A very wise woman (who just happened to be my boss when I was insistent that I only needed a month's maternity leave after having Hank), told me to take my time, because babies don't keep. How right she was. One of the best lessons I've ever had. So, excuse my blog absence over the last month and possibly even the next few. I've got a little girl (actually, a big girl...she is a delightful chunky monkey) to cuddle. And a little boy to take to the park and run around with in the rain catching frogs like I did tonight.
Most of my life, I've always looked to the next step. What should I be doing instead of what I'm doing right now. Go to grad school? Write a book? Find a new job? And then I became a mother. Such thoughts scattered to the wind. I want nothing more than to do what I'm doing right now. Sure, everyday is a challenge and dishes three times a day is drudgery, but I am unbelievably content. I honestly don't need anything more. I just wish I could keep them small forever.
Thanks for all the well wishes about Eliza. Here's a few photos, one at five days old, the other just a few days ago. We're doing great. One month old tomorrow. Look at those cheeks! Hank was born prematurely with a heart condition and was so tiny for so long. This butterball of a healthy girl I hardly know what to do with, we marvel at the fat rolls and the heft of her in our arms. Hard to believe. Like I said, babies don't keep. :)
The baby is beautiful. You are so right. Babies don't keep. Mine are 19, 26 and 28 and I would so love to spend a day with baby Matt, baby Andy and baby Carly again. Enjoy this time. A blog will keep.ReplyDelete
What a sweetheart, Erin! Thanks so much for sharing pictures and glad to hear everyone is doing well. :)ReplyDelete
You are a very wise woman Erin, and you certainly have the right idea about motherhood ;) Eliza is completely adorable and I can see why you love to cuddle her. My babies were both chunky monkeys too, and oh how I miss those chubby baby cheeks and rolls, and the sweet scents and soft coos. Enjoy every second with them Erin, it all passes so quickly...ReplyDelete
Sweet baby. TFS! My baby girl is 7 wks, thanks so much for the reminder. Baby don't keep... sigh... Can't believe she's already almost 2 mths, seems like I just popped her out yesterday - LOL!ReplyDelete
Oh she is adorable Erin!!ReplyDelete
And my little gal is coming up for two now...so I know exactly what you mean. Enjoy every moment...they are the best gifts.
I know what you mean. My little one is almost 6 months already. *sigh* But, oh boy, those cheeks! I love 'em!ReplyDelete
She look lovely. My son is turning 10 tomorrow and my daughter is 13. They don't stay small too long-- take your time and enjoy.ReplyDelete
Oh, she is adorable! LOVE all the chub! Enjoy them both!ReplyDelete
Oh Erin, that picture of the two of you together is beautiful!! First of all, you look gorgeous! And her cheeks are PERFECTION. :) What a doll-baby...I'm so glad you're soaking up every minute of this time with them both while they're so little. Oh, and her outfit is adorable!ReplyDelete
Oh Erin she is beautiful! Enjoy every little second of their childhood. :)ReplyDelete
Awww Erin, enjoy Eliza and this time. So precious!ReplyDelete
She's gorgeous and you just keep enjoying her and Hank and loving your husband :)ReplyDelete
You take all the time you need, this is a special moment in your life. We will still be here when you get back.ReplyDelete
What a lovely pictures.ReplyDelete
She is a beauty, every inch of her! And you look all dewey and glowing yourself!! Enjoy your beautiful blessings!
so happy for you and your beautiful family! ah, to be content and enjoying this moment right now... love the pics of you and your adorable baby. thanks for sharingReplyDelete
LOVE those cheeks! She looks so much like you, Erin, in that first pic! Enjoy both your babies!!!!ReplyDelete
Enjoy every last precious moment.ReplyDelete
I love the polka-dots. What a cute picture.ReplyDelete
She is so sweet! Enjoy your time with both your babies! They do grow up way too fast!ReplyDelete
ENJOY! No Babies don't keep - before you know it, your babies will be going off to COLLEGE!ReplyDelete
Hope Big Boy Hank is enjoying her as well. She is absolutely adorable and you are GLOWING!
I was AMAZED when I had my daughter - my son just turned 6 and when he came to see us in the hospital I held his hand and it was HUGE!!!! Funny how grownup they seem!!!
Enjoy every minute you can.
Absolutely true-they grow up way too fast! Enjoy those babies! :)ReplyDelete
She's beautiful, Erin. Enjoy every moment with her. They grow up so fastReplyDelete
She looks adorable. Content is underrated. People should aim to be content. You are so lucky! Enjoy every moment!ReplyDelete
What wonderful inspiring words Erin! You are right, these babies are never small long enough. I already miss my baby and he is only 2. Thank you for the reminder and for sharing those lovely pics with us! Now I better go play with my kids:)!ReplyDelete
Oh she is just so sweet! I LOVE chunky babies. . .well, I love not-so-chunky babies too! :) She is absolutely beautiful Erin! Enjoy this time. It does go so fast!ReplyDelete
She's beautiful, Erin! Enjoy every minute!ReplyDelete
Motherhood, the most fulfilling, toughest, special, heartwarming, challenging, and wonderful job in the world! Eliza is such a gorgeous baby! Thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures with us!ReplyDelete
Well put! I have 5 kids , my youngest is 10 months old and she is growing too quickly. I treasure every day. OK, well maybe most days! the dishes, laundry, and cleaning can definitely be trudgery. Eliza is a doll and I love her name. p.s. Hank is a cutie too.ReplyDelete
Sweet baby! And you are correct - they grow up very, very fast. Enjoy every moment (even frogging!)ReplyDelete
How true!! They really do grow SO fast!! LOVE LOVE LOVE her cheeks!! My older DD had cheeks like that too...now she's a skinny litle thing. You enjoy the kids & don't worry about the blog!!ReplyDelete
Delightful. Congratulations, and enjoy the next months too!ReplyDelete
As the kids get older, it will be harder to stay in the moment like you are now. Savor it. Every step, every phase, every day is wonderful. Even the challenging ones!ReplyDelete
My youngest DD was 10.1 when she was born. We said she looked like the Michelin man with her fat rolls. It meant she could sit earlier since we arranged her rolls and let her head rest on top! LOL!
Congratulations on your beautiful family!
Such a beautiful baby girl! Hold her close and keep those memories as they do grow so ever quickly. I have a 21 month old granddaughter and it seems as if she were this tiny little thing just yesterday, not the babbling cutie she is today. Each moment passes but when we can remember the simple ones as easily as the special ones, that is what matters most of all. Enjoy!ReplyDelete
She is beautiful!! Enjoy her and Hank. I don't mind if the blog post are not a common as we would want. We know you have a 2 good reasons why. :)ReplyDelete
She is adorable! Enjoy your time when they are little... they grow up way too fast.ReplyDelete
thanks for sharing -- she is so sweet! congratulations.ReplyDelete
Beautiful!! Love her round cheeks. Make sure you take lots of close ups of her little rolls on her thighs and wrists, and little fingers and toes. I so wish that I had done that with my babies!! Of course, mine were really skinny and long, so it wouldn't have been the same. I work in a daycare, and we just LOVE babies with lots of rolls!! : )ReplyDelete
Congratulations on the birth of Eliza Jane! She is beautiful- just like her Mama!ReplyDelete
You're very wise to cherish these fleeting moments. The photos are lovely -- and the blanket is ever so sweet as well!ReplyDelete
I completely understand what you are saying about all you want to do right now is to be a mother. Babies don't keep. They grow so fast so cherish every moment that you can. Your daughter is just beautiful!! Little girls are so fun. Congratulations, Erin!ReplyDelete
She is adorable. Cherish every minute because the time really does fly!!ReplyDelete
Wpw. she is so sweet. Thanks for remembering me to cherish this time.ReplyDelete
Adorable little baby! LOVE the pics! :) And I have to ask...where did you get the receiving blanket with the polka dots?!?ReplyDelete
Congratulations! Sorry...a little belated...but with the same huge sentiment. She is so adorable!ReplyDelete