Monday, January 10, 2011

"In My Daughter's Eyes" - Martina McBride

Life is full of moments.

Motherhood.  is.  full.  of.  moments.

happy.
tiring.
sad.
creative.
confusing.
loving.

I've been so grateful for the moments, I've recently had, with my Peanut.

moments where my "baby", on the verge of sleep, looks up at me with eyes that shine, even in the [mostly] darkened room. I stroke my fingers through her hair.  She asks,  "Mom, what we are doing tomorrow?"  I reply, "same ole, same ole". and she smiles. And then, like every other night, I plead with her to stop growing so fast.

I know she will grow. And I know change is inevitable. (There are even some days I look forward to that day.) But, last night, after she had fallen asleep, I stole one more kiss upon her forehead.  I am forever grateful for nights like last night. For nights like my birthday [night]. 

For moments.

For cake in faces.  For cake that tastes as good up my nose as in  my mouth. 

For motherhood.

51 comments:

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Was last night your Bday? Well happy bday, if I was wrong, then i am saying happy bday for your next one, paying it off in advance, phew, crossed that one off the list

Hannah said...

Hilarious! All moments of motherhood are fab...even the cake up the nose moments. Maybe not the cleaning up of puke. But so much of it is awesome. And if nothing else, cake in the face/up the nose makes for a great blog post! :)

Happy Belated!

Kate said...

Beautiful :)

Martina McBride was the first concert I ever attended at the ripe old age of 12 years old :)

ShutUpandRun said...

Oh I so get this. So get this. I got into bed with my little 9 year old peanut this morning before she got up. Everynight when I go to kiss her goodnight, she pushes the hair out of my face while she asks me some little question, just to keep me in her room a bit longer. She is just growing to fast. I already miss her but love who she will be too.

Got the Vegas email. Ahhhahahahahah!!!!!!!!!

jessithompson said...

<3 Beautiful. Motherhood is such a rollercoaster, but one with mostly peaks - and a few valleys to make you appreciate the good times. I too plead with my 7 year old daughter to pleeeeease stop growing.

Love the cake in the face. Perfect!

Marlene said...

hahaha, at fiorst I thought she was just stroking your hair! not so much! I'll bet the PITA put her up to it.

Caroline said...

Oh I am with you on that one..I told my 4 yrs old who will be 5 in less then a month that I wanted him to stay that size forever and he looked at me and he said "OK Mommy and you stay that size too!"

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

No she didn't!!

DRog said...

she didnt?!!
hahaha
after picture?!!

and

totally get this
yesterday called one of the twins "baby" said how'd you get so big all of a sudden baby?

she said daddy Im a different baby than when you call mommy baby right?
why do you call us all baby
were not babies
then she said when I have a baby i wont be your baby right?
ummmm....oh yes you will :-)

D

Laurie said...

Oh, so sweet... even the cake in face part. No pictures of that?!

Emz said...

SUAR. Loved your comment.

DRog. Awesome. Umm yes it's a different kind if "baby" but baby nonetheless. ;)

No photo only because I ran like a charging bull to the man with the camera to "share the carrot cake love". I'm just thoughtful like that. ;)

It. Was. Hilarious.
I taught her well.
A
Little
TOO
Well. ;)

Melissa Cunningham said...

love this post! understand completly!!!!
:)
too funny about the cake in face....yes,you taught her well!!
great job peanut!
:)

Morgan said...

There's no denying it now, she is definitely your daughter! LOL! :)

Allie said...

Ha ha, cake in the face, I love it!!! You're going to regret not having an after picture, I think you should do it again.
Peanut is going to be an awesome adult with a great sense of humor, I hope it goes by slowly for you though. ;)

Caratunk Girl said...

This was just awesome, made me smile a lot!

Caratunk Girl said...

OK I just saw Peanut's hand on the back of your head. TOO FUNNY! Well, for me and Peanut.

Patrick Mahoney said...

Yep, usual stoic me is laughing. But I always eat cake up my nose. Isn't that how it's meant to be.

Kelly Leigh said...

Awwwwwwwwww! Like mother like daughter! Cake in the face and all!

MelBird said...

Now THAT made me laugh :)

Beth said...

love the post....waiting for the AFTER picture.

Andrew Opala said...

face-in-cake!

Happy Birthday EMZ. I hope you have a good birthday week until Thursday to round off the seven days!

Candice @ I Have Run said...

Happy belated birthday!! I am glad your parents took a chance on one more too (and I love the Saturday's Warrior shout out in your other post).

I thought about you while I was in Arizona (Queen Creek) over the holidays =)

Jamie said...

Happy Birthday! What day was yours on? Mine is the 6th, and have yet to post about it...but it's coming. Your peanut is so funny. You should have posted the after photo.

wannaberunnergrl said...

OMG great picture! Happy (bleated?) birthday!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Motherhood is the closest thing to perfection that I know.

ajh said...

How wonderful that you are fully treasuring those moments!

Jen said...

Awe! What a sweet post. Why is it that kids always look the sweetest right before they fall asleep? Babies to teenager, it's still the same.

Karen R said...

I love that Martina McBride song! And being a mom :)

Awesome!

LB said...

so sweet, ive got some tears in my eyes. i look forward to my little girl growing up.....but sad at the same time. she will be 3 next month and i know as soon as i turn around she will be 17. savor the moments right???

Lee said...

cherish!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

hahahaha ... awesome Peanut! You didn't even see it coming - so sweet!

Liz said...

i'm with you. :)
love this post.

bobbi said...

I so love this post, as bittersweet as it is. There's less and less of that these days with my going-on-12 year old. She manages to break my heart (STOP with the growing up already!) and make me gut-bustingly proud daily.

LOVE that she got you with the cake!

2 Slow 4 Boston said...

My kids would never do that. They have a one track mind on eating it.

MCM Mama said...

So sweet!

I'm having a rough time with my boys right now, so this was a nice reminder.

Jason said...

That was awesome and as usual makes me think about my precious times with my family and how much they mean to me.

Thanks Em.

Melissa said...

Happy Birthday?

Love the pictures! And your post made me cry.

Sarah said...

I love reading about your love for your daughter. Yes, they grow up way too fast!

Her Name is Rio said...

Can you put all that into a greeting card? That was PERFECT!

Colleen said...

She's a lucky young lady, just like you are a lucky momma! :)

Amy said...

I can't speak as a mother, but I can speak as a daughter who had a great mother and lost her too young. Those moments that mean so much to you, mean a lot to her too, even if she doesn't know it yet.

XLMIC said...

Lol... it's a hard lesson for us, sometimes, when they start to learn our tricks! And adopt our sense of humor!

Love that pic!

Silly Girl Running said...

Precious. :)

Love that pic! ;)

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Some days too fast, some days too slow. Being a parent is definitely a unique experience.

Laura said...

You and your fam are just awesome.

Matty O said...

You totallllllly had NO IDEA. Tell me PITA goes... yeah, check out this pic (after he got a frosting coated smooch of course) haha!

Hope all is well. T Minus how many days?

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Happy belated birthday EMZ! I forgot to wish you one last week!

Beautiful post. You and peanut are adorable!

Julie said...

How are hearts handle the love for our children, I will never know. Sometimes I feel like mine is about to explode, it gets so full.

Stacie said...

I LOVE this post. I totally get it. I have two little peanuts. #1 is only 9 and already 5'1". How scary is that? My baby just turned 7. I just want to hold on to them and never let go. They are growing up way too fast. I love my girls.

Aimee said...

I loved this post!

Barbie said...

Kids grow up so fast and your right we have to steal those moments when we can.