You Turn Around


You bring that little bundle home. He’s so new and tiny and somehow you instinctively know how to hold him even though you’ve never been able to hold other babies without making them cry. Ever.

You spend every other minute swinging from pure elation to feeling completely overwhelmed to utterly tearful. It’s hard and happy and amazing and scary and wonderful, all at once.

You realise you haven’t slept in forever and that you may have given birth to a baby that doesn’t through the night at all. You start to resemble a zombie and will start all conversations with how little you are sleeping.

You realise how fast time is passing by.

You start blogging to snap yourself out of the sleep deprived Groundhog Day and record things about your little one.

Little things. Big things. Funny things. Anything.

You record videos, so as not to forget. To record that memory forever. You text the OH constantly with constant status updates. You both find every little thing he does awesome and impressive. You constantly wade through each others phones to see any photos of your little one you might have missed.

You remember the first time he sat up, the first time he said Dada (instead of Mama), the first taste of food, the first time he climbed onto the sofa.

You remember all the cuddles and the teething and how you haven’t had a proper lie in in forever. You hope it will come one day soon. Hopefully.

You laugh about all the funny things he now says and smile at how his speech and personality is developing. You recount his antics to all your family members repeatedly.

You have all this recorded, in detail, all over the place. Thank goodness for technology. You realise you have thousands of photos. And you still have more to take.

And despite all the memories and the moments and the milestones you turn around and wonder, with genuine surprise…

“How on earth did he grow up so fast?”

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  1. I’m still doing it now! How did I have a baby in my 20s and now I’m 40 and he’s nearly as big as me and his feet are the same size as mine? And how is my baby now in year 3?
    I look at photos from even a year or two ago and I can’t believe how much they’ve grown and changed.

  2. Tell me about it! My eldest is turning 18 in a week and I have no idea where those years have gone. The important thing is to enjoy it while they are so young, which I think you are doing and at least you have all of the photos and videos to look back at which will be lovely for you when he is older.

  3. Oh I know!! I have pretty much every moment documented and I’m still surprised how quickly they’re growing up. I had a real moment of heartache yesterday when I was sat at the dining table with the boys and the three of us were eating exactly the same meal. I just wondered how it got to the point where I can prepare the same thing and sit at the table and have a nice dinner with both of them. They’re babies!!

  4. Oh yes I completely understand this. I can relate to all of that especially trawling round looking for photos you may have missed. In the blink of an eye they’ll be 18 – how scary is that!

  5. Lovely post and so true. My son didn’t say mummy for a very long time and I remember how happy I was when he finally said it (“bye bye mummy” because I was going to the shop). You blink and it’s gone. I was looking at my daughter today. 2 years old and talking to me about what she wanted for breakfast. It constantly amazes me, particularly having had a late talker the first time.

  6. It happens all the time. It happened to me just yesterday when I was walking home from school with my “babies”. One is eight. One is four.
    But they are still babies most days when I look at them 🙂

  7. What a wonderful post Tas and so many memories. I wish I’d started blogging earlier, it will be amazing for you to look back at all your words, photos and video. Lovely 🙂

  8. Oh hon I think you’ve summed up the thoughts of every mum on the planet with this fabulous post! I have to stop myself from saying ‘where is the time going’ as it was annoying my hubby lol! And you’re bang on – thank goodness for technology and being able to keep a record of their growth by various means #PoCoLo #MBPW

  9. This is a lovely post. It just feels like yesterday that my eldest daughter was born. I was thinking about this today – wondering whether we spent enough quality time together when she was a baby. I know we did, but I just miss those times. Now we have two new little babies and I plan on spending real quality time with all three because time flies, and before you know it they’re grown and you can never get the time back. x

  10. WOW this is brilliantly written. Loved evert second of it and so true. It makes me so sad how fast the time is going and I never thought it could go any faster than it did when I had my first but somehow it is flying by even moreso with two. I guess because that makes me busier. I am so scared to miss a beat or that I won’t get to enjoy this milestone or phase long enough before the next one hits. soon I will turn around they will be off to school that frightens me that time goes like this. Robbing us somehow i feel. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme Lovely post.
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  11. Brilliantly written, I can totally resonate with this! I so wish I has started blogging earlier, when I was pregnant with number one, as i’d have such a great written and visual record of everything. Now I’ve started, I don’t want to miss a second!
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