August 24, 2009

This

In just a few weeks Ivy will be one year old. I came across this post from when she turned one week old. I'm holding it tight today.

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.

Originally posted September 22, 2008.


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24 comments:

  1. My son just turned one a few weeks ago. I can't believe it, that he was that tiny baby and that he's grown into this incredible little person.

    I feel so blessed, and I know you do too.

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  2. Ahhh, it's just so fleeting. You have given lil' Ivy an amazing gift with these posts...

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  3. Beautiful and breathtaking and making me want to have that next home birthed baby RIGHT NOW. Being able to stay at home in bed right away must be so amazing.

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  4. A family of 5 to a family of 6~Just Beautiful!!!!

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  5. Since Jackson just turned 2, this post resonates so loudly with me at the moment.

    You write more beautifully than I can say.

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  6. My baby turned one in April and time goes so quickly. Your post is beautiful, as is Ivy.

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  7. Awww... makes me realize how quickly the next 8 months will go. Suddenly he'll be walking and I'll be posting something like this. :)

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  8. Loved it then, love it now. I can't believe our girls are almost 1. It is crazy. Slow down time, slow down.

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  9. Congrats on your beautiful baby girl! The time goes SO fast! Happy almost birthday Ivy!

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  10. I can't believe how fast time flies; it seems like just yesterday I was refreshing your blog like CRAZY waiting for news of Ivy's birth.

    You're a lucky woman; I hope you enjoy these last few weeks before your darling daughter's first birthday =)

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  11. Stephanie Precourt - I love you, I love this blog, I love what you write and I love that Ivy-girl. *sigh* My wee man is turning 1 in just four weeks as well. And it's going too fast, isn't it? My mother once told me (about these years with small children), "The days are long but the years are too short." Amen.

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  12. oh gosh, that is beautiful.

    (and hurray! for homebirths!)

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  13. Love this...with #3 coming along in December, I realize that I will feel this again too- I already do with my 2 older ones but there is something about that first year birthday.

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  14. It's exactly the way you describe. I can't wait for my next homebirth!

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  15. I cannot believe she's going to be one already.

    And while things may not be as still as they once were, something tells me her very presence (all four them really) brings more peace than you've ever known. In spite of the busy.

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  16. Oh wow!! What a beautiful post. I wish I had been that calm and that relaxed about my daughter at that age. I was all wound up in go go going and I feel like I missed out on so much (and I was right here). But I never had the time to relax with her because when she was ten days old I was back to work. At home but still. Constantly going and never napping with her or just relaxing while she slept in my arms.

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  17. I began reading your blog when you were about to give birth to sweet Ivy girl (and I was about to give birth to my baby girl Elizabeth). It has been such an incredible journey to follow! You write from the heart, seemingly expressing exactly how my heart feels as well. Bittersweet that our girls are growing up SO fast *hugs*

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  18. Oh I loved this. The first time around was great, but looking back at it is just amazing.Time flies,and what a neat little gift we have for our children so show them stories and conversations from when they were so tiny...

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  19. Oh, you made me tear up (you manage to do that a lot).

    Birth is such a beautiful, miraculous thing. Maybe we will have another baby, after all...

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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  20. Very nice post for moms and kids..

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  21. I cannot believe she is almost a year old. My sister was due right after you in October which means my beautiful niece will be a year soon and i dont think i am ready. This year it will be my turn and with all the "new" babies from last year turning one within thenext few months it is making my time move to quickly. I am not sure i am ready for November to come so quickly.

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  22. Beautiful. I'm about 6 weeks away from my second homebirth, and excited to do it all over again. This post was perfect. Thank you.

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  23. Awww, this brought tears to my eyes! Beautiful! I love the stillness when life slows down for a moment...

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