Every mother knows how priceless this moment is. Wouldn’t trade it for the world.
(I do not know who the artist of this painting is, but if you do, let me know!)
I had a feeling I’ve seen this before (again)
Like mother like daughter.
No matter what age you are, little O, we will always find comfort in being hugged by you. Especially when you’re comfortably passed out in our arms.
(L: 2 months old; R: 6 months old)
Someone just told me that there is a Filipino saying that when a child does what little O is doing in the picture, it means that the kid is ready and asking for a sister or brother. WOAH!
Hold on, baby girl. We, parents, aren’t ready for that yet! :P
Watch my little O :)
bounce baby, bounce, ba-bounce.
Well, not yet, I guess. :P
What does a mom have to do to get everyone to vote for little O every day until Sunday?
In gathering my thoughts to explain how you have changed my life, I can definitely attest that being your mother is the hardest, most wonderful, and most amazing role I have taken. Most of these might not make sense to you now, but it’s true what they say: everything makes sense when the time comes for one to become a parent. Because of you, I will never see the world the same way again.
Even if you manage to sneak in 6 hour stretches of sleep at night, I cannot imagine myself falling asleep for more than 4 hours without checking if you’re alright. A whimper, a cry, a wail and a tiny cough would send me running to your direction. I would do anything to take away your pain. And when I watch you sleep peacefully, I wonder what I have done to deserve such a wonderful baby like you.
Altough you are still tiny, you have amazing strength. You already firmly stand on the ground and constantly reach for something to tightly wrap your little fingers around. Although limited in speech, your eyes say it all. You look at the world with such wonder and amazement by cooing and gurgling. And when you smile, oh when my little daughter smiles, it’s like the whole world has lit up and everything is good. I live for those tiny bursts of sunshine.
Every day you discover something new and amazing about yourself and the world. And when I see you grow like this—grow in such wonder, in love and in confidence—I cannot help but thank the heavens for you. It is humbling to be reminded by someone who is nothing but a minuscule fraction of my age that life is indeed very precious.
I know that there will be times that I would need to allow you to fall to realize your ability to pick yourself back up and move forward with confidence. How I wish that you would not go through hardships, however, these are inevitable. All I can do is prepare you for the world and hope that you choose what is good. And when the time comes that you try things on your own even without my consent, I pray that God guides you through these moments when I cannot be there to save you. Oh God, I pray that I will be ready when that day comes.
Because time flies by too fast to capture everything, next thing I know, you will be taking your first steps, speaking your first full sentence, going to school, chasing a career, and settling down to have your own family. But wait, my child. Before all of that, allow me first to enjoy these moments of cooing and crying. Let me hold you in my arms a little bit longer because I can wait a little while before you grow up.
Oh, Olivia, thank you. Thank you for opening my eyes and fattening my heart with so much love. I pray that I may never take for granted your smile, your affection and your love. May I never forget to tell you how much I love you. And I hope that you feel my love for you regardless of what age you are or where you decide to plant your roots. May your beauty in the inside always shine through your beauty in the outside—just the way God has created you. You are and will always be beautiful, wonderful and a blessing in my life. I love you.
So this is what happens when I tell my baby not to smile…
Whatcha lookin at?
(Just got back from a trip with the family and sorting through 300+ photos!)