Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sunrise, Sunset And All That Jazz

Whilst shuffling through my old Flickr sets in search of specific photo for the carefully-crafted (and hilarious, yet touching, but also edifying) post* I was writing, I came across various baby photos and ended up losing one whole hour to Weepy Maternal Nostalgia.

For instance, this is what the little people at my breakfast table looked like just one year ago:

can I have more goldfish now

And the year before that, Jimmy was still this teeny, tiny babe-in-arms:
Big Eyes

And, before Jimmy was even an accidental (but adored!) twinkle in his mother's eye...
Little Miss
...this was his sister, Ellie, three Thanksgivings ago.

And so on and so forth and sob. I would expect to feel nostalgic and weepy after years, sixteen or eighteen or thirty perhaps, but how have these past four years slipped by in a both an instant and a lifetime? I tell you: were it not for the nine months of vomiting and heartburn and swollen feet and incessant cup-peeing and back labor and bleeding nipples and sleep deprivation, I would almost be tempted to make another of those things.

Almost.

*Not really, it was some drivel about spiders. You dodged a bullet, actually.

17 comments:

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

But you make such cute kids!

justjuli said...

I think the reason it's so nostalgic is that kids grow and change so very fast! Especially at this stage in their life where they go from needing to be fed, carried and changed to developing their independence in these areas and more.

Lovely pics! WAY better than spiders!

**also -I saw a anti-depressant commercial last night that did not include one single wood-paneled wall. Maybe they heard about your "wall of despair" and changed their campaign??

Amy the Mom said...

It only gets worse...I found the baby book I wrote for my oldest son recently and it was a landmine. I actually burst into spontaneous sobbing for the first time in my life. I didn't know you could even do that!

heidi said...

step away from the baby pics... just step away. ;-)

Larue said...

Very cute. This is the reason I was glad that (bar an immaculate conception of some kind) with my uterus removed I had no choice in the matter. And my pregnancies? Not the greatest. But it all seems kind of hazy...

I figure my kids have made it to middle school, so I just have to wait another 15 years or so and I'll have grandkids. And THAT will be fun.

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

"...both an instant and a lifetime."

AGREED.

~m said...

such adorable preciousness!
everyone tells me how quickly they grow up but those words are lost on the one who is shlepping and mopping up and picking up and holding and carrying and feeding and changing and entertaning and being thrown up upon.
occasionally you get glimpses of how wonderful even all of the above is, but i think you can't really appreciate it until you take a step back and view it from a remove, such as with the (lovely) pics or video or baby books or something.
but thanks for the reminder that it's all good stuff even when it doesn't seem like it! (i needed that this morning)

the cheap chick said...

Oh, the CUTENESS! I love your baby pictures best of anyone's, including my own kids.

Okay, not really, but your's are a close second!

Lisa Milton said...

Please make more. Think of your readers, Melanie.

They are gorgeous.

(The nostalgia is here to stay. I found myself pondering yonder 5th graders, remembering field trips back when they were teeny tiny and so cute and not nearly eye level with me, like they are now. They are still amazing, but talk about cell phones and break ups and deodorant and I wonder: How'd this happen? *sigh*)

i am very mary said...

For me? It's the whole raising them part. If I could just make them, adore their wee baby parts and then give them away? well...

Angie said...

Is it possible that you have the cutest kids on earth? I think it is:)

stephanie (bad mom) said...

They are definitely sob-worthy babes.

But so you know, I cry like a fool over my kids' pictures in the hallway more often than I care to admit. Please don't tell anyone.

The Girl Next Door said...

oh my such squeezable kissable cheeks. I can't stand it.

Kelly @ Love Well said...

You have resolve of STEEL. I hate being pregnant, but seeing babies that cute makes me want to be a surrogate for you.

(Not really. But almost.)

I totally get this. I love the line: "How have these past four years slipped by in both an instant and a lifetime?" It's a perfect description.

Dr. Cason said...

Oh to get lost in dreamland.

Rima said...

I had the same moment of hormone induced babylust a few weeks ago. The very next day, all it took was one trip to the mall with both kids and no stroller to change my mind.

JessTrev said...

Oh, I am so on the same page. But over here we dread both pregnancy and the tiny limp necked infants. Give me another 2 year old (potty trained) and you're in business. Oh, these beautiful babies! My *DH* slipped into nostalgic photo wandering last night -- our first baby (cough - dog) died last week so he was tearing me up with shots of our furry friend with our human babies. Sigh. Heart expansion hurts.