"Say what you have to say, and not what you ought."
~ Henry David Thoreau

Friday, October 7, 2011

Babies Don't Keep

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait 'till tomorrow
For babies grow up, we learn to our sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs and dust go to sleep
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.

When I was young, a hand embroidered picture with this saying on it hung on the wall in our house.  As a child it meant very little to me.  As a teenager, for some unknown reason my cousin and I liked to recite it to each other and laugh hilariously.  It wasn't until I became a mother myself that it became meaningful and somewhat poignant to me.  Babies do grow up much too fast!  Yesterday my one and only turned 13.  Here are some pictures showing highlights from her day.

New warm, fuzzy socks and a robe.

Sushi at Tona for dinner. Yum!  It was Isaac's (my boyfriend's foster son) first time having sushi.
Gillian struggling with her chopsticks. 
Mike and I

After dinner we went to FatCats to play arcade games and ride bumper cars.

Decisions, decisions...

Gillian's favorite prize? The Big Ripper Whoopee Cushion!
Gillian requested a tie-dye cake with a peace sign.   
Voila! I thought I was done until Mike pointed out to me that this was a Mercedes symbol, not a peace sign.
Much better. 

The birthday girl.
The tie-dye inside.  It looked much cooler than this picture shows. 
 Gillian celebrated at her dad's house with some of her closest friends.  They didn't have to be asked twice to pose for the camera.  


  1. Gillian looks a lot like her grandmother, I think! Great pictures, and Happy Birthday to the brand-new teenager!

  2. Yes, they do grow up way too fast. My sweet Gills is now a teenager. She looks great. Where did these last thirteen years go????

    Mother made the wall hanging that you referenced. I love the philosophy that it stated. I miss having my babies, but I am thankful I had all those hours of rocking and holding them. I keep hoping for another grandchild. Hint, hint...

  3. What are you talking about? I've given you two more adorable grandchildren, Lucy and Sophie.

  4. Happy Birthday to Gillian. Yep, they grow up way too fast...that's the reason I'm in Austin, Texas this week, so I can cu.ddle my granddaughters before they get too old for Nana. We're off to buy Halloween decorations, something I don't bother with at home because there isn't anyone young enough to enjoy them


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