September 22, 2008

The Sound So Sweet

She is one week old today. How can it be? It seems as though we were waiting forever and preparing and rushing for Ivy to arrive and now she's here and teaching me to slow down.

Because I had her right here at home I never had to regain my sea legs. I never lost them in the first place. It's surreal to replay it in my mind as I do over and over.

We went from a family of five to a family of six without ever leaving my bedroom. And time, for a while, seemed to stop in the warmth of our happiness and love and life.


And when time started up again, it took a slower pace.


A fly tapped against the window early this morning before the sun came up. Would I have noticed it before? I bring Ivy to my chest and breathe in the quiet. The breeze through the screen tells early tales of autumn. Soft sighs chirp from this bundle of sleepy baby in my arms.

I've called on God's guidance in these calm moments more than ever. Lord, let me mother my daughter according to Your will. His whispers are heard so clearly when I let go of the busy.

She may be new, but she brings with her presence old stories and songs with a lazy rhythm. Appreciate the silence, Mama. This stillness is for you and me.

And this is the stuff of life.

48 comments:

  1. this is a beautiful post. it's amazing all the ways having a baby can change your life. and each baby brings something new. what a blessing! and the pic of ivy in the hat and sweater you made her is so so sweet.

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  2. Sarah, no URL, same e-mail as alwaysSeptember 22, 2008 8:36 AM

    Isn't this the best part of new life, new baby, new family? Relishing them, breathing them in, savoring each moment?

    Enjoy it =)

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  3. Thanks for the reminder. As my little guy hits 1 month and I find my mind rushing to things I need to do, I needed that....

    she is beautiful!

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  4. so beautiful. bring it all in... each baby brings new gifts to this world and to us. take it all in... take it all in.....

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  5. So beautiful. I know others said it already, but its the truth.

    I have been so eager for this wee one to come, and now with me and half of my family sick, and wanting the baby to hold on while we get better, its been a difficult one to swallow, the slowing down and he/she isn't here yet.

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  6. So sweet and wonderful, I love how you are sharing this special time with all of us out here in the blogosphere!

    I find myself getting caught up in the rush to do all the things I want or "need" to accomplish, but my daughter is such a sweet reminder to slow down and relish the moment!

    Take care,
    Steph

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  7. The sweater Ivy is wearing is so cute!

    You know, there's nothing like a baby to draw you closer to God! Thanks for bringing your life into focus for us :)

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  8. This post gave me chills - and she is lovely, lovely, lovely.

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  9. Seriously, just reading this makes me want to have another one...and my son is just turning 1 year old on Saturday. Thank you for your constant reminders of God's love for us and His beauty in the sweetest things in life...our children.

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  10. Mm, I am loving these entries! Keep 'em coming! They are delightful and make my heart happy :)

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  11. what a little beauty! So glad you are enjoying these precious moments.

    britt

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  12. This post warmed my heart. We all need reminders to appreciate the simple fullness that a small package can offer. Thank you for sharing your sweet little Ivy with us!

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  13. Beautifully written. Babies are such wonderful reminders of how blessed we truly are. (:

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  14. What a little beauty! Congratulations to you and your family! It is nice to slow down, enjoy and relish in the miracles that God gives us!

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  15. I have never asked for more guidance and help than since my little girl came along. That Ivy's a doll!

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  16. That is amazing. It sounds like your home birth was wonderful. Enjoy those quiet moments wiht your baby girl- I know I enjoy them with Eliza.

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  17. Thank you for reminding me what matters most in these crazy hectic times. There is nothing quite as precious as those quiet times with your newborn. They grow up way too fast!

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  18. Such a beautiful post! Thank you. I needed this reminder today.

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  19. So sweetly said! The newborn moments are so very wonderful and a great reason to slow down and "smell the roses" (or the Ivy :) )

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  20. Beautiful, sweet and perfectly lovely post, thanks so much for sharing...

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  21. This post has made me cry. What's new lately? :) Enjoy the slow pace and breathing her in.

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  22. I truly think that babies are given their sweet smells and tiny hands and glorious coos and soft skin to make us take notice of all things similar in our little worlds. Everything becomes sweeter and tinier and more glorious and soft. It is a miracle of God's plan... and a very great one at that!

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  23. Beautiful, Stephaine. I love those quiet moments and when you have a newborn to snuggle- there is just nothing better.

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  24. This is such a beautiful post...and a all too necessary reminder...

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  25. Congratulations on the arrival of Ivy, a name close to my heart. She is beautiful and I hope you enjoy your little girl.

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  26. Steph, I loved your post. What a great mom you are to your children. I am the only girl out of 4 children. It was still fun even though I had no sisters. Ivy will be spoiled by her brothers but that's what brothers do for their little sister. Savor your time dear - seems like yesterday my son was born and now it is 18 years later and he's a freshman in college and such a fine young man. Makes me very proud and I know you are proud too. Love,
    Debbie in Decatur - Erin West's aunt.

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  27. Sweet! I love her shirt. And I miss those baby sounds.

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  28. What a gorgeous post! Thank you for sharing this incredible new experience with your beautiful baby girl!

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  29. She is so incredibly precious. And I love that shirt. :) Happy 1 weeks Miss Ivy. You are sure a love!!!!

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  30. Amen. We have a sign up in our living room that says, "Make time for the quiet moments as God whispers and the world is loud." So true. Your writing took me back... 3 times over. Blessings, Whitney

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  31. What a sweet time with your precious Ivy.

    You know, I always felt this way during middle of the night nursing sessions. I talked to God a lot then! Maybe it's time for a new baby to nurse?

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  32. This is truly a perfect post.

    Congratulations again!

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  33. I think you need to print this post out and frame it. JUST GORGEOUS!!

    Thank you for the reminders, really thank you...

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  34. I think I thought that after I had my first my life was "changed" and that any more babies would just "add", but each child transformed life more and more. I hope that Ivy's presence in your life brings harmony and peace. God blessed you all with each other.

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  35. You are so eloquent! My babe is one and I have already forgotten how to slow down and breathe her in each day. Thanks for the reminder!

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  36. Beautiful! You are very blessed!

    I pray that the Lord will bless us with another baby someday. But, it His will to be done, that we want most of all.

    Keep breathing her in!

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  37. This is such a beautiful post. You seem so calm and at peace....enjoying every moment. She is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing about your new baby girl.

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  38. So sweet. You are making me want a home birth! That not having to regain your sea legs sounds awfully nice.

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  39. I love those slow moment I wish I could get some more!!!!

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  40. I love this post. So beautiful and what a great reminder to slow down and enjoy life.

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