Monday, November 2, 2009

These moments

I like
the weekend mornings
when it is just she and I.
I wake up to get her from her from her crib and she smiles at me,
offers me her bink and says in her high-pitched little singsongy voice,
"hap-py, hap-py, hap-py, hap-py!"
She stands up, reaches out for me, and I pick her up.
"Good morning, Baby Bear!," I say, "Did you sleep good?"
She answers by giving me sweet baby hugs and kisses.
There could not be a better start to a day.

We head to the kitchen, where I make her a morning bottle.
The two of us go to the couch so that she can have her breakfast.
She still lets me hold her like a newborn baby when she takes her bottle.
We snuggle,
just she and I,
in our pajamas.
She lays her head against my chest,
I rest my cheek on her head,
and we curl up under a blanket together.
I notice that she drinks her bottle slower than she does at other times.
If I move my head the slightest bit,
she snuggles her body closer against mine,
pushing her head underneath the curve of my neck.
She is showing me that she wants to be close to me, too.
She likes our morning cuddle times as much as I do.
I am glad, because these moments seem so few and far between these days.
My baby girl is growing so quickly,
she is so busy,
she has so much to learn,
so much to explore.
She rarely has time to let her mommy hold her close,
no matter how much I crave it.

I cradle her warm, soft body in my arms.
We gaze into each other's eyes.
I stroke her silky soft hair,
I kiss her smooth forehead
and her plush, chubby cheek.
A dozen times,
a hundred times.
I tell her how much I love her
a thousand ways,
a million ways.
That she is my everything,
as if that could describe it fully.
The truth is, I can never find the perfect words
to tell her just how much of a miracle she is.

Then, all too soon,
breakfast is done,
and she reaches up to give me a kiss
before she toddles away
to find her next adventure.


Beth said...

so beautiful!

Sarah said...

I'm jealous that you get that much snuggle time...they are growing up way too fast...

Cibele said...

I am crying here. What a beautiful love poem

Carrie27 said...

Jealous that you still get to snuggle like that every day. My oldest will snuggle when she is allowed to by her siblings, and the twins are at that busy, go, go, go stage.

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