Embracing Growth


I watch my daughter run for her dad, shrieks of delight echoing through the house as her little legs carry her as fast as she can make them go. My mind flashes back to when she couldn’t run, hadn’t learned to walk, to when she was a tiny bundle wrapped up against my chest.

I held my breath.

I wanted to keep her tiny forever, to save her newborn smell and perfect sounds for an eternity. Anxiety would overwhelm me when I thought about her crawling, walking, and becoming a little girl.

As she grew she took with her my anxiety, worry, and apprehensions. She held my hand while she became steady on her feet and I became stronger on mine.

My baby was growing up.

Babbling and beautiful sounds formed and became words flowing through the house and filling it with love. Loud giggles, full bellied laughter, and chiclet smiles begging to be played with.

Becoming a little girl.

As she grows she discovers new pieces of herself everyday, finds beauty and adventure in every corner, and expresses herself with exuberance.

Her unique personality makes her a joy, her disposition is consistently sunny and welcoming, and her determination unwavering.

I am exhaling.

And I am embracing her growth.

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39 Responses to Embracing Growth
  1. Galit Breen
    July 18, 2011 | 7:42 am

    Sob, sniffle. So very beautiful.

    You and her.


    • multitaskingmumma
      July 19, 2011 | 8:11 pm

      Thank you Galit.
      I’m glad you came to read it.

  2. Krista
    July 18, 2011 | 7:45 am

    Oh my.. that sentence about holding your hand while she became steady on her feet? So beautiful. Great post.

    • multitaskingmumma
      July 19, 2011 | 8:11 pm

      Thanks Krista.
      I’m so glad you liked it

  3. Leigh Ann
    July 18, 2011 | 7:46 am

    Thanks for the early morning cry! This is so beautiful, and so true. I want to pause my girls at the age they’re at right now, but then I remember that I’ve said that with EVERY age. I know that as they grow I’ll embrace it. Until the teen years. Then maybe not so much.

    On my run this morning I saw a dad jogging with a baby in a stroller. For a few seconds I really missed the infant days. I rushed Zoe’s newborn days because they were so hard and chaotic. I guess I’ll just have to have another one!

    • multitaskingmumma
      July 19, 2011 | 8:11 pm

      Yes, have another!
      This is fantastic news!
      When will you tell C?

  4. KLZ
    July 18, 2011 | 9:07 am

    It’s hard to let go. Except that every day, as much as I miss the baby I had, I love the person he IS. Watching them grow up turns out to be a great gift.

    • multitaskingmumma
      July 19, 2011 | 8:09 pm

      That is the perfect way to put it!
      Thank you KLZ 🙂

  5. Shell
    July 18, 2011 | 9:22 am

    This is so sweet!

    • multitaskingmumma
      July 19, 2011 | 8:09 pm

      Thanks Shell!!

  6. Crystal
    July 18, 2011 | 9:42 am

    This brought tears to my eyes. Love it. My little baby is 11 months old today, and suddenly looks like more like a little girl than my baby. Breaks my heart!

    • multitaskingmumma
      July 19, 2011 | 8:08 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it.
      I remember when mine was 11 months. I was so sad about the approaching first birthday, however, it has been great.
      It really does get better and better.

  7. Alison@Mama Wants This
    July 18, 2011 | 9:59 am

    Oh just beautiful. They grow so quickly!

    • multitaskingmumma
      July 19, 2011 | 8:07 pm

      Thank you Alison, they do don’t they!
      Time for MORE!! lol

  8. Jessica
    July 18, 2011 | 10:13 am

    This was a beautiful post about growing up.

    And honestly, the toddler stage is my favorite. I love watching them at this age when they can run, play, babble. So cute.

    • multitaskingmumma
      July 19, 2011 | 8:01 pm

      My daughter is babbling so much now. I love hearing new words every day

  9. liz
    July 18, 2011 | 10:37 am

    It can be hard but totally rewarding at the same time. Just think of all the cool things you can teach her as she gets older! 🙂

    • multitaskingmumma
      July 19, 2011 | 8:00 pm

      Hehe.. Yah, the cool things indeed!
      I’m so teaching her to get me ice cream.

  10. Erin
    July 18, 2011 | 10:44 am

    Beautifully written… such bittersweet times! <3

    • multitaskingmumma
      July 19, 2011 | 7:57 pm

      Thank you so much.
      They are bittersweet aren’t they? Perfect choice of words.

  11. Jen
    July 18, 2011 | 12:00 pm

    Beautiful. I find myself regularly saying *this* is my favorite age. It just seems like as Allison gets bigger, she gets even more amazing.

    • multitaskingmumma
      July 19, 2011 | 7:57 pm

      That’s so nice to hear. I was worried when my daughter was baby that I would miss her newborn stage but I really do love every stage

  12. Paulette (MsPDrama)
    July 18, 2011 | 12:34 pm

    Mere words cannot describe how beautiful this post is. Watching our kids grow is definitely bitter sweet at times. Yet, it’s the most rewarding thing, too.

    • multitaskingmumma
      July 19, 2011 | 7:56 pm

      Thank you so much for your sweet compliments.
      You are correct when you say it’s bittersweet.

  13. Mommy's Paradise
    July 18, 2011 | 1:30 pm

    You put this so nice into words. Sometimes I think time is passing much too fast and I want my tot to stay exactly like this forever. And the next day he’s absolutely different, even his face looks a bit different. Is it just me? Do you have that feeling sometimes too?

    • multitaskingmumma
      July 19, 2011 | 7:53 pm

      I do!
      Some days my daughter looks like her dad, other days she looks like my mom, most days she looks like my father. She went from a baby to being a big girl. She’s talking more and more everyday.
      I can’t believe how fast time is flying by.

  14. Kristy @PampersandPinot
    July 18, 2011 | 3:36 pm

    I spent three years loving the growth and growing independence. Then, recently, I was hit with the sadness of it. Sigh.

    • multitaskingmumma
      July 19, 2011 | 7:52 pm

      Big huge Sigh.

  15. Rach (DonutsMama)
    July 18, 2011 | 4:05 pm

    She’s adorable and this was so beautifully written, too.

    • multitaskingmumma
      July 19, 2011 | 7:51 pm

      Thank you Rach.

  16. Jill V. / TerraSavvy
    July 18, 2011 | 9:22 pm


    HI! I found your blog through one of my closest friends, Leslie at Lights and Letters. I just published a post today all about what you represent – multitasking!

    It’s more of a finding the balance issue and would love it if you would check it out and share your process with us! I am interested in how you handle your days like the rest of us.

    Great to “meet” you and hope you come over for a visit!



  17. Kimberly
    July 19, 2011 | 12:28 am

    Oh this was just so beautiful. This is such a fun age to watch them learn, grown, and play!

    • multitaskingmumma
      July 19, 2011 | 7:50 pm

      It really is.
      I can’t believe that I was so worried about her growing up!
      It keeps getting better

  18. MamaRobinJ
    July 21, 2011 | 12:36 am

    I remember bawling when Connor was about two weeks old because I was amazed at how fast he was growing. Too fast, but something to embrace, I agree. Otherwise you miss it.

    Beautifully written.

    • multitaskingmumma
      July 25, 2011 | 7:15 pm

      thank you Robin.
      I still can’t look at the photo albums from when she was a newborn.. to hard.

  19. Bruna
    July 22, 2011 | 3:06 pm

    Aw, beautiful words about your daughter growing up. I think we all feel the same way as Mothers. I SO miss the infant baby smell. Mmmmm….

    • multitaskingmumma
      July 22, 2011 | 9:35 pm

      Thank you Bruna!
      I loved the pics of your daughters, so gorgeous

  20. Julie @ mamamash
    July 23, 2011 | 1:04 pm

    Parenting is beautiful and scary all at the same time, isn’t it?

    • multitaskingmumma
      July 25, 2011 | 6:26 pm

      You got it!
      It’s all one huge guessing game.

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