Time is flying by. I can't really believe your belly will no longer be a baby belly so soon, Barb.
Memories of my life in the last four years with Fletch are flooding back:
His birth - so amazing, huge, full, wonderous, hard, and joyous. I am honored to be able to return the favor of taking pictures at your child's birth.
This is one of my FAVORITE pictures of Fletcher,
which Barbara took about 20 minutes after he was born:
If I have one picture of him sleeping, I've got one-hundred:
Our favorite diaper cover on our favorite boy:
Me and my little man, 1 month.
At my baby shower, my SIL, Briana gave me a journal to keep for Fletcher. Here a bit of the last entry before he was born - right after my blessing way, from a song Harvest played for me called:
"I Want a World" by Betsy Rose:
I am a fierce and wild storm, no longer pleasing, soft and gentle.
Too much at stake now that you are born.
So I am a mama lion, And I will do what I must do.
'Cause I want a world for you.
And I never broke so hard, never broke so sweet
'Til my heart broke open at your feet
Spilling dreams so sweet and wild for you my child .
And a bit from the first entry I made in the book after he was born:
"On Monday you will be 11 weeks old! You are amazing and wonderful.
We are laying out on the front lawn, Zeke is near you and you are napping.
Barbara came to visit - she and Aunt Harvest sat out with us for a while.
Aunt Harvest loves to tickle you with her hair and blow rasberries on your tummy.
Barbara can't ge enough of you and so wants a baby of her own. You talk and laugh,
smile and entertain yourself quite a bit now. Your Dad and I are constantly in awe of you."
Barb, 10 things you can look forward to as a mom:
1. The world disapears when you first see your baby's eyes.
2. The first cold or fever when you will cherish staying up all night walking your tired crying baby, and you will walk and you will love every minute of if, because your little sweetheart will only sleep if you keep moving.
3. Laughing at ridiculous stuff, because your little one is laughing too.
4. Breastfeeding, and sleeping curled around a warm little body.
5. The ability to recall where every picture was taken, and what was going on because each of those moments is special and wonderful and full of your child.
6. Learning how to sing in a really high and squeaky voice and a really low and dramatic voice to keep your sleepy one awake on the ride home, because if he falls asleep now, he'll nap late and be awake all night.
7. At 7 months waking four nights a week at 2 a.m to PLAY!!!!!
8. Trying to be patient when your almost 4 year old stops every stranger that walks by to say,"My dogs name is Turbo and he had razor sharp teeth and razor sharp claws.", and before said stranger can respond (whether or not he/she understood your almost 4 year olds speech) "My favorite football team is the Denver Broncos." It goes on from there.......
9. Sitting in an airport 3 hours after your flight was supposed to take off, trying to knit a bit, after your fourth walk to the shop that sells toy airplanes "just to look mommy" (because Dad already gave in and bought two on his 2nd and 3rd trip to the same shop).
When your now 3 year old tells the nice family across the ailse, "Sometimes my Dad has trouble starting the fire in our wooden stove."
Nice stranger, "Oh, but he figures it out, doesn't he?"
Funny little child sitting next to you, "No, my Mommy has to do it for him."
At least Dad wasn't around to hear it!
10. Standing in front of the mirror in a clothing store (not in a dressing room because your only trying on a jacket) when your, well we're not even sure what to call him any more, child says, "I think that looks sexy Mom." Wishing you'd used the dressing room.