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"MAMA!"

Posted on: Thursday






I open my tired eyes in the morning and roll over in bed, squinting as her round little face comes into focus.  There she stands, her face just inches away from mine, at my bedside.  As she eagerly waits to be lifted onto the white pillowy land of the big bed, she looks me in the eyes and exclaims,
"Mama!"
"Good morning Biet."
Then she rattles off a sentence in baby babble, which I imagine to mean something along the lines of its so nice to see you this morning.  And from here on out, the "Mama's!" never stop.

Sometimes she wants to get my attention. Sometimes she wants to tell me a story. Sometimes she simply wants to sing her "Mama! Mama! Mama!" song.  Sometimes the back and forth between us ("Mama!" "Yes, Biet?" "blahahablahabaaha!".... "Mama!" "Yes, Biet?" "hahadododo!"...) is pure entertainment.

As we stroll down the street on a chilly autumn eve, her booming bright voice calls out my name over and over and over and over.  Every passing taxi cab, every smiling stranger, every flashing city light, and every bump in the sidewalk warrants an excited "Mama!".

Then, just as I'm thinking to myself that I must have heard her call out my name about 75,000 times that day, she falls silent. I peek over the edge of the stroller to find her eyes gently closed, and her happy tired face finally slumbering after a long day.

Finally, Gaby and I can have a decent baby-free conversation, free of slobbery bursts of babble and nonsensical sounds and songs.  Finally, a bit of peace and quiet and normalcy.

And then the funniest thing happens.
After only a couple of blocks, everything feels a little too quiet. I miss the excited nonstop "Mama's!".  Her pretty happy little cries have become my new normal.  And as much as I cherish this silent time, I look forward to the next morning when her voice will once again call out my name.

19 COMMENTS:

  1. Such a sweet post. I think I feel the same way. Sometimes, after we put the boys to bed, Andrew and I sit on the couch with a glass of hard cider and when the baby cries out for me, I kind of don't mind being needed... and then I love coming back to my hubby and cider!

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    1. I know, isn't it crazy?! Even when they frustrate you to pieces, you still miss them when they are gone for a little while. Ahh motherhood!

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  2. Beautiful post! In my home two voices call mama many, many times a day. And sometimes I long for silence...but when it is there, I miss the sound of 'mama' soon. M x

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    1. Thank you M! I guess like anything, its just about finding a balance between the silence and the chaos. :) I can't believe that there will soon be two voices crying out my name too!

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  3. Wow, that last photo of you two in black and white is SO stunning. You really have an eye for a perfect photo. Never stop.

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope to get better and better at photography as i learn more- thank you for following along!

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  4. Too cute! Lovely!

    Valentina
    http://valentinaduracinsky.blogspot.com/

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  5. Such a precious post and oh soo true!! : ).

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  6. I LOVE all these photos!!!!

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  7. how sweet :) and beautiful photos as always!

    xo,
    kristyn

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  8. Belle,
    This is so sweet.

    xoxo

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  9. I do the same thing!I wish for two seconds of my own thoughts, then when I have it I feel it is way too quiet! Especially when they sleep overnight at my moms, their empty little beds and rooms seem so odd.

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    1. Oh my goodness, sleepovers! I haven't had a night without Biet since she was born, and although the idea of it sounds AMAZING, I know I would miss her too!

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  10. Beautiful, Belle. Very sweet :)

    http://brittanykytecreated.blogspot.com/

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  11. Oh my goodness I am totally tearing up. This has been my morning for the past week. My little guy has figured out he's big enough to climb. I absolutely love waking up to his little voice whispering "mama! hi mama!". Isn't being a mother pure joy!

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