Monday, April 14, 2008

She Rolled Over!


It's probably not that exciting, and perhaps a little late due to all her extra junk in the trunk (you try rolling over when you're legs and bum are composed from top to bottom of a good six or seven squishy rolls) but she rolled over today. I think she did it on accident once when she was super little. But today was the, I-put-her-on-her-tummy-and-walked-away-only-to-turn-around-and-find-her-on-her-back, official roll-over. I think there will be lots to come.


I know it's a little thing, but a little part of me is mourning it. I feel so painfully aware, this time around, of how quickly she's passing through each magical stage. If only we could bottle them all and pull them out when we've got two raging toddlers and are in desperate need of some newborn nuzzles and noises. "Yes, today I'd prefer a little bit of the sweet smelling poopoo and spit-up, (I know I'm weird but when they're little, I like it all) yes, maybe a little spray of some of that bubble blowing discovery (you know where their tongue is out and they learn to spit at you and they're amazed at themselves), or a little peek at that determined shaky face trying to get fist to mouth to suck and drool, maybe even a bottle of the drool. I'd like a little bit of baby-neck scent, some of kissing-the-chubbiest-cheeks-you've ever kissed, and a bottle of that look. The one that Mila just started doing. The one where she stares at me with such intensity and then grins the happiest smile you've ever seen. As if to say she's perfectly and completely and incandescently happy to be my baby girl. And I feel like she's in LOVE with me. Like she doesn't see a single flaw yet. YET. The feeling's mutual."

13 comments:

Lacy said...

So amazing. Little girls. I wish they could stay small, too- except that I want to be her best friend and giggle and talk and laugh and play. Sigh.

Sarie said...

I love all the things you said. My second pregnancy and this pregnancy I've promised myself, Ok, this time around I'm going to ENJOY it. And then I know I just bundle up the newborn and stick her on the couch, only to finish up a few chores, which turn into lots of chores. Then the day is done and have I really drank her in like I should have? Good thoughts, Lillie. Also, I need to see this updated CHUB! Look at this link, the photog did some great shots of his chub baby son. http://www.theblogisfound.com/index.cfm?postID=340

Lindsay & Weston said...

This post is a good reminder to enjoy all of the little things they do because before you know it, they are off and running in their own little world.

Nate reached for me for the first time today and I loved it.

Kodi said...

Yeah for Mila! She really is the cutest baby . . . and oh SO good. Love her.

The rlmmmmcaress family said...

So it turns out you are a poet. Just add that to the long list of talents. You really expressed it well. Sometimes we are waiting for the next stage, just because it is "easier." But we need to appreciate those details that are gone forever. Brava.

koko bean..... said...

Holy cow I was just thinking the other day when should Macyn roll over? But I guess I am not to far away. I love everything you said. I feel the same way ever time she passes a stage I want to just cry mainly because I know she is my last one. I love that gaze and then all of the sudden the HUGE grin.. I agree if I could bottle up all the cute, fun things they do I would. Great post. Hope your house is coming along.

Jenie said...

I think you captured everything that I'm going to miss the most. It's really weird to think that I'll never have that again, but then I think of everything that we have to look forward to. I look forward to their first school dance, their first kiss, teaching them to drive (although we've already started that a little early):) I'm really trying to enjoy every minute of Avery and Carson because I know Brittany & Bailey are getting closer to the dances and kisses. I'm not sure I'm ready for all of that but I'm hoping we'll have a sweet, fun relationship that will make the future just as fun as the last few years have been. Thanks for your cute post.....it made me more grateful for all of those "little" moments that I sometimes take for granted.

Brandon or Michelle. said...

love the picture, love the comments. lucky for me I have one about your's age, so I too can enjoy all the things you comment about so well. I love the smiles the best still, oh, and the cuddling when they're sleepy and have finally given in. and I LOVE mila's chub. :)

when can we talk?

Erin Marriott said...

Isn't that such a proud moment as a mom? I love those little milestones they go through, but then it also means they're growing up. I guess that's why I try to enjoy every stage, and look forward for the next. Otherwise I'd be in tears everyday!

Audry said...

It sure is exciting. I can't wait for Tatum to start crawling, she's a little over due. She's 11 months now. Being in a cast for 5 weeks has really delayed her.

Kimberly said...

Aw....I'm going through those same feelings - Brielle's Birthday is in a week and a half! I really don't know how that happened. It seems like you just had Mila, and now look what she's doing!

Rebecca said...

Oh I do love the way their little pooh smells. Funny as it sounds. It's like the line from the Annie Dillard essay that Elder Ballard quoted about enjoying the doing it more and the getting it done less...or something like that. Beautifully written Lillie. And--call me. Or email me.

S.A.S. said...

Ohhh... call me too! It was so perfect to hear your voice the other day.

You really have a way Lil, of soaking in moments, of loving your girls in all the right ways, in making motherhood look like a labor of love and not an arduous chore... I don't think Mila's ever going to find those 'flaws'. Love you.