Tuesday, February 24, 2009

In this chair.

Before my son was born, my best friend told me she had something special she was going to give me after he arrived.

It was the book Love You Forever. She wanted to wait till after his birth because she knew it would have even more meaning then. She knew. I would hold his teeny tiny body in this chair, reading it to him, tears running down my face.
It's about a Momma who picks up her baby while he sleeps, and rocks him back and forth,

back and forth

back and forth

And she would sing,
I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living,
my baby you'll be.

I don't even know when I started doing it, but it's been a long time. It's a special treat just for me. I don't even know if my husband knows I do it.

I'll pick up my sleeping boy, sit in this chair, and rock him back and forth,

back and forth

back and forth

Last night I realized how hard it is getting to get sleeping two-year-old out of his crib. He still bends his arms behind his head and arches his back and stretches, just like a baby. Do you know that stretch? He still does it. And then we settle into the chair and I rock him back and forth.

I stare at him in the dark, and every single time I do it, I remember sitting in this chair when he was days, weeks, months old, staring at that same face in the dark. I sit and stare and time just stops.
Once in a while, his eyes will barely open, a huge smile will come across his face and he'll say clear as day whatever he's dreaming about -- usually Dadda, choo choos or Ho Ho Ho (Santa). I'll laugh so hard and he'll keep smiling and then he'll fall back to sleep.

I sit and wish I could have him back as a baby, just for one day, one hour, one minute. Just to remember. All the while, I'm in the moment, memorizing his face, the weight of his body, his smell. So I don't forget.

But I know in two years, when I'm sitting and rocking my four-year-old, I will think back to when he was two, and I will have forgotten. Don't you wish you could bottle it up?

So I'll just continue my ritual, grabbing my sleeping boy, sitting in this chair, and rocking back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living,
my baby you'll be.

112 comments:

  1. I love that book too. I didn't see it until my kids were in elementary school. Now that they are teenagers, there is no way that I can lift them out of bed to rock them, but sometimes I can sneak in a little rocking when they hug me goodnight.

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  2. Beautiful post! I sometimes get my 3 year old up in the middle of the night to rock him, too.

    I cannot read that book without bawling. So, I did the next best thing. I had a necklace custom made for me with baby pics of my son on my first Mother's Day. On the back, it's engraved with the verse,

    "I'll love you forever,
    I'll like you for always,
    As long as I'm living,
    my baby you'll be."

    I will always hold that necklace near my heart and for a moment, he will still be that tiny boy.

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  3. What a sweet, sweet post.

    I have an idea...
    Have another baby. :)

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  4. Dang you...you made me cry! Don't you just love that book? I wish we could bottle it up. And I would give it to all those who were never able to have kids, or those who have lost kids. It's precious and will be over all too soon...

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  5. Pregnancy Hormones + Reading Your Post = Tears for the zillionth time today! Ha! So so sooooo sweet.

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  6. I am not a Mother, but this touches me deeply. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about your precious son.c

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  7. *sniff*
    *sniff*

    Yes, it goes by much too fast. I love that book!

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  8. One of my favorite books too...my baby is almost 13 and is now taller than me, seems like just yesterday we were reading that book!

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  9. I loved reading every word of this post. I love that story. And I love your chair!
    I know that feeling of wanting to bottle up those moments. I think I will rock my two year old a wee bit longer than usual tonight at bedtime. Thanks for such a lovely post!

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  10. Aww, great book! A friend gave us that book too! Makes my wanna cry every time.

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  11. That book makes me sad. I read it once and then I had to get rid of it. It was so depressing.

    I know what you mean about wanting to bottle it up. My daughter is 4 1/2 and we haven't used the rocking chair in almost a year :(

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  12. Awww, that makes me want to cry! I love that book too. It IS a little tough pulling a 14 1/2 year old out of his bed to cradle him while he sleeps, so instead I breath in the moments when he plops his feet on top of my lap when we watch tv, or when I'm able to make him laugh when we're tooling around town in the car. They are truly such a gift, and every moment is very precious.

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  13. Try getting that book from your Grandmother!! Not just any kind of Grandma either, I named my child after her!! So for me that book is linked to not just my children but my Grandmother as well! Oh, how can you NOT cry when reading that book. My older kids just kind of stare at me when I read it. I mean, I have to pause because I'm crying so hard!! LOVE IT!! I have an older child and holy cow do I still do it to her! I'm on the small side (not just by a little, either) and that little girl of mine is already up to my nose! Sigh! Time does stand still when you are rocking sleeping children...even if they are almost as big as you! Thanks for the sweet post.
    Rebecca
    RootsAndWingsCo.blogspot.com

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  14. I've been toying with selling my glider now that the kids are older, and we've decided not to have another baby. But, last weekend, I decided to recover it in a more contemporary fabric and move it to another room. Too many memories to let go of in that chair!

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  15. I know what you maan, for sure. That book is precious to me. It's so fun watching them grow up but so sad at the same time. So many precious things I fear I'll forget.

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  16. I love that book. I sob whenever I read it out loud! Motherhood is definitely the most wonderful of all blessings!

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  17. Your post made me cry! I know exactly how you feel. I do wish we could bottle it. My son will turn 3 in March and sometimes i think if we could just turn back the hands of time. Keep rocking!!

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  18. Stop it ya'll are making me cry! My babies are getting much too big!!!

    Suzanne
    That will be the first book I buy for my grandbaby whenever it comes along.....:)

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  19. Those are moments to definitly be cherished!! My daughters are 20 & 12 and boy how I wish I could have a few moments with them again as little ones!!! They grow up too fast so don't take for granted one minute!! They truly are a gift from God!

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  20. I love that book. My aunt gave it to me for my first mother's day 12 years ago. It was one of my son's favorites so I read it every night. Then I read it to the next two that came & needed to be rocked & cuddled.

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  21. I love that book too. My kids are way too old to be rocked,so I sure understand the desire to bottle that feeling. Great post.

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  22. I just posted about how it goes too fast. My twins are not quite two and I am already feeling saddened that they are no longer my tiny babies. I too sneak some snuggle time at night. Those are such precious times. BTW I have the same rocker.

    Thanks for sharing your moment with us!

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  23. That is SO SWEET! I sneak into my kids' rooms, every night, after they are asleep. First, I make sure they're breathing. (Just keeping it real!) Then I smooth the hair off their face, put them back under their covers (my toddler is like a little monkey when she's asleep!), and whisper in their ear, "Mommy loves you." Every night. It's my treat, and my peace of mind.

    And yes, I know that stretch. My two year old still does it when I have to turn her around in bed.

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  24. whew - that book gets me everytime!

    ...this post did the same!!

    I have 2 under 2 and so often I feel I'm missing so much in the chaos of it all...

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  25. Sniff sniff! That book always makes me weepy....it is so bittersweet watching your babies grow up.

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  26. I too have a two year old and we read that book. He always laughs at the teenager page and how silly those boys are being. I can't help but think how quickly he's going to be that teenage boy with pizza on the floor and goofy friends...

    I've never been brave enough to get him out of bed - for fear that he wouldn't go to sleep but I cherish our rocking time before bed and when he takes naps on me!

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  27. i read that book to my son one time, cried from the first page on, and haven't read it since! i've tried, and every dang time i cry! but like you, EVERY nite when i rock him to sleep, i take a big sniff of his head, notice how much more room he takes up on my lap, feel the weight of his little body (now 1 1/2 yrs) and try with all my heart to make the seconds stop ticking for just a moment. it never works. but oh how i hope i remember.

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  28. It's so true. One of the tragedies of motherhood is forgetting many of the little details that when we suddenly get a reminder, it takes our breath away.

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  29. I just wrote a post on my family blog about this same thing. Have you heard the song by Trace Adkins, You're Gonna Miss This? Here's the chorus:
    You're gonna miss this
    You're gonna want this back
    You're gonna wish these days
    hadn't gone by so fast
    These are some good times
    So take a good look around
    You may not know it now
    But you're gonna miss this

    Thank you for this post. You hit my pregnant emotional string, and I was trying to hold back the tears as my 19 month old sits on my lap. I hope we all will never forget those cherished moments with our babies and children!

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  30. I LOVE that book! Recently, we were going through some books that we were donating to the school. My husband started to put it into the donate pile. My 14 year old son stopped him. He was like "that's my favorite book". I was stunned that he remembered. :) It made my day. I will always keep that book! I read it to all 3 of my sons.

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  31. What a beautiful post. I love that book and just bawled the first time I read it to my baby. He's an inquisitive 10 month old and doesn't like me to slow him down by rocking him. I hope that changes when he gets a little older.

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  32. I always cry, too. I have my own tune that I sing. For some reason a song like this needs at least one minor note, because that adds a hint more emotion, so my tune has one, and then it makes me cry a little more.

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  33. I can't read that book without crying. Those sweet little babies grow up way to fast. Each stage is fun and they never stop growing and changing. I always beg my kids to stop and they never listen. Beautiful post!!

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  34. Precious post.... I love that book, it makes me cry every single time I read it...even when I think about it I get all teary eyed! I gave that book to my daughter when her first child was born :-)

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  35. I LUV that book, my mom gave it to me but most of all I love Robert Munsch...you should introduce the baby to his other books like "Good Families Don't" ; ) or "Andrew's Loose Tooth". You can also listen to him tell the stories online, he's a much better story teller than an author. And he actually makes that book...funny!

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  36. I remember when my babies would fall asleep, my husband would always ask if I wanted him to move them to their bed. Uh-NO! I just want to hold them and listen to the little baby snores.

    Now I'm putting out their fires-literally. (It was a hot dog in a bun, by the way. The "goo" was the plastic on the top of the microwave completely melted. MMMMM Smells good)

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  37. Okay Sarah, you literally have me in tears. I know that book well. I do the same thing with Saylor, except I either sit on her floor after I change her in the middle of the night, or I rock her standing up. I just love that time in the middle of the night. I love to hold her and watch her and cuddle with her.

    Thank you so much for sharing.

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  38. I used to read that book to my son and cry. It was one of his favorites. I do know what you mean. I often say I would love just to spend one day back in time when my children were babies. My babies are now 17 and 21. I still get lots of hugs and kisses but I doubt either of them would go for sitting on my lap anymore, tee hee. Time flies, be aware of each moment. Pam

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  39. I just got done having a really bad homework "moment" with my 7 yr. old baby that involved too much yelling, when I came on here and read your post. I have tears streaming down my face and I need to go talk to him. Thank you for the reminder about how fast it all goes.

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  40. That is one of my all-time favorite books. I read it to all 4 of my children, at least once a week, when they were all still at home. I sobbed every time.

    Now, with a 23 year old daughter and a 20 year old son off living on their own, I wish I could still rock them and hold them. I still do have my 10 and 14 year old daughters here and I still do hold them, cuddle them and peek in on them to kiss them every night.

    (Actually I do that with my big kids, too, when they come home. I think they really secretly love it!)

    Your children will NEVER be too old to cuddle.

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  41. Oh this is the sweetest post. I have been so blessed to not only rock my three children, but 12 grandchildren and now my first great-grandchild. Rocking them is the most precious time there is. Thanks for the sweet memories. Hugs, Marty

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  42. I have this book and its signed by the author, Robert Munsch. He signed it "Bob" Munsch. My daughter won a young author's contest at school and all the children who won the contest in the county went to a function where he was a guest speaker.

    My daughter is now almost 29 years old so I checked to make sure we still have it and we do!

    Debbie J.

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  43. How sweet! I love that book! One of the reasons I started blogging was so I could write down thoughts and feelings and things my kids do so I'll remember. It's so great that you are doing that and in time can look back and read all of those wonderful feelings!

    XOXOXOX
    Jen

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  44. Oh, I wish I could have mine back as a baby again for just awhile. But I'm sure then I'd miss the 17 year old her just as much.

    Sweet post!

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  45. I love that book and I cried the first time, second time, third time...well you get the point...everytime I read it! lol

    Your post was so sweet. Time does scurry by so quickly.

    And you are so brave to take a sleeping child out of bed! I didn't dare do that. But sometimes I will go into their room and watch them as they sleep :)

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  46. LOve that book! I have given it as gifts to several friends who are nursing their ailing parents.

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  47. That's a hard book to get through.

    When he is your 4 year old running up and down the stairs and hollering you will want to pick him up and spank him instead...just kidding...no really...you will...

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  48. Okay, first of all, I love that chair and the adorable pillow!Beautiful post! That's part of my older daughter's nighttime ritual--before I sing to her, I always say:
    I'll love you forver
    I'll like you for always
    Now and forever (changed it up)
    My baby you'll be.

    On the days that I am struggling with my girls and being a stay-at-home mom, I try to think about how I will feel in twenty years...boohoo!

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  49. that story brings tears every time! My MIL actually gave it to us when my daughter was born.

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  50. So absolutely precious. I can't wait until I'm a mom.

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  51. that book makes me cry EVERY time i read it. my son is now 5 yrs old and i still read it to him.

    i just mentioned the other day to him...can i give you just an itsy-bitsy little pill to keep you young. he said NO. i guess that means mama just has to keep gettin' older too!!

    love this post....so pure and full of love!!!!!

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  52. I love that book too, but I've only read it to my son ONCE because I still (he's now 8) cannot make it through that book without bawling! I remember a friend/coworker gave it to me -- at work -- while I was pregnant, and that was the FIRST time I started to cry when reading it! Robert Muncsh really has a way with simple phrases, doesn't he!!!

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  53. I did exactly the same thing and my boys are 19 and 16. I would still rock them if they would let me. Actually, now they think it's funny to sit on me and crush my legs.

    Like limefreckle, I can not read it without bawling.

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  54. That book is quite the tear-jerker. I quit TRYING to read it to my 2 b/c I could never make it through. I've tucked it away tho for ONE DAY when I think I'll be able to handle it.

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  55. I have a chair similar to yours with a similar purpose. And I have the book. And yes, I've cried. Many times! Thanks for being so inspiring.

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  56. What can I say, that was just beautiful.....

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  57. I gave the book to my sister when her son was born, and we both cried. Then she gave me a copy when I had my first son. And we cried again. I cry everytime I've read it. Can't help it. Know what you mean about our sleeping babies. Mine are now 10 and 12 (OH how time flies) and I still go in after they have gone to sleep at night to 'check' on them, but really just to look at them sleep. Enjoy your baby.

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  58. I AM GETTING TEARY. MY BABIES ARE TOO BIG TO PICK UP. BUT THEY LOVE TO SNUGGLE. I WISH I COULD BOTTLE UP MEMORIES SOMETIMES, SO YEARS DOWN THE ROAD YOU COULD SAVOR THEM ALL OVER AGAIN. I WISHED I HAD SAVORED MORE. YOU THINK YOU WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER BUT MY OLDEST IS 10YRS AND SOMETIMES IT IS HARD TO REMEMBER. SO NOW I BLOG SOME OF THE THINGS THEY SAY/DO, SO YEARS FROM NOW I CAN LOOK BACK.

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  59. Oh, that book...we were at Emily Barnes' house right after my cousins 7 year old died, and Emily was read it...ohhhhhhhhhhhh man! What at book!

    M ^..^

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  60. This is my very favorite book :) I give one at every baby shower!

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  61. I love that book. Its one of my favorites and it makes me cry too.

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  62. We have that book. And like everyone else, I can't read it without crying. My daughter doesn't get it. She will someday!

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  63. I had to mark your feed "unread" and come back once I was home.

    You were making me cry in the library, and the pack of high school girls working on the project at the next table were bound to notice the blubbering eventually!

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  64. that brings tear to my eyes. my mom used to read that book to me, and i kind of forgot about it. the end is the hardest part. my babe is only four months old and already things have changed so much. i can barely remember how it was a few months ago, maybe because i was so sleep deprived in the beginning. thanks for reminding me to remember. to soak it all in. my baby you'll be.... thanks for the advice about the shelves too... =)

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  65. That book still makes me cry as I rock grandsons...Bottle it up sister - rock them as long as you can...because it goes soooooo fast...I would probably trade a couple nights sleep in my bed for a couple nights in the rocker recliner with a sleeping baby on my chest...and with a colicky one, I spent a LOT of nights that way- but not as much as my husband did....he was a TROOPER :)


    Babies are such a gift...

    Anita
    homestory-anita.blogspot.com

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  66. Awww you just made me cry. I used to read the book to my oldest daughter and EVERY time I read it, I got choked up. She's 15 now. It DOES go so fast. I can't even describe that book to anyone without getting choked up. lol This is a great post. I have to go hug my babies now. :)

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  67. I'm not a mother yet, and it is not really in my near future but I still appreciate you sharing this. I teared up. I look forward to the day I can start my own practice.
    Thanks

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  68. oh my goodness, I want that book!!!
    I'm 22 days away from my due date and just can't wait to hold my baby in my arms.
    :o)

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  69. Am I the only one that gets an icky skeeved out feeling from that book? There's just something creepy about it for me, LOL
    I much prefer the Sandra Boynton books, LOLOL

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  70. What a touching post. And yes, I do wish I could bottle those things up. My daughter is 3 and my son is 6 months and time is going by way too fast. :(

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  71. That is my all time favorite book that I read to my son. I made a little song out of that verse and would sing it to him and he would cry, even when he was very tiny.

    He is 14 now and I still sing him that verse on occasion, just he knows I love him even on his worst days.

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  72. I love that book and I'm sure I will love it so much more when I have kids of my own. :) Sweet post!

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  73. I sang that song to my kids all the time! Love it! My seven year old likes to sleep with me when Daddy and Sister are on a camp out. Last time he did, he fell asleep and I was just laying there watching him. He started making that sucking motion with his mouth that they do when they are babies. I loved it and immedaitely teared up! What a great memory.

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  74. My babies are 12 and 9.......I wish I could hold them as babies again, just for a couple of minutes.
    Wow, you gave me goosebumps reading this post.
    My favorite time with them would be nursing them in the middle of the night...I swore I wouldn't forget any detail. Why can't we have a perfect memory for those details?

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  75. Hi Sarah,

    That book always makes me cry; every single time. When I had my daycare I had this one little kid who always requested that book ... just so he could watch me cry! After awhile I just said, no, I don't want to read that right now. I could never harden myself to the story.

    Thanks for writing about it though. Now I am 50 and am getting to be on the other side ... pretty soon I'll be the old mom and my son will have to take care of me!

    Kathy

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  76. That book always makes me cry, and I don't even have children yet. So precious!

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  77. Love the book and it was the first gift to my newborn son.When we adopted our son ,his birthmom's state had a stupid stupid rule that if you didn't live in the state the baby was born in then the baby went into foster care until the court date where the birthmom gave up her rights.So there I had just cut my son's cord and stayed and held him for days until he could be released and waited for over 10 years for God to chose just the right way for us to be blessed with our son and in just hours I knew we would be apart again for over 3 LONG WEEKS! I went to get him a gift so he wouldn't forget me.I found the book and knew it was perfect.I read it over and over to my 4 day old son ,knowing he heard every word and understood I meant it.Ughhhh now Im crying.It is a very special book to me.Now he is 3 and I still read it to him.I will always read it to him.

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  78. ahhhh. Makes me want a baby even more.

    I love the room. I so want to learn how to paint stripes...without all the paint seeping under the tape and smudging. The room is adorable.

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  79. My 'baby' is 7 now and thinks it's funny to ask me to read that book. I cry every time and he giggles at me. I know he thinks I'm strange for crying, but I don't care. After all, HE'S the one who has a rock 'klectshun' (collection). I say he's the weirdo! My sweet, ornery, loving, stinker little boy. *sigh. Thanks for the reminder today that behind the rocks, dirty hands and occasional naughty word brought home from school, is my baby. Forever.

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  80. Do we forget? Or do our memories of love just keep growing, adding up each time in the rocking chair.

    I do the same with my sweet 18 month old....the only thing that makes me sad....when he's 9, what will be the logistics of hauling him out of bed for time in the rocking chair?
    Love,
    Sara

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  81. That book always makes me cry! It's so sweet.

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  82. My husband and I were just talking about how quickly the kids are growing up. Too quickly in fact. I love to hold my sleeping "baby" and just watch him dream.

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  83. I read that book to my now 15 year old daughter every night for what seems like years. Now, when she is sick, she still wants me to read it to her. It will always be one of my very favorites. Thanks for the beautiful reminder!

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  84. ...now you've got me crying!! lol!!

    My five year-old and I have a special ritual for that song. Each morning, she cuddles up in my lap and I sing it to her...only I end it with something silly like "as long as I'm living, my turkey-lurkey you'll be". She thinks that this is sooooo funny and says "that's not how it goes Mommy". Then I'll sing it again ending with "my silly-billy you'll be" and so on. Special memories. :o) O.k....now I'm off to find the Kleenex!

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  85. So sweet... When it is still in the evenings and I am holding baby Corbin and Devin cuddles up next to us I can't believe that he will be 3 in April...where did the time go and how did he get so big and smart!?!? I guess we will have to keep having babies ; )

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  86. i love that book! i give it with nearly every baby gift instead of a card...well instead of a store bought card!


    i'm new to your blog and would love to see more of your nursery! it looks so cute.

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  87. Let me tell you something... even if your "baby" is 30 years old... you will still "bawl" like a baby when you even think about this book.

    I love this book!

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  88. i had that book and read it to my kids. Last night at Martial Arts, Noah my 9 year old got hurt and cried and right to my arms he came, as I rocked him. PRECIOUS!

    My all time fav book is the Runaway Bunny. I liken it to my relationship with God. You will know what I mean if you ever read the book.

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  89. There is nothing like the power of a Mothers love for her son. So precious. I miss those days so much...enjoy them as you are now. However, my 9 year old son still can't go to bed until Mom hugs and kisses him good night. I love every minute of it.

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  90. Oh my! What a wonderful post. I so understand this. My third son came home from basic training and my second son spent the night to be closer to the family. I got up, went into their old room and tucked them both in and prayed for them both while they slept. Oh how I wanted them back as little boys. A drill sgt. was screaming at one, life was kicking the other and all I wanted to do was tuck them in and love on them without them getting embarrassed. I got my moment and a precious memory that only a mother can have.

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  91. I love this book too. I know what you mean how you wish you could just bottle them up at a certain age forever. My oldest is turning ten and I don't know when it happened.

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  92. So sweet! I love cuddling my 2 year old too.... I know it won't last long..

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  93. I cry like a baby everytime I read that book!!!

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  94. well written! I am a new mother of a now 3 month old. I liked that book before I had her and now...sniff sniff!! I can't even think of her getting big, it makes me to sad!

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  95. We had that book when my girls were little, but I never picked them up when they were asleep. Pick up a sleeping child...are you kidding? I was too afraid they wouldn't stay asleep! You are so wise to risk that and hold your son...I do wish I could go back for awhile just to hold them and smell that baby smell and dress them in anything I want! They're preteen/teens now so those infant/toddler days seem so easy!!

    My girls loved to have that book read to them, too, so I think your son might like that in the near future! Enjoy him!!

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  96. This is the first time I've come to your blog and you have me CRYING already?! I have a 3 yo and a 6 mo. old taking naps right now and I'm thinking about going to get both of them up!

    (Infarrantly Creative is a good friend...she led me here.)

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  97. I love that bug. I only had the one child and he will be 27 Tues. Oh I miss those rocking days. They go by much too quickly!

    JudyBug

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  98. I bought that book when my eldest son was 1 month old. I turned the repetitive part into a song to the tune of On Top of Old Smokey. I sing it to both boys often... well, not so often now - they're almost 11 and almost 6.

    Reading that book makes me cry every time.

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  99. Ok, I just stumbled upon your blog today and have rather enjoyed everything I'm seeing. Firstly, the photos of the laminate and real flooring, I can't tell and I would like to know where the laminate came from because like you, I have three cats and one naughty one that has destroyed our carpet in our living room. So many of the things you've posted make me think we could've been separated at birth, but this post, the one that prompted me to comment, is almost making me cry. I too was given the same book with my first baby, and I share the same feelings. I read it to my now almost 4 year old and 17 month old and cannot get through it without crying. I'm not sure why I'm commenting, but you have a new follower. I love your tips and your stories, keep them coming.

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  100. I believe in heaven we'll be able to remember all of these sweet moments.

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  101. I have a 2 month old and am bawling with tears down my face after reading this. I rock her every night to lull her to sleep and drink in her features wondering what she'll look like in a few years. I sing Silent Night because I know the words (LOL) and it's what my mom sang to me. Thank you for this post. :)
    -Katie in NC

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  102. THank you for the sweet tears that are rolling down my face. I have an almost 3 year old and a 3 month old. With my oldest I tried to memorize every moment and now I look back and can only remember snippets. I still try to do it with my baby. Thank you for your awesome inspirational blog, I read it either with my baby nursing or the older one's reading along with me.

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  103. OMG! Just read this post after linking to it from the New Year post. I have this book and cry every time I read it! This post made me cry too. My little ones are 5 and 7 now. They grow up way too fast. It breaks my heart to think of the day that they will not fit on my lap anymore. I love that my son (the 7 year old) still loves to cuddle with me. You will always treasure those moments in the dark rocking your baby, and I bet he'll remember that you always did that. Very special!

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  104. Just read your post about rocking your little boy and trying to memorize his smell, weight, etc. It brought tears to my eyes. I've got a 5 month old little girl and although most of the time I'm praying that she'll grow up quickly (at least enough to sleep through the night) I will curl up on the couch with her and smell the top of her head. It's the best smell ever and now that my oldest daughter is 3 she no longer has the smell and I missed it for so long. I hate that I want my baby to grow up quickly and you just made me realize that. I want her to stay small enough to be held and for her to do the baby stretch that you spoke about. Thanks for the post. It picked up my sleepless spirit.

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  105. oh jesus, that book kills me with tears, and i don't even have children! It's a good tear jerker!!

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  106. Thank you for posting this! I have never had the pleasure of reading this book to my little ones, but I do miss those days dearly. My 7 year old still asks me to rock her before bed :) I still enjoy every minute!

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  107. And I am balling my eyes out! I used to rock my now 3.5 year old to bed every night and I do wish I could have those moments back! Even for a minute! So sad how they grow up so quickly and how quickly you forget! He is asleep in his bed right now & I so desperately want to go get him & rock him right now! Maybe I will just go get in bed with him & snuggle for a while! :) Thank you for this post! So touching!

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  108. that is so sweet. i wish my son would stay asleep if i picked him up--he's 2 years old too. i just love watching him sleep. i have to sneak in very quietly- he wakes up as soon as he hears the door open. silly boy!

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  109. Just a little late getting to this post. I love this book. I teach Parenting and Child Development as a high school Family and Consumer Sciences teacher. I have used this book for years as an example of a mother's love. Only a few times have I gotten through it without choking up or having to pause to get control. I have no children but I am still very maternal to my nieces, nephews, church children and students. It has new meaning now that I have had to hold my mother through sickness.

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