Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Soaking Up These Moments

I love babies. I love the newborn smell. I love the first smile. I love everything there is about babies - even the waking up in the middle of the night for bottles.

But this stage of Elizabeth's life is by far my most favorite. She is so energetic. So smiley. So much fun. She's almost 9 months and is becoming more fun every single day (if that is even possible!). 

Our little munchkin is learning new things everyday and it amazes me. Last week, my husband and I were talking about how our little JB doesn't say "dada" or "mama" much anymore. After speaking with a few mommy friends, as well as my best friend who is a speech-language pathologist, they all assured me it was just a phase. I figured it was because she's learning to do so many other things. But then this past weekend, we were all playing on our bed and in the sweetest and most clear voice, Elizabeth said "mama" and then looked right at me. Talk about a warm and fuzzy feeling in my heart. Over the course of the weekend, she said "mama" a ton. She also said "baba" for the first time (baba is what we call her bottle). It's like she heard us talking and wanted to let us know that she, as always, is doing HER thing and that we simply cannot compare her to other babies - she likes to do her own thing! The learning that takes place on a day-to-day basis just blows my mind. What she can't do one day, she figures out the next day. 

On Saturday afternoon, while we were in our hotbox of a house, Elizabeth and I were playing in the living room. She said "mama" and then reached her arms out in a "mama, I want to hug you" motion. Oh. My Gosh. I snuggled her forever after that. I kissed her sweet cheeks. I blew raspberries on her neck. I told her how much mama loves her. The feeling of love in this moment filled my heart and put a smile on my face. 

Then, on Sunday afternoon, my husband was having a difficult time getting her to drink her bottle. I was able to get her to drink a few ounces and then I thought she was going to do her typical "4-ounce" dance party - this is where she drinks 4 ounces and then wants to stand on us, bounce, and wiggle around. But instead, this time, she climbed up my chest and put her lips on my cheek, as if she was giving me a kiss. It was probably one of the sweetest moments we've shared together. I called my husband into the room and gleefully said "Elizabeth just gave me a kiss!" 

A hug and a kiss? All in one weekend? Along with her saying "mama", as if she completely understands that I am her mama? These are the moments. These are the moments that I don't ever, ever want to forget. I wish I had hidden cameras to capture these moments. Sure, I take hundreds of pictures every week and I'm so thankful for these photographs.

 But these moments. 
These are just the moments that I wish upon every couple praying to conceive a baby. 
These are the moments that I wish upon the parents who have a critically ill baby in the hospital. 
These are the moments that I wish every parent is able to have.

Soaking in these moments is what makes being a parent such a magical blessing. I remember all throughout my pregnancy, I was so excited about holding Elizabeth for the first time or seeing that first smile. I wasn't even thinking about the warm and fuzzy feelings I would have when she did other things, like talking for the first time. Or hugging me. Or trying to give me a kiss. Or when she rubs my face as I'm feeding her in the nursery, staring into my eyes with her big, beautiful eyes. Or when she looks at me like I'm the most important person in the world.

She will be nine months in a little over a week and every day is more exciting than the last. These moments are what makes being a mommy the absolute best job in the world. These are the moments that make me count my blessings for having this beautiful baby girl in our lives. 

These are the moments that I want to soak up and remember forever - not just the moment, but the feeling behind these moments. 
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  1. AWwww i totally melted at the part where she said mama and gave you the hugging motion :')

  2. aww, I had a sappy grin reading all of this! how adorable! I love the newborn smell as well. My niece is just 3 weeks old and every time I see her I have to smell her. Adorable! Can't wait when it's my turn to experience all that!

  3. Such a sweet story. You'll have to make sure you keep a hard copy of this to give to her when she has children!

  4. Those little moments are so precious. I had a smile on my face throughout! :)

  5. I love the "firsts". Such a wonderful experience. Thank you for sharing it.

  6. That was a special weekend! I remember those days - so special.

  7. Aww, so much sweetness! Those are definitely the moments a mama lives for :)

  8. That is too cute! Time definitely flies.


  9. Precious moments for sure! So sweet your little one is starting to say mama and even reach for you. Love it. Can't wait for the baby stuff again!

  10. Yes! 9 months was one of my favorite months with my daughter! It is so fun. Babies are amazing.


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