I Am

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I am…

…. your chair, when you choose to sit on my lap, leaning back to where my lips touch the top of your head.

… your bed, when you climb on top of me and lay your little boy head on my chest where my heart beats, just like when you were a baby.

… your ladder, when you use my legs as a boost to get to the armchair that’s too high for you.

… your playmate, when we spend our days playing with your trucks, stacking cups, bubbles, the dreadful ball popperΒ and your bike.

… your entertainer, when we play peek-a-boo endlessly, when I tickle you under your arms and make you laugh breathlessly, when I hold you in my arms and dance to imaginary music.

… your teacher, when we read books together and I point out the pictures and words and you repeat them, and when we say 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 together.

… your best friend, when we just want to be in each other’s company, quietly sitting and holding hands.

… your worst enemy, when I make you take medicine when you’re sick and you hate it and when I tell you to “Stop it!” when you’re throwing a tantrum,

… your biggest cheerleader, when you achieve something new: holding your head up at 4 weeks, rolling over at 4 months, sitting up at 6 months, crawling at 8 months, standing up at 10 months, talking at 12 months, walking and climbing at 14 months, running at 16 months, standing up for yourself to a 5 year old child at the play gym at 20 months.

… your mother, the day you came into this world and made mine better.

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  • September 22, 2011 Ann

    *sigh* That was SO beautiful!

    I wanted to start this with “YAY! First comment”, but all I could do was sigh. There’s nothing like a mothers love and this was sheer poetry….

    Really, Alison – nicely done!
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Ann. My love for him is like no other. I don’t think I’ll get sick of writing about that πŸ™‚

  • September 22, 2011 Lindsey

    This is sweet!
    And the first thing that came to me after reading it is that at some point mothers really are all things to all people πŸ˜‰
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Lindsey – yes we are!

  • September 22, 2011 Lindsay

    Beautiful post, thanks for sharing.

    Sorry I haven’t been commenting lately, if you’ve read my blog i’m sure you know why!

    Much love, my bloggy friend. : )

    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Lindsay, I do know and I’m very sorry for your loss. May the days get better and easier for you, your sister and your family. xo

  • September 22, 2011 Elena

    I love this – so very sweet! We are so many things to our kids and they are so many things to us.
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Elena – yes, we are and they are!

  • September 22, 2011 Rach

    So sweet πŸ™‚
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Rach.

  • September 22, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

    Oooh, I liked this!! We moms are so many things to our little ones and you described it so well.
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Rach! I could go on and on, but didn’t want to bore people πŸ™‚

  • September 22, 2011 Desperate Housemommy

    Lovely, Alison. Just lovely.
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Sue.

  • September 22, 2011 Robin

    Excellent description. You’re clearly underpaid. πŸ˜‰
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Yes, can you tell my boss please? πŸ™‚

  • September 22, 2011 Sweaty

    That picture of you with your newborn son, that’s precious!

    We all need to learn a little from you here… to realize how we are enough, just from being a mother.
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Dear friend, we learn from each other. πŸ™‚

  • September 22, 2011 Kim

    My heart melted at the ‘best friend’ line just to share company! It is so true; just being with our children, even if it is silent and all I hear is their breathing, makes me feel so whole, so complete. I love the photos you included, too, especially the one when your son was a newborn staring at you. It is breathtaking!
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thank you Kim! Those are my favorite moments, when we’re just with each other. That photo? Self-taken πŸ™‚

  • September 22, 2011 anna ~ random handprints

    so sweet, and also so true!
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Anna.

  • September 22, 2011 My Inner Chick

    —B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. ! xx
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you so much!

  • September 22, 2011 Kimberly

    So lovely…we are so many things to our wee ones but what it comes down to is that we are moms and we are very full of love πŸ˜‰ ….and our purses and pockets and glove compartments are always full of napkins and sanitizing wipes πŸ˜‰
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Haha yes, that too!

  • September 22, 2011 Jessica

    Beautiful post! It’s amazing to think just how important and valuable we are to our children. It’s amazing and humbling.
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Jessica, it is truly humbling.

  • September 22, 2011 Melanie

    Oh, my heart is melting at this. Oh my goodness, this is so sweet and perfect. What wonderful words to describe your relationship with your boy – what a mother is to her child.

    Beautiful, Alison. Just beautiful. Not to mention, sweet photos!

    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Melanie. I love the photos too πŸ™‚

  • September 22, 2011 Mirjam

    Sigh, you just took ME back in time for a few moments. My (firstborn) son is turning nine this week.
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      I’m glad I did. And wow, NINE!

  • September 22, 2011 Christi

    I love the black and white picture of the two of you staring at each other. So beautiful and genuine!
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Christi! It was self-taken too πŸ™‚

  • September 22, 2011 Asianmommy

    So sweet! My girls are getting too big, but I still love to hold my little one in my lap with my face against the back of her head.
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      There’s nothing like it, is there?

  • September 22, 2011 Kimberly

    This is so very sweet! You are so many things to him, but he is also so many more things to you. You’re both lucky to have each other!

    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      He is, I think that’s a post in the making!

  • September 22, 2011 Courtney

    Perfect. Absolutely perfect.
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Courtney.

  • September 22, 2011 Jessica

    You come up with such clever structures for your posts. This one is exactly right. Somehow we manage all of these roles, but the last is best.
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Jessica. Inspiration strikes me at the oddest times and strangest places πŸ™‚

  • September 22, 2011 Kiddothings

    Yes, you are. Love all the pictures of you and your handsome fella.
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you, I love them too!

  • September 22, 2011 Kir

    We are the very best version of ourselves when we are in our “mommy mode” and this made me smile and weepy. Love those pictures my friend. Xo
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      You’re absolutely right, Kir!And thank you.

  • September 22, 2011 Katie E.

    This is like, the sweetest thing ever! Great post!
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you so much Katie!

  • September 22, 2011 Galit Breen

    Oh my that was sigh-worthy!
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you dear friend!

  • September 22, 2011 Inspiration to Dream

    Some posts just leave you speechless – love this
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you so much, that’s a big compliment!

  • September 22, 2011 January

    So sweet, so beautiful and so true.

    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thanks January.

  • September 22, 2011 jacqui

    I never knew you were so very versatile! This is really sweet…and I love the photos!
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      I try Jacqui πŸ™‚ and thank you.

  • September 22, 2011 Always Home and Uncool

    A lovely bit of love.
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you πŸ™‚

  • September 22, 2011 John

    Awwwww.

    And isn’t it great when that spot that the newborn nuzzled up to continues to get nuzzling? I know, some day, this will go away and I’ll have kids who don’t want to cuddle.

    But, now, when they’re tired, or hurt, or scared, or just because, the head goes right over my heart. And I smile.
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Exactly that, head on heart. Love.

  • September 22, 2011 Barbara

    So beautiful. I loved the way you describe the relationship between mother and child so perfectly. And those pictures are just too sweet!
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Barbara, I was aiming for just good. Perfect is very generous of you.

  • September 22, 2011 Not a Perfect Mom

    that top left pic is breathtaking…
    you really are quite stunning Alison..
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Holly, you’re too sweet.

  • September 22, 2011 Sarcasm Goddess

    That was so precious. Tears, in my eyes, right now.
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      I made you cry!!

  • September 22, 2011 Runnermom-jen

    Aw, Alison, I love this sweet little post and the collage at the end. Your son will appreciate all of those things that you are and were to him πŸ™‚
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      I do hope so, Jen. Thank you.

  • September 23, 2011 Catheryn

    I love this post Alison. Makes me teary (sweet tears) and reminded myself how much my little Belle means to me. Been having lot of lousy and upsetting days lately, coping with the terrible-two phase.

    Thank you
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Sorry you’re having a tough time. Terrible twos are terrible!

  • September 23, 2011 Elaine

    You ARE an amazing mother and so many wonderful things to your sweet boy! I adore all those pictures too. So sweet… πŸ™‚
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Elaine!

  • September 23, 2011 Jessica

    Such a beautiful post, I love it. Going back to read it again. Perfect Alison.
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Jessica, such a huge compliment, coming from you.

  • September 23, 2011 Kristin

    Very sweet post that perfectly sums up motherhood. I love that photo in the top left!
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Kristin!

  • September 23, 2011 Tina

    Oh how sweet! And I love the photos….this was so great!
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Tina!

  • September 23, 2011 Erica

    Aww Alison! What a sweet post…being a Mama is THE hardest thing I’ve ever done but it is al THE best I’ve ever done.
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      It’s the hardest and most rewarding!

  • September 23, 2011 Leslie

    What a sweet note to your little one! It’s amazing how many roles parents take!
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Leslie, there are many more roles I left out πŸ™‚

  • September 23, 2011 -dweej

    So sweet! How lucky we are to be everything to someone… πŸ™‚
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Yes, I feel so fortunate!

  • September 23, 2011 Jamie

    My favorite post of yours to date. Favorite.
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thanks Jamie!

  • September 23, 2011 JamieAnne

    Beautiful! πŸ™‚ Although our children are in very different phases I always enjoy your posts!
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      I’m so glad you liked it!

  • September 23, 2011 Leighann

    This is beautiful
    Such love in this Alison. Wow
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Leighann.

  • September 23, 2011 Stasha

    So sweet, so happy, so full of life. Love this post Alison. The photos are the frosting, for sure.
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Stasha, happy posts are awesome πŸ™‚

  • September 23, 2011 Sarah Kate

    This is so sweet, Alison! I love it when they climb up on you and rest and fall asleep like they did when they were babies! Mine is 9 now, so those moments are few and far between, but I still treasure the memories! The photo collage is beautiful, as well!
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Sarah Kate. I’m cherishing all the moments my little boy is providing now, I know it’d all pass really soon!

  • September 23, 2011 JDaniel4's Mom

    I love your take on this! What a special mom you are!
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    • September 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Deirdre. I do think all moms are special πŸ™‚

  • September 24, 2011 Lady Jennie

    I have tears in my eyes. This is so poetic.
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    • September 24, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Jennie, it means a lot to me coming from you, a brilliant writer!

  • September 24, 2011 Natalie

    Awww that little boy has a great momma!
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    • September 24, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Natalie πŸ™‚

  • September 24, 2011 Julie

    You are so much, and I hope that one day he gets to read this.
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    • September 24, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Julie. I hope so too.

  • September 24, 2011 Ado

    This was simply beautiful!

    • September 24, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thank you dear friend!

  • September 24, 2011 Cheryl

    How lovely this is! I have lived all those moments, and yet reading them through your words makes me a little teary. xo
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    • September 24, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Cheryl!! I know I’ll miss these moments, writing them down keeps them in posterity.

  • September 24, 2011 Katybeth

    Aren’t little boys just grand! What a beautiful post and tribute to your son and motherhood.
    I have a 15 year old now and I can say with complete honesty that mothering just gets better and better. He takes my breath away every single day–especially when he has me in a headlock.

    • September 24, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Katybeth – and hahaha, headlock!! πŸ™‚

  • September 24, 2011 Anastasia

    That was beautiful!
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    • September 24, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Anastasia!

  • September 24, 2011 Jen Has A Pen

    I love all your posts about Monkey. You write about him with such awe and appreciation and I always find my head cocked to the side with a grin on my face when I read. πŸ™‚
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    • September 24, 2011 Alison

      I am in constant awe of him πŸ™‚

  • September 25, 2011 julie gardner

    Okay – I’m SO late to this party.
    But this is just gorgeous.

    And now I’m going to go get myself pregnant again.
    (Not really. But I want to .)

    XO
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    • September 25, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Julie. Getting comments from you always make my day.

  • September 25, 2011 angela

    You are also the cause of exploding hearts with the sweetness and utter truth of this post. You are such a good mom πŸ™‚

    • September 25, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thank you Angela. I try. πŸ™‚

  • September 25, 2011 Christine

    Your love for him is palpable. He’s such a lucky little boy. Beautiful post.
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    • September 25, 2011 Alison

      I’m the lucky one πŸ™‚

  • September 25, 2011 Trish

    This is BRILLIANT! Poignant, real and beautiful. Amazing writing.

    I’m gonna go cry for a few minutes now.

    Trish in AZ
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    • September 25, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Trish, such kind words.

  • September 25, 2011 Susan

    I totally forgot to link up this week – so love reading everyone’s fave’s of the week. Love this post – so true. Your little guy is adorable.
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    • September 25, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Susan.

  • September 25, 2011 Ixy

    What a beautiful tribute to a mother’s love πŸ™‚
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    • September 25, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Ixy πŸ™‚

  • September 26, 2011 Dana K

    I love this, Alison! This is so true and very touching. You need to print this out & hide it somewhere your son will find it when he’s much older and needs a little reminder of what Mamas are.
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    • September 26, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Dana! I think I’ll print it out, frame it and hang it in his bedroom πŸ™‚

  • September 30, 2011 Amber

    This was beautiful, Alison.

    • October 1, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Amber.

  • October 1, 2011 Jessica

    We are all of these things and so much more as mothers.
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    • October 1, 2011 Alison

      Yes, yes we are.

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