Photo Tuesday

October 12, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Posted in Lollipop, Photo Tuesday | 21 Comments
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Her birthday is this week.

Where have these four years gone?

We made it through the 34-hour labor. Through the colic we didn’t know was colic. Through the sleepless nights, the explosive diapers, and the tears — more mine than hers — of first vaccines.

We’ve celebrated together — bravely dipping her toes into the frothy surf for the first time, conquering the butterflies before her first roller coaster, and selecting a library book all on her own.

We’ve reached milestones, from walking and talking to learning letters and numbers. She writes her name. She eats mostly healthy stuff, except tomatoes, of course. She sleeps all night in her own room.

On the pediatrician’s checklist, she’s doing great. But beyond the charts and percentiles is where she really thrives.

She makes up songs, plans parties, and dresses her triumvirate — a sheep, a bear, and a bunny — for the occasion.

She helps Giggles put on his shoes and stash acorns in his backpack at preschool. She only steals his toys a little. And she asks every day if Bun can wear a princess dress yet.

She can swing, wield a glue stick, and put a puzzle together all by herself. She wants to make pink dresses when she grows up. She still has a tiny toothpaste addiction.

She prefers to wear headbands like 80s-style sweat-catchers in her bird’s-nest hair. She routinely makes pronouncements like “Today we are penguins, Mom!” She cracks me up.

Where have the years gone?

I see now that I’ve spent them collecting these anecdotes, watching her be in awe of the world around her and the endless possibilities in it. She has reminded me to be curious, to use my imagination, to choose whatever color I want.

She has reminded me that the world is always new, somewhere, some way, to someone. It can be for me, too, if I let myself look at it differently.

Her birthday is this week.

But the real gift is mine.

What has your oldest taught you? What stands out most from her baby- and toddler-hood? Where does the time go?

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  1. That picture makes me melt 🙂

    • I took that with my old dinosaur of a cell phone, if you can believe it!

  2. Awesome picture! And delicious post. My favorite part of motherhood is rediscovering the world. And, my big girl came home in that same car seat. Sigh. It goes so fast.

  3. That is a lovely baby photo – what a sweet smile. Lovely post – what an accomplished four year old she is. I totally agree, the gift is ours, learning to see life anew from the eyes of a child.

  4. So sweet! Her personality comes through your words… Love it.

  5. She sounds like such a fun girlie! Happy Birthday Lollipop!

  6. 1. That control is an illusion and to put stock in astrological signs.
    2. How much I loved being a mother and how, really, the baby I knew is the 10 year old I know. Her passions are the same.
    3. I don’t know.

    Happy Birthday, Lollipop! Seeing you always makes me smile!

  7. What a cute baby :). I had the same car seat. I love your writing.

  8. My one and only is still in baby/toddler-hood… When I read blogs like yours, I am often eager to be able to do more with my little one. Thanks for reminding me to enjoy the time we have now too. 🙂 Happy birthday to Lollipop!

  9. Happy Birthday Lollipop! You sound like such a joy, and what an inspiration you are to my own little girl.

    You done good mama – especially with this piece of writing. A lovely tribute to your firstborn.

    Have a wonderful week of celebration!

  10. “but the real gift is mine.” Sniff.

    (So, you’re telling me right now you got three kids under four? And you write a lovely blog? And shower?)

  11. Yeah, THANKS. Thanks a lot for reinforcing my weepy night. I’ve been wiping down Little People and fire trucks and other little kid paraphernalia to sell in a garage sale and it is KILLING ME. Where have 11 years gone?!? I have had 3 glasses of wine and it still isn’t making me any happier….:(

  12. “I see now that I’ve spent them collecting these anecdotes, watching her be in awe of the world around her and the endless possibilities in it. She has reminded me to be curious, to use my imagination, to choose whatever color I want.

    She has reminded me that the world is always new, somewhere, some way, to someone. It can be for me, too, if I let myself look at it differently.”

    They are magical, aren’t they, these little beings entrusted to us?

  13. My eldest is currently teaching me all about Captain Underpants. Who’d have thought it would come to this?

  14. Happy Birthday Lollipop!

    A lovely tribute to a beautiful girl. I believe the advances always are beyond the doctor’s visits.

    (Been catching up and, wow, I wish I could comment on every post. I truly love coming here and reading your words.)

  15. Tears, tears, tears. What a beautiful tribute to your not-so-big girl.

    Happy birthday, Lollipop. And happy birthing day to you, Stacia.

  16. What a gorgeous face! Look at those eyes! I’m melting.

  17. “She has reminded me that the world is always new, somewhere, some way, to someone. It can be for me, too, if I let myself look at it differently.”

    You are always saying things just right. Wow.

  18. Happy Birthday (again; I am reading your posts backwards)! I love your last line, that the real gift is yours. Isn’t that the truth. And gosh, I don’t know where the time goes. We’re lucky to be in an age where we can try to capture as many memories as possible through words, video, photos.

    Wow, up until today I hadn’t met another woman who had a longer labor than me (29 hours). But I think you and I can agree that we’d do it again and again if we had to 🙂

  19. Love the picture. My daughter has taught me to live and to forgive without hesitation.

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