Reminiscing already…

by Janice

Olivia is nine months old today – or eighteen months if you count it all.

For nine agonizing months she grew inside me. From the second I found out her tiny life was forming, I worried and waited for the day when I would finally get to hold her safely in my arms. Honestly, most of me thought that it would never really happen. I would never actually get to be so lucky to have her. I pleaded with God, begging him to keep my baby safe. I think I worried about as much as a mother can.

But then it happened. She came. I actually had my baby girl – alive and in my arms. Relief and complete joy. Holding her was as good as life gets.

And for these nine months since that wonderful moment when we first met her, I have been in maternal bliss. She is a doll. A dream of a baby. She is sweet and easy going and full of life and laughter. I call her the Jackson encore – she reminds me so much of him. She lives and laughs with such intensity, squeezing every drop of fun out of life.

I was looking through my photos today (on my computer of course – I am so busy I never get my photos printed, framed or scrapbooked,) and decided to post these shots I took of Olivia in April. Life goes so fast in baby days – she has already changed so much since this impromptu photo shoot in her Happy Panda onesie – so these photos are already memories. I loved those days when she discovered her feet and with complete concentration would “talk to her toes.”


Olivia, my beloved baby girl, I hope you always laugh this hard and love life this much. I adore you and I can’t believe I am so incredibly blessed to be your Mom. I wish I could slow it all down. Each moment with you is so delicious. I can’t bear for it to go so fast. I love you, Mom.


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1 Sam June 28, 2008 at 4:08 am

What beautiful photographs, I love it when they suddenly “discover” another part of themselves and set about learning as much as they can about it!!


2 happyathome June 28, 2008 at 6:26 am

She looks so happy at loves her feet!


3 Adventures In Babywearing June 28, 2008 at 7:01 am

Oh, she is just precious. What a gift!!



4 Jennifer, Snapshot June 28, 2008 at 7:44 am

Very sweet, and what a great smile!


5 Tonya June 28, 2008 at 10:26 am

She is absolutely precious! I love the big wide open smile!


6 Lisa June 28, 2008 at 11:18 am



7 Dolls Clothes Gal June 28, 2008 at 11:58 am

Lovely post – said with true love and caring.


8 Julie June 28, 2008 at 12:40 pm

Beautiful baby! Just a plug for my favorite picture place – Shutterfly. I love to make the books – everything is so easy to do – pictures and captions!


9 Ohana Mama June 28, 2008 at 1:14 pm

Aw, Happy 9 months little one! It’s my little girl, Leah’s 9 month birthday today too. Time flies! I had a rough pregnancy – we moved from California to Hawaii while I was pregnant, bought our first house and my husband started a new job. It was crazy and I think a bit too much as I went into pre-term labor at 33 weeks. I had to be airlifted to Oahu and live there, away from my husband and 2.5 year old son, for 3.5 weeks. After all that, she came late – the stinker! And she’s healthy and perfect and keeping me busy!

Happy Birthday to all the 9 month old little ones today!


10 MaryBeth June 28, 2008 at 2:00 pm

I love the face she is making in that last shot… it’s almost like being able to hear delight in her voice even without the sound!!


11 Angela Horne June 28, 2008 at 2:13 pm

So sweet!
Love the “eighteen months if you count it all.”
I am a firm believer that ALL of it needs to be counted. And the moments in labor should be counted TWICE.


12 Forgetfulone June 28, 2008 at 4:39 pm

What absolutely adorable photos! I especially love the smile on her face. She’s a beautiful baby.


13 Stephanie June 28, 2008 at 7:47 pm

Oh, that is beautiful. The time passes by so quickly…


14 Storm June 28, 2008 at 8:46 pm

Precious! Awesome photos.


15 Belinda A. June 28, 2008 at 8:58 pm

She’s a doll! I know what you mean, I can’t bear how quickly the days go by . . .


16 Tara June 28, 2008 at 10:07 pm

Your post brought tears to my eyes. These days pass by so quickly.


17 workout mommy June 28, 2008 at 10:09 pm

what an ADORABLE little girl!

Mine just passed the 10 month mark and I too find myself wondering where the time has gone. He changes/grows every time I blink.


18 Pamela Kramer June 29, 2008 at 10:25 am

Oh look at those cute toes! What a happy little girl. It does fly by doesn’t it? Thank goodness for cameras and video so we can capture as much as we can while they are growing.


19 PsychMamma June 29, 2008 at 2:21 pm

She’s beautiful and the pictures are awesome. I love the stage where they discover and are fascinated by their toes! Now you’ve got me reminiscing….


20 Heather June 29, 2008 at 4:10 pm

Isn’t she a doll!

I understand completely about reminiscing so soon. My third child is just 5 weeks old, but already I’m saying “she’s already 5 weeks old.” It passes in a blink.


21 Amanda June 29, 2008 at 8:49 pm

She is a cutie!!! Happy 9 months!! My little girl just turned 5 months on the 28th!!!


22 Melissa June 29, 2008 at 10:25 pm

My third baby just turned 10 mos on the 23rd. It passes all too quickly! I miss the sweet baby smell and silky hair. He’s still soft and sweet, of course, but such a personality already and just at rough and tumble (and loud!) as his 6 yr old brother. Savor every moment, right?!


23 Sara June 30, 2008 at 4:04 pm

What precious pictures. I love that she “talks” with her toes.


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