Wednesday, October 13, 2010

It Went So Fast

It seems just yesterday I was buried under the monstrous daily laundry piles only a baby creates. It seems like yesterday I awoke many times in the middle of the night, changed ten diapers a day, fed him his every meal and held him all day long.

I savored his first three months - the infant stage - this time. I soaked it all up and I treasured it. Indeed there were days I found myself completely exhausted, overwhelmed. But those days are gone now. This morning I looked at the stack of bibs folded in his drawer and realized I don't put them on him anymore. He used to go through eight a day. I miss all that spit up. All that laundry. I really do.

He turns five months tomorrow. So I can still say he's a four-month-old, which somehow sounds much younger to me. But this baby is eager, interested, self-propelled. Before I let him propel himself any further towards toddlerhood I'm going to savor today.

Today, my sweet baby:

You have two teeth.
You sit up...in your high chair where you eat mashed bananas and sweet potatoes..

...and in the grocery cart. You love the grocery cart.
You're so eager to crawl. Last week you could only "scoot" backwards. This week you move forward. With strength and perseverance.

You sleep ten hours straight at night, and always wake up smiling.

You eat your own toes.

You belly laugh your whole family into joy.

And last but not least, my favorite of all your accomplishments....you say "Mama" with clarity and distinction. "Mama, Mama" you repeat over and over. It is your first word and no matter when or where I hear you say it I will come running. Just to hear you say it again.

I have free time again. I'm on top of the laundry. I knitted ten rows yesterday. I pruned roses that had been neglected since April.

They went so fast, those days. But I really let everything else go this time...the house, the garden, outside commitments...

It was so worth it.

18 comments:

Jennie C. said...

It sure is. Every single blessed minute.

Charlotte (Waltzing Matilda) said...

Kristen,

This is beautiful, your little man is just adorable and I am glad you have thoroughly enjoyed these sweet moments! I have to tell you though, that the grocery cart picture made my husband crack up when he peeked at it over my shoulder. The blurred person wearing black in the background gave the impression that Kilian was sporting a somewhat crooked mohawk! I just had to share that with you! :)

Robina said...

so sweet. you'll never look back and wish you had done any differently.

Charlotte, you are so right. how funny and cute.

Jeremiah 29:11 said...

He is SO precious!! And reaching so many milestones!! :)

barbie said...

wow, two teeth! was the teething rough? We are heading for that and I'm very afraid!

Lauren @ Magnify the Lord with Me said...

I am so glad you wrote this post! I can't believe he can do all that at FOUR months!!!! Woah!!! OK I am rededicating myself to drinking in sweet Abigail at every moment- even when she wants me to walk around all night long holding her!!!!

THanks for posting this! He is just PRECIOUS!!!! You did a GREAT job documenting this sweet age!

Kate Wicker @ Momopoly said...

Oh my goodness. This got me all teary eyed. Thank you for sharing your joy, your gratitude, and the toe snacking with us. Kilian is adorable.

Blair said...

Thanks for the reminder to savor these newborn days. Oh they are so precious and short! Your little guy is just adorable!

Kristen Laurence said...

Oh my goodness Charlotte, ROFL!! Ha! Patrick will love this.

Leila @ Little Catholic Bubble said...

I could just drown in those pictures! He is a dream! So sweet!!

Margaret in Minnesota said...

And here I thought Anthony was the cutest baby ever...

Melanie B said...

He is so sweet. Love that picture of him eating his toes!

All of my kids have said Dada before Mama. Not that I grudge my husband that at all. But I don't think Ben said Mama until he was almost a year old.

God bless your precious little boy!

Marcia said...

boohoo. Yes it went to fast. Thanks for sharing snip its with us. Keep on cuddling that little guy cuz the next five years will be as fast as the last five months.

Mary said...

Thank you so much for reminding us to savor each and every day... for those days when we struggle with the "way, way too much to do" factor and just taking time to love our little ones.. which is the greater priority. From one Martha to all others, being a Mary is also good@.. you know what I mean!

Lynn B said...

Oh goodness, what a delicious lil' dumpling he is :) I am so glad you are enjoying everything about him!

Mrs. Mike said...

This has been such a timely reminder for me to take a deep breath and just embrace the current chaos and enjoy her littleness. Everyone keeps telling me it won't last long.

I've always struggled with being more of a Martha but the addition of a newborn has forced me to become more of a Mary. I ache to sew again and make applesauce with the boys and do all the fun fall projects/decorating we normally do. All too soon, she won't need me the way she needs me now. Thank you for this reminder.

What a chunk o' love you have there!

faithemmanuel said...

That was so quick!! He IS so chewable! Congratulations again and again!

Beth said...

He is absolutely gorgeous Kristen! Thanks for reminding me that it's ok to let everything go for awhile with a newborn.... I needed that!