Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Real Moms Let Their Babies Grow Up

We're trying to change our habit of calling Q, "Baby." When I come home from work, I say, "Hi Q!" instead of "Hi Baby!" It's a really hard habit to break, partly because it's a habit, and partly because it's hard to think of him growing up.

I never, ever thought that I would feel that way. I do not miss his babyhood. He was an easy baby, but I'm thrilled at how we can communicate now. I love his new grasp on words, the endless chatter (well, mostly), and lengthy songs to which he's subjecting us. However, even un-mommy-like-I am going to miss "Baby."

That's what he calls himself. When he has us take turns playing his toy guitar, he'll say, "Mama do it," followed by giving it to SwingDaddy and saying, "Baba do it." Then he'll take the guitar himself and say, "Baby do it!" He's say his real name if you prod him a bit, and it's time to take that step.

Turning two, getting a real haircut, new sneakers, toddler activities. He's a not a baby anymore – he's a boy.

Real moms let their babies grow up. But when I hug you tight, I'll always call you my baby.

Karianna – thanks for inviting me to join the Real Moms meme!

Updated: Retitled for the Real Mom Truths Contest! More details here. The winner will receive this amazing 4G iPod Nano and Chocolate gift set, plus a link to their post on True Mom Confessions on Mother's Day.

8 comments:

Lara said...

wow, you made me cry. that was really, really beautiful.

i, too, find it hard to believe he's so grown up. can i watch him again at waltz weekend? it'll be our third anniversary. :)

Jenny said...

Beautiful!

I'll always call Hailey "baby"...even though she's *sniff* not anymore.

Mayberry said...

Sob! My baby turns two in a week...

Mamacita Tina said...

We are all in the habit of calling Laurel, "Baby." I wonder if it will stick as she gets older?

Lady M said...

Lara - thanks, dear. And you certainly can play with him at WW.

Jenny - I know what you mean. In my heart, always baby.

Mayberry - So fast!

Mamacita Tina - I wonder (for us) also. Did you call Ian "Baby" until Laurel was born?

kittenpie said...

And such a cutie he is!

Pumpkinpie has been telling me for quite some time now, "I'm not a baby."

"No, honey," I'll respond, "but you'll always be my baby."

Lisa said...

Perfect timing! I just blogged about this the other day.. I've called my 21 year-old daughter "Beeba" since she was born...

Patois said...

Infant, toddler, preschooler, tween, teen, adult -- always our babies. Love this post. Good luck on the contest!