Friday, April 16, 2010

wish

The past few weeks all I have wanted to do is hang out with my kid. Adelaide seems to have reached this wonderful stage of her childhood and she is so much fun to be with. The sun has also returned and we continue on our day-long expeditions all over the city.
But even though I am having the best times of my life, every so often I feel a bit guilty for enjoying this all so much. It seems that out there in media-land there is so much about the misery of parenthood and every so often I begin to wonder if there may be something wrong with me.
But every single day I am aware of my happiness, and understand that it may be fleeting. I am thankful for this time in my life, that I love being a mama, and that my daughter is happy and healthy. And I send a silent wish out into the world, that maybe just one more mama might have what I am so blessed to have, too.
And a lovely weekend, to you all.
xox.

55 comments:

stephanie said...

you are so very lucky :) i love the pic of your daughter & the kitty.

julie said...

that second picture is so... lovely

K said...

Oh, please don't think there is something wrong with you! We've been trying to have a baby for over two years, and there are many days that I read your blog to remember why I am fighting this long and arduous road we are on. Your love for Adelaide shows easily in print and pictures, and it's hopeful and refreshing. It has most definitely helped me get through a few tough days.

I know that you don't really think there is something wrong with you and that this comment is entirely too mushy, but I've been wanting to say this for a few posts now. Today seemed just as good of a day as any. ♥

tong said...

I love the picture of your daughter with the kitty! She's such a sweet little girl, and beautiful too!

Ana said...

I always feel like my little one is my best buddy, single people don't understand why, specially because she doesn't even do much talking yet, but it really is comforting, she's always cuddly and up to something, so I'm always loved and up to something too.

The Flower Maiden said...

I feel the same way you do. I love my daughter so much, I LOVE spending time with her. She makes everything more fun and exciting. I would much rather hang out with her than most anyone else.

I have friends who are going away on a beach trip for the weekend, just the girls and I didn't want to go because I would much rather go to the beach with my little girl and hubby. I don't need to get away from my chid or escape . . .

Anyway, just wanted to let you know that you are not alone in your happy and content mommy mindset. :)

Anonymous said...

I love to hear that you are cherishing every minute with your little one. I feel the same way about my little 7mo old girl, she is such a delight.

She is waiting for a new liver since she was born with a rare liver disease and her illness reminds me every minute of every day to enjoy our precious time together. I think more parents need to step back and appreciate the gift of a having a child. Good for you! Ignore those awful parenting stories and give little A an extra big squeeze from us.

Erin and Claire

turtle and dragon said...

Beautiful! Wishing you and the family a wonder filled weekend.
~Melanie

~april said...

well if something is wrong with you, than something's wrong with me too! i adore being a mother and i never thought i would. i am very glad you and adaline are having such wonderful times together--awesome memories to share!

Krista said...

Some people are just meant to be parents, and it sounds like you are one of those special people! It's wonderful that you can enjoy your time with Adelaide so much.

Anonymous said...

You are so lucky to have the time to enjoy it all, and doing a wonderful service to the world by raising a child who is so happy, loving, creative, secure... all those great things that happen when a parent has such a strong bond with a kid! :)

melanie said...

What beautiful words.. :)

Megan said...

I love that you are enjoying it so much. I'm so excited about what is to come with mine; who is about to turn 1. It's sad that so many go on and on about negative things and it's a real gift to be able to live and notice the good things instead.

Danielle said...

You are lucky to have each other! My grandmother always said that the older the children get, the better company they are. My little girl just turned five and just lost her first tooth. She is fabulous company to keep : ).

teresa said...

That feeling never leaves. My daughter is now 22 and we are still just that close. Yes changes come, like schools, graduations, marriage, but that feeling never leaves. Enjoy every moment! There is absolutely nothing wrong with you. :)

April said...

Maybe this is rude of me to ask, and if so, please excuse me!

I think it's wonderful that you love Adelaide so much. Have you considered having more children so you have more "friends" to love? You seem like such a wonderful mother.

♥ meninheira ♥ said...

Oh Sharilyn, your little princess is so sweet!! :)

the dipe squad said...

sharilyn, your sweet addie is so lucky to have you! you are lucky to have each other! I think parenting is really hard, but it is truly wonderful! You and your dear girl are blessed in that you recognize what each other needs (remember why your TV broke?). Hopefully, more lost moms out there will gain inspiration from your pure joy and enjoyment of each other. Warmest wishes to you both!

jjjourneyahead said...

Motherhood is an amazing blessing...as is enjoying it. Cherish these moments while she is little. Take pleasure in your happiness!

Sheira said...

Aww, I love the picture of Adelaide with the kitty. :-)

rjkmello@hotmail.com said...

Love your site. Can't wait to explore. I had been reading the article about your home in the January Better Homes and Gardens magazine and was intrigued by your use of recycled paper to make the "Far Away Mailbox" and the card packets. I was hoping I would find instruction for them on your site but didn't see them. Would you be able to briefly explain how you make your cards out of used types papers? Or were they craft store type papers that look "used." I like paper crafts, and my son loves old & eclectic. I thought he would enjoy a box of cards like those pictured.

Elise N Black said...

I too love reading about your life, your precious daughter, and seeing your lovely creations!

tape_queen said...

oh this is precious :) I love that Adelaide is rubbing her ose into Elliott :)

Steph said...

Blessings are for enjoying and appreciating...that's what you're doing, so you're not doing anything wrong! Beautiful pictures.

Amanda said...

You can tell from all your posts how much you love being a mum and spending time with your sweet little Adelaide - it really is so beautiful to read about. I too love being a mum and realise that not everyone feels this way. I enjoy every day I get to spend time with my little girl and watching her grow. Enjoy your weekend x

Bella said...

I absolutely love Adelaide's room! It's gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Becoming a parent has been my most amazing and rewarding journey to date :) It's a blessing to be able to enjoy them for the people they are. I homeschool them both (unschool actually) and enjoy fun-filled and joyous days all of the time, exploring and experiencing this big, wide world together. :) Keep on keeping on!

workroom said...

so much beauty in your every day!

^___^

Carol & Eddy said...

That is a wonderful wish to wish another mama indeed!

As we were driving in the car today, my 25 mth old was humming in her car seat, and my 7 mth old was going wooshy-ga-ga-ing in hers. I looked at husband and whispered, it is so lovely to have kids.

I know exactly how you feel about your little one, and yes, let's wish every mama out there, the strength, love and wisdom to care for and nurture their little ones.

spb_nick said...

Thank you :)

molly said...

grab hold, and don't let go. of the moments, the joy, the little girl. it is all exactly right, and to be drunk up, in gulps. enjoy.

Stephanie Corker Irwin said...

Such a treat to see you today at Granville Island. Your daughter is a total celebrity already and you are even more beautiful in real life.
Thank you for making life so lovely:)

Megan : ) said...

I can seriously ooh and awe over your posts and pictures for hours. You're doing an amazing job as a mommy and your daughter is adorable. I hope I can give the same to my daughter. :)

leslie and erynn said...

Dear Sharlyn,

I feel exactly the same as you have expressed all the time. But, we are raising the future and isn't joy and security and love some of the most important things for our children to feel and learn and to be able to express to others.

Thanks for your comments. I enjoy "spying" on your lives together. Feel free to visit us at www.erynnann.blogspot.com.

Jujube said...

Sometimes life is too good to be true. Isn't it?
I have guilt when I found out how blissful I am.
hee hee sounds silly, right?

Anonymous said...

Just curious about the little mug in her hand - is adelaide a coffee drinker? ;)
Cute picture and lovely sentiments.
sj

Leanne said...

I know of what you speak. Never in all my life did I think that I would ever get to be a mama to the two most amazing boys the world has ever seen. I am in constant awe of them, of my wonderful life, of all the gifts I have been given. There is a lot time spent giving thanks for all of it.

I am leaving for NYC on Thursday with my girlfriends and if you would have told me even a year ago that I would regret my decision to go, I think I would of laughed. Now, there are crocodile tears at the thought of being gone for 4 days.

Don't get me wrong, I am a big believer in doing things for me, but it just seems like this time with my boys is magical and I don't want to miss a minute.

L xo

PS - My sweet E is in love with his Clementine journal - oh the adventures contained on those pages - thank you so so much.

Anonymous said...

There is absolutely nothing wrong with you -- you are truely blessed! And I say take advantage of every second. Soon enough she will be off to school, the thought of my own going makes me want to cry.

ricka said...

I have been same feeling with you. Sometimes, i couldn't do my work, i feel so quilty. But, i am pretty sure that we couldn't find this moment as it's gone. So, I would like to stay with my little one whenever she wants me... :>
Ricka

may said...

the last picture is so sweet. she's learnt how to kiss! too cute.

Anonymous said...

Hello! I have wanted to leave you a comment for such a long time! I love your blog, your beautiful home and your artwork. I am happy to have your prints. What I mostly love are the photos and posts about your daughter, and your time together. My daughter is 7 and I know people, especially my mother think I'm crazy that I miss her so much when she is at school. We have had great adventures since she was a baby, and it's hard to spend time apart. I love the photos also of your cats and their love for Adelaide. I have some of those photos of my own cats with Lucy, but none I think like the one in this last post. You can just imagine the love that the cat has for your daughter. Thanks for letting us share in your life.
Beth & her cats.

LayoutSeed said...

Pretty good post. I just came by your blog and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

valeria said...

So much love between your little girl and Elliott!!! Sweet!

kirsten said...

that's a wonderful wish...

Anonymous said...

You are so inspiring. I think the secret to life is to stop and enjoy what you are doing and the people you are with. It is a pleasure to see and read that you are doing this everyday with someone so special.

Geisslein said...

these pictures are so lovely! sooo cute!

lavienouveau said...

These photos are to die for. truly heart-melting!

babalisme said...

You have truly been blessed!! Little girls are the antonym of cloudy days and a heart broken.

Embrace your lovely days to come!

Anonymous said...

nothing wrong with you, sister! feeling the mama love here with my 2 small folk as well. thanks for sharing the love!

Rebecca Beagle said...

Oh, I agree completely! I'm so content to stay home and hang out with my son. I get asked a lot if I'm bored or going nuts, but no, it's wonderful.

Leanda said...

No, nothing wrong with you at all.. you are the perfect parent and that's how it should be. If people don't treasure every moment they have with their child then there is something wrong with them and they really shouldn't have had kids in the first place. I've had IVF for two years and am now happily expecting a little boy in July... and believe me I can't wait to see him and hold him and just be with him. You have a special gift :)

Mommy of three said...

This post warmed my heart.
I know just how you feel. It is wonderful to be with our children. In such a short time it will be over and they will be off making their way in the world. I want that for them. But while they are small, I want to spend as many minutes with them as I can.

I home school my just 6, just 4 and almost 2 year old for that very reason. \But when i tell people I home school, I have never had anyone say, "oh how wonderful that you get to spend so much time with your children." Instead, they say, "Oh I could never do that. We couldn't be around each other that much."

The sweetest thing my 6 year old boy says about home schooling is, "home schooling is good because you get to be with your Mommy all the time." I am so grateful he feels that way. And I am going to enjoy it for as long as I can.

Thank you for this sweet and lovely post. And all your posts really. They have such a warm, colorful and peaceful air about them.
Love from,
Greta

Jeanelle said...

u should never feel bad for enjoying ur time with ur daughter, I think there is too many propaganda out there about escaping ur family life, but for me that is just plain laziness from parents of not taking the time to know their own child. kudos to you sharilyn!

Geisslein said...

the last picture is soooo precious and lovely! I´m happy for you, that you are so happy! enjoy every second as much as you can - I´m shure you deserve this!

Miss T said...

such a beautiful post. thank you for sharing this. :)