December 24, 2008

So This Is What It's Like

Since the day she was born, maybe even before, I've felt like every moment with Ivy is like Christmas morning. I really don't know how else to explain it.

There is nothing like a Mama and her boys. My heart will always feel this way.





But it wouldn't be truthful for me to hide the sparkles in my heart and the tingles from the top of my head to the ends of my toes that I have for my baby girl.


As I dressed her for Christmas Eve in her ruffled tights, navy patent leather shoes, beautiful dress, and bow for her head I felt like every crevice in my being was filled complete.

In that portion of time I truly felt like I had it all.

I'm where I am. Wherever that is. It's where I should be.

Recognizing I'm so incredibly blessed that it can not be contained. That's the abundance I seek.


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36 comments:

  1. You described the love for a daughter so perfectly. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  2. Merry Christmas to you and Ivy and those adorable boys, too. And to your dh! :) Okay, Merry Christmas to you and your family -- that covers it!

    ~ Lori

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  3. I never knew what it felt like before Kai. Beautifully written!

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  4. You are both so lovely! I love dressing my little girl up for the holidays! The boys are cute, but not nearly as orchestrated as the wardrobe of a little princess. She completes you! Merry Christmas! Love, Jen

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  5. Ivy is just adorable!!!! I have 2 girls and I love it!!!!

    Dress up is so much fun, and the cuddle and kisses!!!

    Merry Christmas !!!!

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  6. So sweet! I feel the same about my daughters! I hope that sweet baby feeling stays forever...for you and me! Merry Christmas!

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  7. You are blessed and so deserving of every blessing. She looks gorgeous!

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  8. Jen said it all...She completes you! I am so glad you got to dress your little princess in her first Christmas dress. She looked like a Doll! You both look so beautiful.

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  9. I agree, there is something to be said for the mother/son bond. But sometimes there are no words for the feelings I have for my daughter. You and your living doll look beautiful!

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  10. you both look ravishing! and to think, the joy she brings to your life has just begun. here's to many more Christmas dresses, and hair bows, and loving cute shoes!!

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  11. I wish you the most beautiful Christmas ever... with all of your little miracles!! Have a glorious, restful, happy day!!

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  12. i feel that...it cannot be contained.

    merry christmas, steph!

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  13. Beautiful picture! So glad you're feeling like this! I had a really hard time emotionally when my son was born & wasn't totally able to appreciate the blessing he is for about 7 weeks...hopefully with my next baby I'll be able to appreciate him or her right away.

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  14. You know I understand! ;) Merry Christmas, dear--

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  15. That is wonderful Steph. I enjoyed my last daughter dressing her for Christmas, it is a lovely memory.

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  16. I know what you mean. I can't put it into words...but it's a powerful, powerful thing.

    Merry Christmas!

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  17. Yes, yes, yes!

    I actually have 2 daughters and a son, but I didn't feel complete with just one daughter and one son. My third child has given me a sense of completeness. She's 7 months old and the love affair has not worn off at all.

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  18. You gals are beautiful! As the mom to soon to be six -- a mix of boys and girls -- I know there is a special joy for each but I will have to say that when number four was born, there was something different. I was a different person. I felt like I knew more about being a mom and could just enjoy life with a new baby! I really enjoy your descriptions of your love!

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  19. Merry Christmas Stephanie!

    Yes, daughters and sons have their own specialness... it is a true joy to experience both.

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  20. I love this post. I sit on the other side of the fence. A side I never thought I would sit on. I love getting all (6) of my girls dressed up for the Holidays and this year I have a little man to dress. Sometimes I just can't contain myself and i just have to squeeze him. I finally get to feel that feeling that a mother gets when she holds her SON.

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  21. Well said!!! I feel the same!

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  22. I'm totally tucking this quote away for future for future inspiration:
    I'm where I am. Wherever that is. It's where I should be.

    Recognizing I'm so incredibly blessed that it can not be contained. That's the abundance I seek.

    Beautiful. Merry Christmas!

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  23. You describe your love and adoration for Ivy the way my mom always described her love and adoration for me. I have 3 older brothers. ;) I'm the baby...the only girl. It's been a great life. My mom has always been my best friend and my brothers....well, they adore me, too. I'm extremely spoiled. :)

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  24. I'm so glad you have Ivy as the icing on your amazing cake.

    I hope her first Christmas was merry and bright and so memorable for you!

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  25. Beautiful thoughts. In abundance.

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  26. She really is adorable and I can see how much fun it would be to have a little girl!

    Nell

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  27. Such a sweet post! And it means so much to me because we just found out that baby #4 is girl #1. :)

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  28. What a beautiful post! And the pic is gorgeous!

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  29. I have one of each, and I feel the same way! There's just something about little girls... each of my children have a special place in my heart, but matchbox cars hardly give me the same feeling as dresses and bows :) Merry Christmas!

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  30. I felt exactly like that for the first year of Julia's life... like everyday was Christmas. I couldn't get over how blessed I was.

    I still of course am so madly in love with both of my girls... but after having waited so long to get pregnant with Julia, it was so hard to believe how blessed I was.

    But I still constantly am amazed at how lucky I am to have my girls!!!

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  31. Merry Christmas to your family!! BTW: Your daughter and I share the same first name! :0) LOL

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  32. I meant to comment before...this was probably the best Christmas post I read anywhere! Love.

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  33. I know this is how I will (hopefully) feel some day. Right now I am content with my sweet baby boy, Elias, but my heart longs for a girl too.

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  34. Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. I hope you had a very merry Christmas!

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