January 23, 2009

What They'd Give Just For The Right To Hold You

Capturing the attention and hearts of everyone she sees is definitely one of Ivy's strengths.

Recently it was a particular older lady, who was inspired to share stories of when her two daughters were little girls and oh how she missed those days. Hold her as much as you can. It goes so fast. With a mist in her eyes she whispered, wavered.

It goes so fast.

I was so glad Ivy was generous with her smiles and coos. I think it blessed this woman's heart.

I found her longing, her wrinkled hand on my shoulder, "I envy you."

For a moment I caught my breath.

And I understood.

Rest your head close to my heart, never to part, baby of mine.


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56 comments:

  1. Oh my, Steph. No makin' me cry, now...

    Beautiful.

    It goes by too too fast.

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  2. This is beautiful, Steph. Sometimes I look at Luke and think about what it'll be like when he's grown...and how sometimes the days that seem so long will be the days that I long for. It's so important to remember just how fast it goes.

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  3. I tell myself and my husband that often... it'll all be gone too fast and we'll miss it. Enjoy each moment...even in the madness of it all.

    Nell

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  4. Aww! I get so caught up with frustration because my son is in the "terrible twos" ugh I need to enjoy this time because soon he will be starting school and then BAM next thing I know..he's married with kids of his own! :( Gosh I only have 9 more years with my daughter at home, then she'll want to leave her parents to experience the "real" world. This is madness. Boo again.

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  5. My son will be 5 in February, and it is killing me. This all goes WAY too fast! I spend too much time wishing it was easier and not just savoring it.

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  6. Thank you for the reminder! We move too fast these days and often forget how fast our babies grow up.

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  7. I love that song from Dumbo!
    It's so sad, yet so beautiful.
    I sang it to all my babies.

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  8. I love that song! It makes me cry...but I sing it to my girls...even my big 7 yr old baby asks me to sing it sometimes :)

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  9. It's SOoooo true. I can remember like it was yesterday when my baby girl was Ivy's age - and now she's turning 6 this year. It goes so fast. *sniffle*

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  10. Well that just made me all misty-eyed. What a sweet story.

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  11. That is my favorite song.

    I just hold my new baby girl and wish I could stop time. My oldest is 10 and it seems just like yesterday I was holding him. Now in less than 8 years he will be a man. If only I could keep them young and close to me forever.

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  12. Oh I love that song... makes me think of "Beaches."

    SO sweet...

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  13. Awww...I am definitely crying! It's true- I often see older people whose kids are grown & envy them their freedom...but yes, we are so blessed- if we can just take time to recognize it!!! :)

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  14. Oh I am so feeling the same thing, Steph! My baby is going to be a year old next month and it is killing me!! I just can't believe how fast it is going...can't I just stop time for a little bit!!

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  15. I LOVE BABY MINE!!!

    Beautiful post!

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  16. Absolutely beautiful Stephanie. I am listening to this song right now, just sang it to Libby to get her down for her afternoon nap. It's so true, goes so fast and then they're grown and gone.

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  17. I can't even get through that song anymore. The Allison Krauss version? I just can't. I lose it every time. I try to hold on, just like you. But my kids keep growing anyway.

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  18. when in the trenches it is so hard to remember that it will go by so fast and then it will be over. Thanks for the reminder!

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  19. Awe, that is making me want to cry. How time seems to fly all the faster when a baby is around.

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  20. I love it when older people tell stories....I had 2 boys and then a girl or I had 5 girls or I was only blessed with 1 child even though we wanted more. Everyone has a story thanks for reminding us how important it is to listen!

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  21. She's right, but you know that. The time literally flies by. It's hard to realize it's happening because you're just so, so busy, but one day you wake up and your babes are handing you their babes.

    It goes by in a heartbeat.

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  22. Oh my goodness, that made me teary-eyed holding my little guy right now. It is a precious time.

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  23. very sweet... now off to kiss my baby!

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  24. Today, on THIS day, my firstborn turns 11...he needs me less and less and I ache to cuddle him more and more. I'm so lucky that he's the kind of kid that still cuddles on the couch and lets me mommy him, but the day is coming...I can feel it.

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  25. These women are angels for those with young babies caught in the moment. The same thing happened to me 6 years ago. Nathan was a very demanding baby almost 24/7. He never slept and lived in a baby carrier tied to me. We were in the JcPenny's bathroom and I was changing him for a photo shoot. Fussing he was as usual, an elderly lady walks in and gently says in a nurturing voice "oh a little sweet baby, the best days of your life and your don't even realize it until it's gone." OH MY! I get tears just writing this. I never saw her face but think of her often. How true.

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  26. You have such a beautiful way with words!

    Thank you for this!
    Heidi

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  27. That is just beautiful and so true! They do grow so fast and sometimes it does make me want to cry.

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  28. Bless you, and that sweet little girl of yours - beautiful, it does go by way to fast!

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  29. ooooohhhh - Giiiirrrlll - that is way too heartwrenching!!!!

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  30. Sweet. What a blessing your babe is... Treasure the moments, and share them with the rest of us...

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  31. I am so happy to found your blog, I love your way with words -- I also greatly respect your obvious tie to your children -- I so frequently think children are pushed to grow up and parents miss so much. I frequently am told I may need to 'let go' and then I can come here and know it is okay!!! Thanks.

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  33. Thanks Steph, its important to remeber how quicky this time goes by. I keep this little poem in my kitchen:


    Cleaning and scrubbing
    will wait till tomorrow
    but children grow up
    as I've learned to my sorrow

    So quiet down cobwebs,
    dust go to sleep,
    I'm rocking my baby,
    babies don't keep


    Feel free to replace "rocking" with "holding" or "wearing" or "carrying"

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  34. Such a sweet post! I'm feeling the time fly by with my little ones, too! I wish I could stop it and keep them little, sweet and innocent forever!

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  35. sniff, sniff....oh how time flies, if we could all just breathe it in. I can't wait for my girl to get here!

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  36. Abby is 14 months old and while she likes to be held, she's not so into the cuddling anymore. I want her to rest her head on my shoulder like she used to and all she wants me for is the view - to lift her higher up so she can see.

    She was sick not too long ago and it was kind of weird to say but I liked it because all she wanted to do was cuddle.

    It goes by so fast...

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  37. How true and what a beautiful story. They grow up so very fast.

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  38. oh that makes me tear up. SO TRUE!! My mom says the same and that she gets to relive it with her grandchildren.

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  39. You're making me want to go out and ovulate or something!! Not really -- but I do wish I could have appreciated it more. I think that I did (and have) with my son, since he came 5 years after my daughter and I knew (or planned anyway) for him to be my last.

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  40. Oh wow! I've got goose bumps! Makes me super excited to see my next little one and to hold these two precious boys a little longer in their hugs!!!!

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  41. Sweetpea has that affect on strangers too, and what a blessing it can be, the reminder from a complete stranger when we are hurried or hectic. I can't believe my daughter is almost 2 now...

    Hugs,
    Steph

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  42. That is one thing I absolutely love about Gus. AJ never allowed me to hold him. Gus LOVES it. It makes me feel so wonderful and wanted, so unlike when AJ was small.

    You are right...hold tight.

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  43. I was feeling this exact way this morning as Violet was napping on my chest. This is our last baby. I am trying my best to be fully present in each moment.

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  44. I always sang Baby Mine to a friend's baby when I babysat her to get her to sleep. It meant so much more once I got to sing it to my own babies. One of my favorites for sure!

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  45. Yes, yes and yes.

    I think about how fast it goes so often. What a wise woman to remind you. Not that you needed reminding. You're a wise woman too :)

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  46. Every day Gabe does something new and exciting, and every day I treasure just a little bit more the time spent cuddling and nursing. I don't know where the past 17 months have gone, but I know they've been special. I love these memories. Keep holding her. :)

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  47. I feel the tears welling up. I had a couple of similar experiences, and they really made me even more grateful for my little guy.

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  48. Your post remided me of the same experiences I've had. I blogged about it tonight.

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  49. That makes me cry. I just know that older woman is going to be me someday. This is the most precious time I will ever have.

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  50. I love to give older people some joy with letting them see babies! Ivy is such a doll and it seems like you were just announcing your pregnancy! Crazy how fast tim flies!

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