August 16, 2009

I have been thinking for awhile about taking the time to find a quotation, a few crap photographs that I would otherwise delete, and then mashing them all together so that I have a post that whispers a small story of our family’s life at various moments in time.  So I poked around the blogosphere and found a few ideas, things that other people were already doing that came very close to what I wanted to do.  Except I didn’t want to JUST use a quote.  And I didn’t want to use good pictures, I wanted to use pictures that I don’t appreciate now, but I might appreciate later for the tales they tell.  And I wasn’t too keen on poetry.  Or relying entirely on the images.

So I stirred up those ideas and this is what I have: our cherished, forgettable happenings.

There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.  - Chinese proverb

1.  My breast throbbed and ached, so we interrupted our daughter’s slumber to have her nurse.  She was so sleepy it took us ten minutes to wake her up.  Then, she suckled with her eyes closed and a happy grin on her face.  “I love feeding her,“ I told my husband, “but when her eyes are closed the whole time, I feel like a cow.“  The next day, I put her to my breast and she made eye contact.  Then she reached her hand out and grabbed my finger.  I fell in love all over again.

2.  “The house is a mess,” I said.  “It’s a mess and it smells like cat shit.”  Then, while Charlotte and I slept, he opened the windows and washed the dishes and cleaned the litter box.

3.  We sat around all day long, just the three of us.  Charlotte and I stayed in our pajamas and the cat slept by our side.  The cat did not move an inch for hours.  The only time I moved was when I needed to change Charlotte’s diaper.  In the afternoon, Charlotte was asleep on my chest and I could hear them both snoring.  I have never been happier.  What a perfect way to spend a day.

(Credit for the ideas goes to: Rebecca from Girl’s Gone Child (Sunday Snaps are her brainchild; I think freezing the little moments in time is such a brilliant idea), Sheye from Sheye Rosemeyer Photography (who inspired the whole ensemble), and Tabitha from Fresh Mommy (she hosts a weekly Sunday Citar and let’s be honest, sometimes a quote just speaks to you).

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  1. By Dutch Donut Girl on August 16, 2009

    An adorable post!

  2. By on August 16, 2009

    Love the Booger sucker! you dont realise their value until its missing! lol

  3. By Stephanie on August 16, 2009

    I love this!!! I’ve been wanting to do something similar. I miiiiight.

  4. By Jasmine on August 16, 2009

    I love Sunday Snaps- Rebecca does such a good job- I think you’ve honored her well   ;)

  5. By kate on August 16, 2009

    My husband used to call me the milk wagon.
    And now that our third child is 18 months old, those sweet moments—the ones when all the commotion stops and it is just that sweet babe nursing are far more fleeting.  So thanks for the photos to remember how small they once were…and for the giggles and sighs of solidarity in remembering how hazy and exhausting and sore those first few months can be.

    By the way, Charlotte is beautiful.

  6. By April on August 16, 2009

    love this.  the nursing pic especially.  can’t wait to have another newborn at my chest :-)

  7. By Muthering Heights on August 16, 2009

    I know what you mean about feeling like a cow…I joke that I’m my son’s milk tap!“

  8. By Elaine on August 16, 2009

    I love your reflection in the laptop.

  9. By erin on August 17, 2009

    Awww, your house looks like mine!  Laptops and mail and nasal aspirators everywhere.  I feel so much better now.

  10. By Heidi on August 20, 2009

    Booger sucker! HA! I think I’ll get Joe one of those.

    Your house smells like cat shit and mine smells like pug dander.

    I love that middle picture. Thanks for keepin’ it real ... well, except for your nips. :)

  11. By Megan@SortaCrunchy on August 23, 2009

    Oh, mama.  You are doing so great.  I love the photos, love the letters, just love it all.  It IS a crazy, insane time, these first few weeks.  First few months, actually.  I think you’ll find each day, each week, each month - all better than the one before.  Keep capturing these moments.  there just aren’t words in our language to describe how unthinkably fast these days will go by, even if some days feel like an eternity in and of itself.

    You are doing beautiful work.  I’m so proud of you.

  12. By Tabitha (From Single to Married) on August 25, 2009

    What a perfect way to remember the quiet times.  She is a very lucky baby!





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