Small, Sweet Moments

I had plans to to work on some blog stuff and take a bath yesterday while the kids napped.  I got Wyatt settled and then settled down to give Gwen a bottle before putting her in her crib.  She was a little fussy, so I turned her over to burp her, and she did something she never does.

She snuggled against me and promptly fell asleep, her little hand resting on my chin.

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I had so much I wanted to get done, but I could't bear to move her.  It's rare enough to have her fall asleep in my arms, but I know she's on the downward slope.  It's only a matter of time before she never falls asleep withme again.  I've got some time I think, but you never know when they are just going to stop.  They grow up when you aren't looking.

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So I sat there.  I looked at her little feet, crossed at the ankles.  I looked at her tiny, perfect fans of eyelashes. I tried not to move so she wouldn't take her hand off my chin.  I noticed her sweet little breath blowing against my face.

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Her hand finally dropped, and I sat there, her warm little body snuggled up against my side.  I watched a couple reruns of Family Matters and Say Yes To The Dress.  I just wasted an hour.

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It was time well wasted.  

Before long she stirred.  She opened her eyes and reached out her tiny fingers and started to play with my wedding ring.

She started to get squirmy, so I put her down in her crib so she could still get her full nap.

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I had other posts I was going to share today, but this seemed more important.  It seemed like the better thing to do to record all the details of this small, sweet moment.  When I'm 40-something, and my Ruby Girl is headed off into the world, I'll think back on moments like this.  And I might cry, but I'll be happy too.  Because the memories are a gift.  

For now, this was just a good reminder to slow down.  To take time to notice the details.  

What perfect presents from God these little lives are.

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Meghan said...

I absolutely love this Callie! So true. Those moments go too quickly and it's so important to savor them while we can. :)

Ashley Lee said...

Baby toes! <3

~M~ said...

Aw:)

Dove of Snow said...

Oops i think my comment was lost somehow! Okay trying again.....I love this post! the photos are so precious, too. I have felt the same about holding baby boy many times since he entered our lives. It's so sweet to have those quiet, happy, content moments. I realize they will pass quickly and he will soon be just moving all over the place (he already is quite mobile most of the time!), so I need to take the time to savor those moments. Your posts are so sweet and inspirational! I loved reading the ones about your honeymoon, too! Sorry I haven't gotten to comment lately...been a wee bit busy! LOL Have a blessed day!

Hannah said...

how precious! that first picture is priceless, as is that hour. What a wonderful gift of cuddles. It's one of my favorite kinds.

Ashley said...

Ohh, this is so sweet :). It's those little moments...

Amanda said...

Beautiful moment! I know those are ones to cherish!

Shae said...

I love posts like these! :)

Melanie said...

So sweet! Your right..they grow up before we know it!! Sniff sniff..I only wish Makayla would do this now!

Allison Rebecca said...

LOVE this! I'm convinced that God sends these little ones to make us slow down and truly see the world. Beautiful post!

Allison said...

Oh man, these moments are so perfect and worth the slowing down and 'wasting time'

LeAnna said...

It's always worth it, those "wasted" times. :)

Lauren said...

beautiful post! I got to experience some of this yesterday & it was perfection! As a 19 month old, Elyse normally wants absolutely NO cuddling when it's time for nap!

Anonymous said...

Oh ... what a beautiful post. I want to be this sort of mother someday. I can be terribly driven and I'm not sure that that will change just because, if and when it happens, I have a family of my own. Thank you for a lovely vision of the sort of mother I want to be someday. I'm sure that, when your babies are grown, you'll remember these moments and be oh-so-glad that you let everything else go and stayed with them in the moment.

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