Thursday, April 8, 2010

Baby Steps...

I find myself celebrating Astrid's accomplishments with complete abandon. She deserves a pony for learning to patty-cake and a trip to Europe for doing "so-big."

Perhaps a bit of an exaggeration, but that is where my heart is with her.

No matter the crying, whining, bitching, being up all night, icky faces, particular attitude, constipation, or just being thankful she is cute - she is being celebrated.

Now as a typical mother of this generation, I am feeling like I slighted my others in wishing away their babyhood and just wanting them to grow-up. Whether true or not.
But not this time. How lucky am I to "know" this is my last baby and to appreciate every minute of her very long days.

How sad am I that I cried this week when she clapped for the first time or that I show-off her "so big" to strangers at the grocery store. I encourage her to click her tongue as she learns "trick" after "trick" and I revel in her new found genius that only a mother can appreciate.

Now I just need to use this complete and utter crazy motherly abandon when Esther learns to ride her bike this Summer and Eloise discovers the cure for cancer.
What are you celebrating in your kids life today?

P.S. Cute dress huh - I wore it 41 years ago...


Melanie said...

What a sweet, sweet dress! I love it!
And I love that you are celebrating Astrid's milestones, big & small! I absolutely love doing "so big" with Drew!
And I love celebrating & doing happy dances with my other kids, too...when Darcy learned to use the potty, when Sophie reads new words, when Jack shares his amazing insights, when my kids are helpful & show kindness to one another. It is pretty cool being a mom!

Mathmom and family said...

Here is another warning to you... I cried at every milestone of Annie's. With Ella (#4) I'm not missing a thing. I have no tears with the claps, sentences, big-girl pants, and independence. I'm thinking that you are meant to have another.

As for our celebrations, I'm celebrating Annie's reading successes, Maggie's helpfulness, Ella's vocabulary strides, and Morgan's crafty explorations. Maggie made homemade laundry detergent for me today by herself. That alone is enough to celebrate, right?

AFC said...

OH I am the same way with Jacob..except I think i want another one! I am not ready to be done with babyhood. I am not sick of it at all. Wish you lived closer so Astrid and Jacob could clap together!

Rachelle said...

Look at what a precious little girlie poo she is! What a dolly. I still want her. And, now I want that red chair too. And, keep in mind that because you said you "know" this is your last one, you're bound to wind up pregnant. Kidding, but still... watch out. :o)

colored pencilgrandma said...

I celebrate the fact that I have a beautiful son, daughter, daughter in law and three little granddaughters. How lucky can one get. Who needs more?
Oh Astrid is getting soooo big! Can't wait to see her and Eand E in person.

Wendy said...

That dress is remarkably cute for being 41 years old! Apparently good taste runs in your family.

I am celebrating in the same way - my little Marielle pretty much potty trained herself and I am almost sad that there will be no more diapers to change. *ALMOST.*

heather said...

What a sweet post. A little bittersweet isn't it? It totally touched me in the thought of how fast the baby days go by.

I'm sad now to think I may not have relished every moment like I should have. I'm sure I did, but I was also working full-time and never looked at my girls as my "last baby".

Now I'm heartbroken to realize that Bethany may be my last. I've been unsuccessful in convincing my husband that our family is not complete and that I've always wanted *3* children.

I may show him this post to help him realize my feelings. Though it probably won't help. So, instead do you have any ideas on how I can get my way? ha!

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