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Posted by on Feb 22, 2011 in Children, Family, Life, Stay At Home Mom | 11 comments

It’s Not What You Expect

It’s Not What You Expect

There are so many pre-conceived notions when you become a parent. You think you’re going to be floored when they roll over for the first time, when they take their first steps and speak their first word. Surely you write these moments down in their baby book keeping excellent tabs on the when and where. But the moments that you want to break down and sob like a baby are the ones you least expect.

Last night my husband and I were chatting about our day after the kids went to bed. Suddenly I realized there was someone listening. There she was, my little girl, standing at the top of the stairs. Could it be that the tiny, precious child I just gave birth to was able to get out of bed on her own, all by herself? Ok, so it wasn’t “just” gave birth, it was two and a half years ago. Regardless, this can’t be right.

I never know how much times like these will affect me. The biggest milestones have been unpredictable. When she grew out of those size 6 month jeans she could wear for the first year of her life. When he started flirting, tilting his head in his own coy way, with Mommy and other ladies at 8 months. When I looked away for a second only to look back to see those wonderful little minds putting together a puzzle, together. Those are the exact blinks of an eye when I grasp just how it all works. And it’s not what I expected, but it is fascinating.


  1. Yep, those are the moments for sure! I’ve had many times where I try and take a mental picture of a moment, so precious, so touching. I hope my sieve of a mind can hold onto those, because they are far better than any picture I’ve taken. Enjoy them all!

    • Exactly, better than photos (although we are getting pretty good at grabbing that camera all the time, thanks to digital ;)…precious moments indeed.

  2. I completely agree! And, you have many more of those moments to come…. there will be times that you are so proud you feel your heart is going to leap out of your chest, and other times you see them hurting and you cry FOR them…times you are amazed at how strong and independent they are, and other times even in later years, that they just need their “mommy”!
    And, I agree with Deidre…the pictures in my mind, the mental snapshots of special moments are far better than any picture I have ever taken. The picture captures the beauty but our hearts capture the true moment!


    • Beautifully spoken like a true Mom. Thanks once again for your lovely input. I look forward to those years! XOs

  3. Perfectly described! And how adorably sneaky of her!!! I love you guys and your amazing children! You all have such brilliant memories to share! 🙂

  4. Is there a spot in the Baby Book for moments like those to write down? There should be! 🙂

  5. There’s nothing better then being a Mama. Truly an amazing experience every minute of the day!

  6. We love those moments!

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