. Happy Belated FIRST birthday little man..

This was beautiful

Lindsey said...

How is it that a year after my baby, I can still be so emotional? Really, I teared up while reading this. Maybe it's b/c my HJ is also 1. Damn the hormones!

Happy Birthday Baby J!

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