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Friday, January 31, 2014


Last week I was sitting at a cafe sipping my chai while Clementine chewed on dried apple in her pram. An older man came up to us, and started to play peek-a-boo with Clementine. She was laughing and kicking her legs, delighted by the attention. The man started to tell me that he has grandchildren, whom he adores, but that he missed out on this with his own children. He explained that he had to work 6 days a week and would leave when his kids were asleep and come home when they were tucked into bed again. He told me that I was lucky to be spending this time with her.

I do feel lucky, I really do. I feel lucky that my husband has a great job that he enjoys that enables me to stay home and take care of our baby. I love that I'm the first and last person she sees each day. I love watching her look of pride and astonishment as she learns something new, like pulling herself up to stand or starting to crawl. I love that I get to spend all day, every day, with this funny little person.

21 comments:

  1. These pictures really made me smile.

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  2. beautiful Gaby, lovely story, thanks for sharing...we are very very lucky to be spending this time with our little ones ;)
    love C 's photo on the pram...too cute!

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  3. Clementine has a wise face. These are beautiful photos and a beautiful conversation with the man at the café. x

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  4. What a great perspective -- thank you for sharing!

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  5. she really really does have the most beautiful, sparkly eyes.

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  6. So lovely. My parents worked a lot when my sister and me were small, so we stayed and Grandma and Granddads house most of the time ... I liked it, they spoilt us and we also liked seeing our parents at the weekends - but my Mum told me that when she came to pick us up one day and my sister could suddenly walk ... that was aweful for her. And I can absolutely see why. I hope I'll get the chance to spend this first few years with my kids, not working too much. Glad to read you enjoy it that much - there are many women that keep complaining how much they miss work.

    Lots of love, as always, C looks absolutely stunning. And so do you :)

    Maria

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  7. Beautiful pics capturing a beautiful, grateful mumma. x

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  8. cute baby!
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    greetings from Hong Kong :)

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  9. it really is the best, isn't it! x

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  10. what a sweet old man! I really love these pictures!

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  11. I love when people share there stories with me, especially fellow parents. She is beautiful, as are you.

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  12. I've had several old men who are grandpas chat to me randomly in the street or in cafes since I've become a mum, it's become something I love, listening to their stories and pearls of wisdom.

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  13. Those photos are awesome! What a great reminder to appreciate precious time :)

    <3 Daryl
    Unlost

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  14. Gorgeous photos! And what a great story! To have the chance to spent time with family and to do so is probably really what counts and will feel like the most important thing when you grow old. Enjoy every minute that you guys spend with her.

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  15. You girls are just the loveliest ladies ever. It really is so wonderful that you get to spend such precious time together xx

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  16. We really are the lucky ones aren't we Gaby? x

    p.s. I got Clementine a baby bolster ;)

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  17. Oh Gaby, this just rang like clanging bells through my mind...
    We have just very recently made the decision for my husband to take on a new job opportunity. A new job which will mean a total change for us, currently we live on a 30,000 acre beef and sheep property in an isolated area. I'm 20 weeks pregnant with our first baby, it's an hours drive to the nearest town, my husband leaves for work at 6.30-7am every morning and I'm lucky if I see him before 7pm every night. Something had to give, I could see the writing on the wall and the storm a'brewing. Now, in his new role he will be home more. I am hopeful and grateful for our future little family and all that will come. I'm breathing heaving sighs of relief and gratefulness.

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    1. That's awesome! You'll definitely want him around when the baby comes, and I can't imagine how isolated you would feel with a baby an hour away from town. Yikes. Definitely sounds like the right choice x

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  18. Lovely Post Gaby. She really is the cutest little Bub and such beautiful photos! I have a soft spot for strangers who go out of their way to share little bits of wisdom, even if it seems like the smallest of things. It's wonderful to be at home with our babies but it's also a lot of work and doesn't seem as valued by society as it used to be so it's nice to have these gentle reminders that we are doing a great job :-) Mel x

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  19. Indeed, you are blessed to be a stay-at-home-mum. I feel the same way about having been a stay-at-home-mum for the first two years or M's life. How sad to hear about that man's story, it seems there are many father's who miss out on raising their children either by circumstance or choice.

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