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Friday, July 01, 2011

Precious moments

Ever since Toby arrived, I've found myself feeling nostalgic for certain things even as they're happening. This morning, Toby was playing with water in the bathroom sink, and, as my heart swelled at the sweet sight, I simultaneously felt sad that one day soon he won't fit in there anymore. Ahh, a mama's heart is a strange and moody thing.

129 comments:

Miyan said...

he is just too adorable! i like how you share your "mama thoughts" with us. do you want to have more children?

Miyan

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Giulia said...

Indeed:)

What a lil bunny...

Diana Mieczan said...

Oh...he is so adorable and he looks so cute in that sink..Remember in the Office when Pam and Jim were taking mental photos of their wedding day? You should do that with Toby all the time so you can keep those special snaps in your heart!

Fabiana said...

Cherish every single moment...that's the secret!

ciao from Newport Beach

Joanna Goddard said...

oh, yes, diana! that's a good idea ;)

Lindsay said...

So sweet. It's hard to try to capture the "moments" as they happen without feeling a little sad that it is so fleeting. I want to pause our little life sometimes so I can enjoy all of the glorious moments...

Jody said...

You could deny it's happening and put in a bigger sink. =) Thanks for reading my post and commenting yesterday. You are so right... a mama's heart is a glorious, strange and moody thing. I can only imagine what happens to it when we become Grandmothers one day too!

Heba said...

haha, what is he doing with the toothbrush?? so cute!!

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Alex said...

He's just precious. I remember for his birthday you mentioned that he's always drooling, and that's certainly true - what a funny collection you'll have for his wedding slideshow!

Lauren said...

how sweet! he looks like he's having a blast :)

by the way, i love that shower curtain. do you mind me asking where you got it from?

Cheryl said...

aw! That is definitely a precious moment. they honestly grow up too fast. My daughter is turning 5 next week and it makes me a little sad that those days of playing in sinks, fitting into the smallest boxes, and lifting her up with ease are gone. I wish there was a slow down button.

scsd said...

he is such a cutie!! i remember sitting in the sink as a kid and my mom brushing my hair.. ah memories :)

blair @ scsd

Nicole said...

I can't believe he fits in a sink, that is so beyond adorable! As is his precious face! (On a side note, I LOVE that shower curtain, where is it from?)

Michelle said...

He is so adorable! You'll just have to have another one. :-)

Bronwyn said...

He's so cute!
However, I feel similar about my sister (who is admittedly twelve) growing up....

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Nisrine M. said...

Truly Precious.

Enjoy your beautiful baby!

Mama in the City said...

I am the same way. Even things that annoy me can get that wistful feeling. Like when he wakes at night and I snuggle with him in my bed. Part of me is all, 'ugh, why can't I just sleep through the night' and then a silly part of me is enjoying the sweetness of the moment.

Selena said...

Ooh! He's so cute!

Joanna Goddard said...

the shower curtain is a marimekko print from crate & barrel :)

Joanna Goddard said...

thanks for these sweet comments! :) ps. god, i hope it's not so annoying how i'm always moony over toby. i'm realizing maybe it is, i will try to tone it down!! :)

Angela said...

Oh Joanna, I feel the same way about my 16 month old. He'll be our only child, and time is passing so quickly that I find myself desperately trying to hold on to every moment all the while knowing that there's no way to remember it all perfectly. I have two journals (one of memories and another of advice mixed with stories a la 1001 Rules for my Unborn Son) and those + photos make me feel more like I'm cherishing each moment and less like I'm obsessing. :)

Melissa@Julia's Bookbag said...

My daughter still fit in our deep sink when she was 4! And I had that same thought -- oh my goodness how sweet but THIS isn't going to last much longer! sigh.....

jamie said...

Oh yes! I love your description of the mommy moods! Seriously, I couldn't relate more. Every single day I am taking in little moments that I know will quickly pass. Right now my almost one year old smiles so big and squinty and shows all her new teeth and I am so afraid she won't do that someday.
Love reading the mama thoughts Joanna. Keep 'em coming!

jamie said...

Oh yes! I love your description of the mommy moods! Seriously, I couldn't relate more. Every single day I am taking in little moments that I know will quickly pass. Right now my almost one year old smiles so big and squinty and shows all her new teeth and I am so afraid she won't do that someday.
Love reading the mama thoughts Joanna. Keep 'em coming!

macaca grava por cima said...

a mama's heart is moody, indeed! What about a mama's brain... ??? GOD... it's so complex and surprising!!!

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Toby is adorable! As usual!

kersey said...

My little man can't fit in the sink anymore (he's 2) but he still tries! I miss the days when he could fit in the sink, but there are always new fun things to cherish as they keep growing :)

p.s. I love how moony you are over Toby. Makes me feel better about being obsessed with my son!

Joanna Goddard said...

ps. here's the link to the shower curtain, for those who asked! :) http://goo.gl/9GD4c

Joanna Goddard said...

jamie, that is so sweet!

The A & B Stories said...

Ugh, I know what you mean!! This morning I was snuggling in bed with my baby Ben and thinking that one day he will be a grown man and there will be no more snuggling ha ha!!!! We're so lucky to be Moms :)

Jesse said...

i like that you're moony over toby, it's so real and honest:)

Nicole said...

Ooh, Thanks for the super quick shower curtain link! My goodness, how I love marimekko, I should have know! And I don't your musings about Toby annoying at all and that comes from a non-mom. :)

Nicole said...

*don't FIND, it should say...

jean goddard said...

These pictures just made my day! Those special age-specific moments do pass by as your child grows older, but the good thing is that new ones come you way, and your heart never stops swelling - even when those kiddos are 30!!!!

Nick and Erica Everywhere said...

My baby boy is one month old today- you just described exactly how I feel. I take many pictures in an attempt to freeze time, but I wish there was a way to bottle the baby smell.

sherryyo said...

Aww! It's so funny, when I saw the first photo of Toby in the sink, my first thought was "He's so adorable" and my second thought was "Oh gosh he's not going to fit in there anymore after a little while." So you are not alone in your feelings :)

sumslay said...

My mom says about motherhood, "There's go greater joy and reward, but there's no greater heartache." It really is a weird thing.

nickandnoragettingmarried said...

Toby has such a joyful smile; I love seeing pictures of him! And even if he might not fit in the sink next year, there will be lots of exciting moments then as well, and lots of great pictures to remind you of sink fun.

Kirsty said...

That is the most *perfect* description-feeling nostalgic for things as they are happening. I've been a mom for almost 13 years and just had my 5th baby, and that's the first time someone has captured that feeling so accurately into words.

I always say motherhood is the most exquisite example of agony/ecstasy in so many ways. Even as we are basking in a glorious moment, there is a part of us that is mourning, knowing it will pass too soon...sniff. Happily, every stage is amazing in its own way.

Toby is preciousness personified!

Ana* said...

this is the perfect aww moment, this post melts my heart.

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Hollie said...

such a typical mom thing to do!! Toby is so, so cute.

Mandee said...

he is just so sweet and precious. He is a little man. I'm glad you are cherishing your time with him while he's small!

logan said...

Such a cutie!

can I ask, what kind of toothbrush that is? It looks like he's having so much fun, and my 14 month old hates having his teeth brush. I feel like I'm torturing him everytime!

Kim said...

When my daughter was littler she would lay in bed with us to drink her milk from her sippy cup. She would twirl my hair while she drank. Between the sweet fingers in my hair and the sounds of the sippy, it was pure ecstasy!! Now she is almost 8 and I miss those mornings.

Patricia said...

I see so much of your face in Toby's!

Lindsay said...

It totally reminds me of this quote I saw on pintrest:

http://pinterest.com/pin/50287396/

rebecca s. said...

aww what a little sweetheart!

i love hearing your thoughts and feelings on motherhood, joanna. and who would complain at seeing that little charmer of yours here on your blog!? keep the moony goodness coming!

Tish said...

i love babies in sinks lol. a photographer needs to get on that tip. seriously.

Courtney said...

My mom always says she misses who we were as babies and kids. I always thought that was so strange, and I never understood that until I had my little girl (who is now 3!). I totally miss that tiny baby who would just snuggle me all day, and that baby who would bathe in the sink, and the girl who napped in my arms or was just learning to speak. It's sad to think she's gone, but it's still glorious to watch her grow every day and eat up those moments I will soon miss!

Bethany said...

My grandmother had a big stainless steel sink in her kitchen that she used to bathe us in when we were little. She took dozens of photos, and I love that we can go back and look at all the different grandkids that sat in that sink full of soap suds.
Thanks for sharing your moment with us, bittersweet as it seems.

D2 said...

Joanna - I feel the same thing about motherhood. There will come a day when our little guy Georgie will have outgrown his high chair and be running around vs crawling. I get moments just like the ones you mentioned with Toby. So cute. Motherhood changes you. And btw, LOVE your Monday posts. Also, check out this little daily moments journal to keep track of those thoughts = http://www.chroniclebooks.com/index/main,book-info/store,gifts/products_id,8538/path,3-60-184/title,Moms-One-Line-a-Day/. Have a great long weekend.

Christian said...

Look at that sweet smile! It's weird how much I feel tearful with nostalgia now that I'm a mom. I was telling a friend: "It's like walking around with your heart outside of your body!" and my friend said, "Oh, yeah, I love that expression." Which made me laugh, because, I really wasn't even thinking about that cliche, it's just. so. true!

D2 said...

And Joanna, here is another item I'm looking into to keep track of those moments (vs the Daily Moments Journal I commented about) = http://momentoapp.com/. It looks pretty cool!

The Less Than Domestic Goddess said...

I love this post! Simple and heart-warming. It really is the little things.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Wistful.

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

Such pure, sweet sentiment. And, he is just SO cute. Happy days Joanna!! ; )

a. said...

although i am not yet a mother, you just described EXACTLY how my heart feels everytime i see little children..my heart swells at the sweet sights too!! so much sometimes, i feel like i am floating.. thank you for sharing!

Abby said...

Oh, I just love baby backs/necks. They are so clean and kissable. I take a lot of photos of my daughter's back. I hate thinking that her little neck won't always be so little and she won't always let me snuggle with and kiss it everyday.

You're right about a mama's heart. Motherhood will bring you to understand the meaning of bittersweet like nothing else ever could. I find myself getting emotional over baby shoes and elbow dimples on a regular basis.

Sidereal Day said...

What a total little sweetie!
I remember clearly tearing up from time to time just looking at my baby and thinking about how quickly he was changing.

Closet Cravings said...

There is undeniable sadness when you are saying goodbye to certain stages of being a baby. You can always try to find comfort in the new things that will come as Toby gets older - like really talking and developing more of a personality. A a child really is a gift and each each stage is like a new gift. =)

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shu84 said...

so sweet:)

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Joanna Goddard said...

elbow dimples! i love it! :) these comments are so, so sweet. xo

Anonymous said...

Completely precious.

clementimes said...

Have you seen Kicking and Screaming, the one Noah Baumbach directed? There is a great line that relates well to this feeling of nostalgia. A great movie if you haven't seen it.

"I'm nostalgic for conversations I had yesterday. I've begun reminiscing events before they even occur. I'm reminiscing this right now. I can't go to the bar because I've already looked back on it in my memory... and I didn't have a good time.

:)

Melissa Blake said...

Toby will love all this documenting that you're doing once he's older. Well, maybe not when he's a teenager, but after that! :) He'll always know just how much his mama cares! That never gets annoying. Lovely photos, Joanna!

Mighty Burns said...

what a sweet little picture too! And this blog and your posts about how much your enjoying being a witness to all his fun little moments liek these will be really neat for him to be able to look back on and read!

Carlyree said...

Oh, wow. You've captured it perhaps the most succinctly ever written. I struggle with this same ecstatic/weepy feeling daily. They are so perfect and angelic, I guess it's only natural we'd want them to freeze in time forever. Toby is an absolute dollface!

Thanks for sharing your mommy thoughts. I love knowing I'm not alone in my baby-lovestruck craziness! :D

Carlyree xo

O'Melly said...

So sweet. I've done that my whole life, always viewing the present how I'd see it in the future as the past. And I don't even have children yet, so I can only imagine how worse it's going to get! lol

wildchild said...

my goodness, he already is so big! he looks just like a little man in that 2nd picture.

Melanie's Randomness said...

What a sweetie pie!!! Aww he's in the sink! Too cute!

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life is happy most of the time. said...

so sweet! what wonderful boys you have in your life!! you are giving me serious baby fever!! :) xx

tatum said...

ahhh, i know how you feel! my sweet baby Tess who turns 5 months next week is getting too big too fast. it just hit me the other day that she's no longer a newborn. her face is no longer newborn-looking. she's turned into a real life baby that can smile and laugh and play with toys, enjoy books, recognize her mama and daddy, etc. it's an amazing feeling, but i get so sad, too, because she's also outgrowing my arms, i can't cuddle her like i used to when she was tiny. sigh.

tatum said...

i just had to post one more time. i've been reading all the sweet comments and am about to cry!! i'm going to go snuggle my baby now ... don't want to miss another moment! :) especially the sippy cup/hair twirling comment, soooo precious.

JJ said...

Mommy moments like that are so precious. Glad Im not the only one who gets all teary eyed when I see my little man do little things that make my heart swell!

Lilacs In May said...

I remember reading to my 2 children and being sad when their heads no longer fitted under my chin, but now they make me a cup of tea when they think I need one and a hug is like a blanket, they fit all the way round :)

Mollie D said...

Me too- I remember putting C in a high chair for the first time and he could barely see over the tray and being sad that he'd be the right fit- which was months away!

Nicole said...

I for one demand more Toby!

Seriously, the back of his little head kills me with the its adorableness

Erin said...

This is such a precious pic! Makes me wish I was a little kid again.

Veuve said...

Yup. BUT. There are always great new things to enjoy as they grow up-- you will appreciate Toby in every stage, I'm sure!

thedelicatemink said...

Today my daughter was sitting on the couch and her feet were just casually touching the floor - the floor! When did they get so long?

I rejoice & mourn everyday and hope that I am soaking it all in these past 4 years.

Molly said...

Oh darling darling darling. I just LOVE that shot of the back of his head, it's simply begging you to nuzzle your nose into that little spot on the back of his neck. What a precious boy you have!

jessica quadra said...

my friend felt the same way about her baby who's now almost two years old, but her husband would remind her that something equally as precious would come with each new stage. xo

Alaina said...

Ahh he is too sweet. I have a 3 month old baby girl and I appreciate your posts about Toby so much! I agree that a Mama's heart is a strange and moody thing...well said!

Being a Mama is the best.

Cath said...

Gosh, Joanna. I was just mentioning the concept of fleeting moments to my husband the other day... that which I think about so often. It can be so emotional just staring off at a blooming flower or the sunshine on a gorgeously serene afternoon or witnessing the children in my life grow from stage to stage. Life is, indeed, so very fragile and strong. And it is best to just put our entire hearts and larger than life passions into all we love. Which means digging into munching the babies cheeks with gobbles of kisses and smiling big with strangers and being free with hugs and diving into the dream drenched goodness of life. My mama passed away when I was a little girl and if I gained nothing else from that experience, it is to love the moments fully. It has made all the difference. I am positive you live by this same passion and , boy oh boy, is your Toby a lucky son. Sending love and wishes for a very happy weekend...

Cynthia said...

Last summer when my son was 6 months old my husband came back from a walk with him and he looked so sad. My husband said that he just can't handle how fast our son is growing up and changing (he also mentioned something about us having another baby already... are you serious?). Right at that moment we were super corny and pretended to take a mental photo (bringing a fake camera up to our faces) of our son playing in his bouncy seat. It was a little reminder to ourselves to take in the small moments day by day.

p.s. Toby is just so adorable, you must eat him up every second!!!

Moonlight said...

oh this is cute overload! :)

All With LOVE said...

I love this post.

Amber said...

I felt the same way on my wedding day...it's hard knowing moments are fleeting! At least you have the snapshots to remind you.

Joanna said...

i've never ever felt my heart swell as much as it does now that I've had my daughter, Lucy. She's just under 6 months now and I wish I could just stop her from growing! I hope the heart swelling only grows along with her :)

Shea Nichole said...

The first photo is so adorable! What a cutie pie he is.

Anne said...

Oh my, he really looks like you, Joanna! And I know exactly what you mean (doesn't every mother?)!

Ivana said...

My children are going tomorrow with dad on the Adriatic Coast, Croatia (mummy/me has to work one more week, then I am joining them)... I am already feeling nostalgic for them, I already miss them (they sleep right now)...
Yes indeed, mama's heart is strange and moody thing!

Hi! I'm Emilie said...

Gosh! You all give me baby fever...2 two years and we give it a try.

Mrs.Goddard, your baby is certainly on of the cutest I've seen. Même dans la photo floue :-)

Joanna Goddard said...

clementimes, that is hilarious! thanks for these lovely comments xoxo

inspirationCOOPERATIVE said...

Ah, Joanna, don't ever tone down your Toby posts. As you can clearly see, we love them! His smile is infectious.
As a mother of two, I can completely relate to your desire to embrace fleeting moments. They are indeed precious.
xo, Theresa
PS~Also really enjoying Motherhood Mondays

Sarah Morgan said...

This is such a sweet moment. I'm glad you were able to capture it! I completely agree about feeling nostalgic for moments even as they happen. That's why I love photography -- because I can capture the moments that I couldn't bear to forget.

CheekyPinkTulip said...

I can't WAIT to put my kids in the bathroom sink!

Maria xx
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Kayla said...

Soak it all in!

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melissa loves said...

Sweetheart little back of the head! Ack...I know exactly what you mean. i feel that same swing all the time. And my girls are 5 and almost 10. sigh....I wish someone would invent a time machine where you could go back and visit their tiny selves, just for an hour or two. I would never trade who they are right at this very moment but, every so often I would love to hold them as babies again. He is just adorable....
xo
Melis

Corey Pak said...

Get a bigger sink, that way you can cherish those moments a little longer...!

Abbey said...

this is SO true! xoxoxoxo

Ainsley said...

too adorable!!

the lil bee said...

I completely understand.

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Fashion Celebration said...

so sweet!!! :)

xo
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Angela said...

I love the shots we have of the back of our kiddos' heads, especially when their ears come out farther than their shoulders. And the necks are so delicious...

Great snaps, Joanna. Love your mommy posts just as they are.

Kerri Lynne said...

Snap tons of photos so that you'll always be able to cherish them, and remember: there are so many more sweet memories for you to make as he grows up :)

PS: that smile is TOO cute!!!

aclineo said...

such a cutie pie -- hearts are breaking left and right!

abigail said...

i feel yah, my phone is littered with these moments of our 8th month old.

I keep taking pictures of her little hands holding one another when I nurse her... I have been enjoying nursing lately... one day it will be over and although I will love the renewed freedom etc, I know I will miss this special quiet time we have together. Oh the irony!

My Traveling Troop said...

Awww! What cute photos of Toby!

My favorite photo of my daughter was of her bathing in a big pot when she was a baby. :)

Tamara said...

Aaah Joanna, this made me all teary-eyed because this is exactly how I've been feeling the past few days. Our Finn is growing SO FAST! Slow down, please, my not-so-little boy.

My heart is recording all it can and I want to just take in every sight and sound, and the feeling of him in my arms and on my lap, and what it's like to be the lucky recipient of so many sweet kisses I lose track of how many I've gotten in a day. Aaah I'm sad to think of the day those are harder to come by. It's so fleeting. But it's so wonderful.

Aaah, motherhood!!

Tiff said...

That's so true! I'm so excited that my baby is old enough to eat food but At the same time I don't want to give him any because that will mean he's not a newborn anymore. I'm really torn about this whole new stages thing on a way I never thought possible.

Dani said...

how cute! :)

Jamie @ charmingly ordinary said...

He is such a model-baby. And I totally agree--now that I'm a mom, things I used to consider sweet are now bittersweet.

Parent 2 said...

Moments like that I always try to remember what a very old lady once told me while we rode together on an elevator at the airport, "It just gets better and better, don't you let anyone tell you different!" She said it with such fierceness, I will never forget it, and she was absolutely right!

Kate said...

What a sweet, little dumplin'! Enjoy these precious moments.... <3

Jordan said...

he looks so precious! i'm happy we are living in an age where blogging and photographing everything are the norm! keeps precious moments like this one clear forever :)

lai-mai said...

Aww..Toby looks so happy and sweet! And just remember, there's always the option of getting a bigger sink! ;)

Bethany said...

He's soo sweet cheek adorable!! I sooo miss those precious "play in the sink with water" days with my son...awww he too used to fit perfectly in the kitchen sink now 13 yrs later and he's almost 5'10" !! Enjoy the precious time :)

Kary said...

It is always the little things! Cute pics!

Kate Godowski said...

I completely understand. I often am in the middle of enjoying a prized moment with my 4 month old when I will well up with emotion at the thought that this will all just be a memory someday... How lucky am I to have it in the first place?!?

Oblio and Arrow said...

ditto 100%

Anonymous said...

toby has grown... what a cute

Victoria said...

Please don't tone down your "mooniness" at all! It's contagious;) I think he has the sweetest little drooly smile ever and i love that he's brushing his little teeth. Thank sso much for sharing this---he is my favorite internet baby ever!

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jamie said...

"I've found myself feeling nostalgic for certain things even as they're happening"

one of the most prominent new feelings of motherhood!

in conjunction with

"i can't wait for this to be over/i never want it to end"

(not the baby in general, obv, but specifics. like breastfeeding?)

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Kate WV said...

Joanna, I read this post before I became a mom and I have thought about it constantly since I had my baby boy about 9 months ago...you managed to put into words how I feel almost once per day. Thank you!

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