The very best of all.
April 10, 2009

Donald and I spent a large chunk of time snuggling and reading out loud to one another last night.  This back-and-forth is something we try to make a habit of, and we’ve said for months that this is something we will enjoy sharing with our child.  The baby always kicks hardest and squirms most when it hears Donald’s voice and, true to form, our little whippersnapper was a frenzy of kicks and squirms and sporadic movements through most of the evening.

At one point, I was laying with my head in Donald’s lap.  He was twirling my hair around his fingers and his voice was a sea of tones, up and down and sideways and backwards, as he read.  The baby was thumping along, squirming about, kicking hardest at the rises in Donald’s voice and settling down when his voice fell and stopping altogether when we reached a lull in the story.

Just a single sweet memory in our happy little family, nothing special, nothing outstanding, nothing extraordinary.  Probably nothing that I would even remember if I did not write it down.  But I thought of the millions of memories we have yet to make, the thousands of evenings we will spend snuggled with our children, the hundreds of times we will reenact that scene as parents.

And then I totally lost my shit.


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I am so. damned. happy.


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  1. By kbreints on April 10, 2009

    What an awesome night. Sounds like you are starting those family traditions already…. those are the best! Have a great weekend!

  2. By Tabitha (From Single to Married) on April 10, 2009

    I’m glad that you’re writing these stories so that you do have them and you can share them with your little ones as they grow.  So very sweet and special.

  3. By aimee on April 10, 2009

    Lovely! What a gift you are giving to your child by recording these moments. I am sure he or she will treasure them!

  4. By liz on April 10, 2009

    what a sweet post :) it made me smile. you’re going to love being a mommy!

  5. By Jes the Bes on April 10, 2009

    LOL. Beautiful story and a wonderful, but I love the ending. You crack me up.

  6. By Napmom on April 10, 2009

    Reading out loud is one of my favorite pasttimes.  Emily and I do it every day.  She really looks forward to it.  Right now, Brody just likes to turn the pages - he’ll get the hang of it.

    Great story.  Can’t wait to meet the little “whippersnapper.“

  7. By Stephanie on April 10, 2009

    AAAHH YES!!! I love this! I’m so happy you’re reading out loud! Sean and I have read out loud to each other since we’ve been together (I read him the entire Harry Potter series once), and we did it while I was pregnant, and now we’re reading the first Harry Potter to Jasper—I’m hoping he’s out before it’s finished. :)

    But seriously, this is so beautiful. I love moments like this, where you’re on the edge of a new part of life, and you just realize how amazing it’s going to be…sssiiigh.

  8. By Jinxy on April 10, 2009

    What a wonderful night.

  9. By erin on April 10, 2009

    Oh, Sarah.  Thank you.  This last month is so tough, let me tell you.  You keep my chin up by reminding me why I am so thrilled to be making this child when all I can think about is how swollen my feet hurt and that I am not sleeping.  Thank you for these reminders.

  10. By Alison (cluckandtweet) on April 10, 2009

    I think that it’s so important that we actually take these little moments that are so easy to miss and realize how happy they make us.  It’s not the big things, it’s the little things that add up and make us whole. That said, I am a much better reader-alouder than my husband.  I’d constantly be correcting his pronunciation if he read aloud to me.  But he has been reading Harry Potter aloud to our 10 and 12 year old and they love it.  And I love it.  Even if they think it’s Minavera and Doughby and, my favorite, the demonators.  Not that I don’t correct him.

  11. By Chelle on April 10, 2009

    Are you kidding me?  That child is going to be one happy baby when it comes into the world!  He or she will know immediately who you both are just by your voices and if you continue reading like this will be quite intelligent!  Do you play music and sing and dance, too? 

    You are both amazing and loving parents and the child hasn’t even arrived yet!  You’ve got a headstart!

  12. By Allison on April 10, 2009

    Aw! Wonderful post. The picture is *perfect* too.

  13. By tracey on April 10, 2009

    Sweet post. VERY sweet…

    The process of going from 2 to 3 is phenomenal. Enjoy it and continue to record it. You are going to love reading this stuff in a few years…

    Take care.

  14. By Elizabeth on April 10, 2009

    All I have to say is enjoy the quiet time that you guys have right now! lol ;)

  15. By banteringblonde on April 10, 2009

    Love this ... I remember a quieter time, you will be so glad you’ve written this down.  And your baby will know both of you right away for sure!!

  16. By Jennifer W. on April 10, 2009

    Beautiful


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