Days with my Children

This is several days worth of pictures so it’s a bit long. Who am I kidding, it’s really long!

I was reading on LDS.org today (I’m mormon) about motherhood. There are so many great articles and lessons about motherhood on that site. Reading there makes me feel so happy and fills me with peace.

I know many of my readers aren’t LDS (most probably aren’t, actually) but I wanted to share this quote from one of the past leaders in my church about motherhood because it’s not hugely religious, just absolutely beautiful and encouraging for all mothers:

“Motherhood is the greatest potential influence either for good or ill in human life. The mother’s image is the first that stamps itself on the young child’s mind. It is her caress that first awakens a sense of security, her kiss, the first realization of affection; her sympathy and tenderness, the first assurance that there is love in the world.”
-David O. McKay

These very thoughts are often going through my mind in one way or another. Watching Ember grow these past two months has re-taught me so much about mothers and children and families and God.
PhotobucketWatching every tiny change in her every day is amazing. First she starts turning towards familiar voices. She starts calming at those voices. She starts smiling at those voices. Suddenly she is locking eyes. She’s recognizing a smile and smiling back. She giggles at silly sounds or her arms being moved a certain way.

Hundreds of miraculous moments of development all unfolding on a daily, if not hourly, basis. There’s nothing like a new baby to open your heart completely to God and put your mind towards thoughts of eternity.
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I am so thankful when my heart is softened and I’m patient and relaxed and aware. Aware of the million moments I’ll miss so much when these kids are grown and gone.

Payson and his super silly faces… my heart is going to break when I don’t get to see these every day-
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Sweet, sleeping baby.
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I accomplish a lot while she naps. I spend lots of time with the other kids, I clean, I cook… but I am missing her the whole time. My arms have quickly grown use to her warmth and walking around without her, as nice as it is to get everything else done, is a bit empty.
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But messes like this below (counter was totally clean the day before!) make those short naptimes really important! lol
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Tummy time.
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Looking around from a new vantage point.
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Brooklyn got to talk to Allan on the phone while he was at work.
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She is a daddy’s girl, for sure.
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She lights up when he gets home at night and she is always thrilled when the weekends come around.
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Sierra got twenty minutes of holding Ember yesterday while Brooklyn and Payson played outside.
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I really enjoyed watching them together. Sierra was talking and singing to Ember and Ember was soaking up the big sister love.
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She even did some really sweet coos for Sierra.
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When the bigger kids do the same songs or tone of voice or phrases that I do with Ember it makes me feel so much more determined to have all my interactions with all of my kids be gentle and loving.
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This is a very Sierra thing to do… whenever she holds Ember she likes to hold her head like this.
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This morning was Sierra’s last day of her class. A woman I talk to while waiting for Sierra offered to snap a picture of me and the kids before we headed home.
PhotobucketThe picture makes me laugh. My crazy little group of children!

We got home and the older kids headed out to the backyard to play while I nursed Ember in my bedroom.
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I love that she’s so happy while she nurses.
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And that she loves to stare into my eyes the whole time.
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Makes the painful boobies easier to bare. ha
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*sigh* Baby feet.
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I burped the baby.
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I kiss those soft cheeks of hers probably a hundred times while burping her πŸ™‚
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And then chatted with the baby while she pooped.
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Pooped… all over both of us. Stupid diapers! I ordered cloth today!
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That poop was so bad she really needed a bath.
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Oh gosh is she cute in the tub. I love her little body.
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After Ember’s bath I put her in the swing so she could nap and I started lunch. Problem was…
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Payson doesn’t like waiting for food to cook.
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I turned on NickJR for the kids to watch while lunch cooked.
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Sierra made that turkey during her class this morning. She held it most of the day πŸ™‚
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Realizing lunch was going to take another 35 minutes to cook (stir fry), I gave the kids baggies with snacks.
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Later in the day I took the kids on a walk to go get our mail.
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Brooklyn took these first pictures.
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But I used an electrical box to set my camera on for the next two so Brooklyn could be in it with us!
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It’s been quite chilly here this week. It was in the forties all morning. I don’t think it got over 55 the whole day.
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That might not sound too cold to you guys but after dealing with 110+ temperatures all summer I want 70 degree weather, dang it!!
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I think Sierra’s the cutest little girl I’ve ever seen.
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Brooklyn loves to bring the newspaper with us and say, “Mail for sale, mail for sale, get your mail!” She mistakenly calls newspapers “mail” though I correct her every time! lol
I know the reason why is because we got newspapers in the mail for the first 6 years of her life. She wasn’t used to seeing them on the driveway until this year so to her newspapers are mail.
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The kids were playing around while I was nursing Ember this evening when I glanced outside and saw the sunset.
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And I forgave Arizona for the unseasonably cold weather right then and there πŸ˜‰
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12 thoughts on “Days with my Children

  • This is seriously the sweetest post! It is making me miss what my 11 1/2 month old (and last child) has already quit doing (the coos, holding still long enough to gaze into my eyes, etc). Motherhood really is an incredible blessing! You did an beautiful job putting it into words and illustrating it with your beautiful photos.

  • Great update. Ember is just precious and has some very doting siblings. GORGEOUS sunset!! I am now inspired to take more pics WITH my kids instead of just them. I usually don't take one with them unless it is a holiday. And I LOVE that motherhood quote.

  • I don't know how you are able to do it! I just can't take that many pictures in a day! Each one of them is special. They are all important to tell how your life is. And what a GREAT story you have to tell!

  • I just want to thank you for sharing your life on this blog. You are always inspiring me to be a more patient & attentive mother, and sometimes reassuring me I'm not the only one who has frustrating, exhausting days and a messy house. You and your family are beautiful and refreshing.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! πŸ™‚

  • I LOVE it when you post lots of pics!! πŸ™‚ Amazing as ever girl!

    Typically, how long does it take you to write a blog post? I find it amazing that you can juggle 4 kiddos & find time for picture taking and blogging.

    I have 3 kids, and I get my blogging done, but it isn't always easy!

  • Thanks Alisha.

    Melanie, I feel sad that the cooing phase will end! 11 month olds are fun, too. But I really want this age to last forever.

    Oceans5, definitely get in those pictures! I have ONE picture of me and my mom and it's from when I was 1, so I try really hard to take pictures with my kids often. It's tough but worth it πŸ™‚

    Mary, I already told you on the phone but for anyone else reading- the pics in this post were from three days!

    Kristin, I sure do get frustrated and exhausted. Daily! haha. As long as we keep trying to be patient and attentive, that's all we can do.

    Meggan, it took me an hour to do this blog post!! It took three different nursing “sessions” with Ember and you can see that I didn't get it published until 1am! lol. Blogging has to be squeezed minute here and minute there into my day.

  • I've officially become a daily reader of your blog and really enjoy it! Payson cracks me up as my 2 year old Charlie is the same. He is really impatient and when he's hungry he whines and cries and pretty much has a meltdown. Meanwhile my 3-1/2 year old daughter is the doting big sister and much more patient.

    I am in awe at how you manage the 4 of them on your own. I have a nanny 5 days a week, my daughter goes to nursery 3 afternoons a week and I *still* always feel like I don't have enough time in the day. I often get frustrated and impatient with the kids and then feel bad at night once they are asleep that I wasn't better with them. I actually miss them when they are asleep. Motherhood is by far the most challenging role but the most fun and rewarding as well. Considering I never even wanted to have kids, I'm glad something changed in my head just over 4 years ago! I can't imagine life without the craziness, laughter and poop that children bring to my life, lol!

  • I'm so in awe of you. You have some of the CUTEST kids. Ever. And you still do so much with/for them, plus you still find time to chronicle it all for you and for all of us that love reading about it all.
    I'm sure I've said it before, but thanks for writing about the many, many aspects of motherhood. I really appreciate it. For lots of reasons.
    Also, Its amazing to see how far we've come. Can you believe its been, what, 7 years. . . What?

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