Sunday, March 23, 2008

T. J. Turns One!!

My baby brother's son, T.J., just turned one! Oh, how precious it was to see T. J. last month. It was all I could do not to scoop that baby up and squeeze him. It just seems like yesterday that I toted his dad Anthony around on my hip.

I was 11 when Anthony was born and boy was I thrilled. My mom had had a baby when I was 9 and she couldn't have given me a greater gift. And now it would almost be like having our own daycare. What fun! And I did love taking care of those boys. Any task that Mom would let me do, I did it. Many nights I was the one who patted their backs to get them to sleep. I read them bedtime stories, gave them baths, changed diapers, (of course) helped potty train them, played with them, taught them their colors.

And you know what, I felt privileged to be able to do it. Somehow, I think I realized that all those little things, being a part of their daily lives was something special. It was valuable. I was their big sister who was there for them. I was so proud of them because they were mine.

I learned so much from them. One thing is that kids are a lot of work, but they are so worth it. I remember thinking, I don't want them to grow up. And consoling myself by saying that one day I would have kids of my own.

Now I think sometimes," Remember the pure joy you had from something as simple as picking out an outfit for your baby brother to wear, packing the diaper bag, or rocking him to sleep. Allow your self to feel the same joy with your own kids. I know it is different being the mom, but wow, you are living your dream! Embrace it!"

So, when I see little T. J., I see my baby brother Anthony and I turn into that 12 year old girl, who was on top of the world, just taking care of "her" baby. And I realize that I am still that little girl.


crispy said...

So sweet. You have a great perspective.

DebiH. said...

I love this post! It is so much how Hannah has been with Nate. Now that Abby is a bit older with this new addition, she says that this is "her" baby :) It is wonderful to see them enjoy caring for a little one and fun to read your story!

Randi said...


I am glad you liked it. If your girls are like me, they are in heaven. There is nothing more valuable you can give them than a baby to take care of. Enjoy the magic in their eyes.

Randy Cox said...

How enlightening and satisfying to see in writing how you felt back then. Thanks for all the wondeful help you gave me in all the kids that followed you. Mom

Jennifer said...

We are so blessed with TJ. Thanks for reminding me of the joys of childhood and how precious my time is with my sweet boy. He really is a lot like Anthony.

Lori Rhodes said...

Wow, time flies! Wasn't he born yesterday?

Tiffany said...

This is the main reason I am wanting another baby--it would be so fun for the girls and even Joe to have a baby in the house. Unfortunately, my other half doesn't agree! :o)
This post was awesome and could be published as an essay or something--you really have a gift for writing.

Julie said...

What a great post! The part about your not wanting your brothers to grow up and then remembering that you'd have kids of your own someday reminded me of how I felt just recently when it occurred to me someday my kids will have kids and I'll be a grandmother! Jonathan is 12 1/2, so we could really be about half way there!