My inspiration for this record of my days:

“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less” -Anna Quindlen

Friday, May 7, 2010

Belly Buttons

Today as I was busy around the house… putting laundry in, picking up toys, cleaning up after breakfast, etc….I noticed this little guy following me around.


He’s fairly new at walking, so he stumbled along behind me “like a drunken sailor,” as my mom would say. 

He kept calling out “Ma!  Ma!”  Finally I stopped to say “What do you need, Simon?”

His whole face lit up and he proudly said “Hi!”

That was just the little moment I needed today to remind me how much I love staying home with all these little ones.

When I sat down on the floor to hug and kiss him, he decided that he needed to see my belly button right then.  He LOVES belly buttons these days!

Yesterday I took off my regular shirt and looked down at my tank top.  The one that I wear under everything, so it doesn’t usually take the brunt of the handprints or snotty noses.  For some reason, this time it was filthy.

I was stumped until Jeff pointed out that all the dirty little prints were around my belly button.

Now it makes perfect sense!

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