He Lifts Me Up

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Do you know those mornings where you wake up and you just feel…. meh?

I had one of those mornings recently. I was feeling fatigued, heavy in the mind and body and I had the task of taking the toddler to his gym class by myself, unlike previous weeks where his father could come along.

I wasn’t feeling confident that he would behave. That I could do all the physical lifting that’s required in the class.

I did not want to go. Waaaaaaah.

I just wanted to crawl back into bed and stay there.

I was a bad mother that morning, those 2 hours between waking up and going out. I was short with my son. I was impatient and irritable.

And I did not know why.

We trooped out. Monkey sang along to his CD of songs in the car, while I drove the short distance to the mall where the gym was.

He giggled and said thank you when I helped him out of his car seat.

My trepidation rose as we approached the gym. Monkey covered his face, rubbed his eyes – his defense mechanism. And I could feel myself tense.

Shoes off, bag down. Circle time, here we come.

Monkey sat on my lap, looking around, unsure.

Two minutes in, he stood up and tugged at my hand.

He wanted to go to the gym equipment and so we went.

And my son lifted me up then.

He played. He explored. He tried the balance beam all by himself. He laughed. He hugged. He clapped. He cheered.

45 minutes whizzed by. Time to go, and a cheerful, “Bye bye!”

As is our custom, we went to a nearby cafe for brunch.

And he lifted me up again.

He sat on my lap, chuckling and speaking softly, quietly waiting for our food and drinks.

Finished, we stood up to go and I practically skipped to the car, my heart was so light.

Nap time, we cuddled together tight on his single bed.

And he said, Mama, Mama. I said, hey buddy, kiss?

And he did. He kissed me on my cheek. I giggled. And it was a blur of kisses and giggles and cuddles.

And I felt complete and light and sad at the same time, because I know that these moments are fleeting and the growing up never stops, and the occasional heaviness I feel robs me of what little time we have on this Earth to just be kisses and giggles and cuddles.

But on this day, my son lifted me up.

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Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).
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  • March 27, 2012 Not a Perfect Mom

    love!
    I too have those days…
    and how quickly the munchkins can turn my mood around…
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank goodness for our munchkins.

  • March 27, 2012 Missy

    Such a gift, these kids! I’ve had days like that, and I’m humbled every time my kids forgive me and do not pass judgement on my cranky, meh mood.

    Love that your day turned around thanks to a happy, little guy!
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Kid are so forgiving, we could really take a leaf out of their book. I love that my little guy is a happy dude, he needs to balance his mother out 🙂

  • March 27, 2012 Robin

    I love those days. They’re especially nice when they’re unexpected and I do so much better at appreciating them.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      I wish those days upon you, Robin. You deserve them 🙂

  • March 27, 2012 Anna

    That is absolutely beautiful. I miss the days when they are little and you can have those wonderfully close moments. Mine are growing up too fast!
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      I do hope that even as he grows up, he’ll still give me those moments – tell me it’s possible!

  • March 27, 2012 Ann

    That was the nicest post. Thank you for sharing such a lovely moment, Alison. It was so beautifully written I could see Monkey being such a good boy. Hugs to you!
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Ann! Hugs back from Monkey and I!

  • March 27, 2012 Susie Newday

    The unconditional love we get from our kids especially when they are young is amazing and something we should try to imitate and integrate into our every day lives.

    It makes us feel great as well.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Susie, you’re absolutely right. We should aim to be the lifter, not always the lifted.

  • March 27, 2012 Jessica

    Ah. Those are the most fabulous parenting moments. When they love us so much to barely notice our crabbiness, and just envelop us in kisses and giggles and enthusiasm for life. You described it perfectly.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jessica. I’m pretty lucky 🙂

  • March 27, 2012 tara pohlkotte

    love these moments… beautifully captured.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Tara!

  • March 27, 2012 JDaniel4's Mom

    It sounds like the day turned around and was one to remember. How wonderful!
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      It definitely turned around!

  • March 27, 2012 tracy

    This is why you need to go for that third kid – you don’t feel obligated to even sign-up for these kinds of classes anymore. Truly a win/win. xoxo
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      If you promise to move next door to me, I’ll go for the 3rd kid.

  • March 27, 2012 Jessica

    I truly believe that are children are sense our moods and that they care, like really care, that we are happy, OK, and feeling loved. You’re not a bad mom when you’re having a tough time with the hard parts of being a mom, you’re doing your best. You’re human.

    You were open to being happy and in the end you chose happy. And that’s what matters most and that’s what your little guy will remember. That’s what you will remember 10 years from now.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      You’re right – I do believe our kids can pick up on our mood and vibes. I did feel that he was doing his best to look after me, which I know may sound silly to others, but I do believe it.

      I want him to remember good times with his Mama, yes, definitely.

  • March 27, 2012 Julia

    I think we all have those kinds of days, I know I do. You captured what it’s like so well, those moments when kids can drag you out of the sad and make you really appreciate the day. : )
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      I like that term – dragging us out of the sad. Yes, that.

  • March 27, 2012 Ado

    I’ve got that Josh Grobin song in my head as I read this. (-:
    What a sweetie.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Hah! I totally had the song in my head all the time after I wrote this post.

  • March 27, 2012 Mirjam

    Oh, kids can do that, make your day turn around just be being who they are!
    I’m ashamed to admit that sometimes, when I felt like that I wouldn’t go. I would trick my toddler that it wasn’t Wednesday and stayed at home..
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Haha, I don’t think Monkey would have realized either way whether we went or not. But I’m glad I did, because I now know that I can handle taking him there on my own. And that he will behave for me.

  • March 27, 2012 Missy Olive

    Wow! that is awesome. I’m finding these days that the children lift me up on a regular basis. Thanks for sharing this.

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you for reading!

  • March 27, 2012 Mamamzungu

    OH I simply love that children can do this to us – lift us up. And it seems to be it happens just when we need it most, they give us a boost! And it makes all the difficult times somehow more manageable.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      They just have really good timing, these kids 🙂

  • A hug or an unexpected ‘I love you mommy’ from my children that is really all I need to get back on my feet after a though day.

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      I love those hugs. LOVE.

  • March 27, 2012 Trish

    Awww. I was already sniffing because our pollen counts are horrendous, but now I have a sweeter reason. This is just lovely.

    Maybe you taught your little monkey an unexpected lesson: that Mommies can feel down, too, and that he has the power to make a person feel better. That’s a pretty powerful lesson to learn.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Trish, I do hope that he did pick that up. Even at his age.

      (sorry about the allergies!)

  • March 27, 2012 Danielle

    I loved this! Made me want to go hug my boys! They can be so challenging but then it only takes one moment of cuteness to remind me why I do it =)
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Those moments make the hard, easy. 🙂

  • March 27, 2012 Amanda

    I so love this post! Thank goodness there are moments like this. Sometimes they don’t feel like they come often enough so stay totally sane but are worth the trouble right?! I really like that you described it as “heaviness” because that is what it feels like. Almost like having a heavy heart but really I think it is just the heaviness of life weighing us down. Children have a way of reversing that when they want to. Enjoy the quiet moments 😉

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Amanda! Yes, the heaviness is just as you describe it. And kids have such power to make things a lot lighter.

  • March 27, 2012 KalleyC

    Those days are hard, I think we all have them. But kids, they just know what to do to bring us out of that funk. Glad your son was able to lift you up. With another one on the way, these moments with your son will be so precious.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Yes, absolutely. I’m taking it all in while we still have exclusive one-on-one time.

  • March 27, 2012 Jess

    Kids are special in their power to lift us up like that.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      They do. And may they continue to do so!

  • March 28, 2012 Christine

    Those days when they exceed expectations, when they are more fun than work are so great. You capture so nicely also how those days are laced with a bittersweet feeling because you understand that this means they are growing up. Which is both great and sad. My daughter just reached a point where she is really really fun to be with and I finally understand what parents mean when they say they wish they could freeze time.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Oh to freeze time. I look back constantly on photos and videos of when he was a baby, and then as an almost-toddler and now, and always, a bittersweet feeling envelops me. But such is parenting, isn’t it?

  • March 28, 2012 Kate

    It seems on days I am at my worst… my children are at their BEST! It’s like they can sense when we just don’t have much left in the tank & then they fill it up again!
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Yes, exactly like that!

  • March 28, 2012 Natalie

    They are always throwing us curve balls. What a sweet boy…enjoy these moments mama!
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Believe me, I so am 🙂

  • March 28, 2012 Kir

    oh Monkey, thank you for making your mommy feel so loved, thank you for behaving and knowing that she needed YOU this time instead of the other way around.

    Alison, because of the Fibro many, many Saturdays start like this for me….where I am just incapable of the “Stuff” I need to do and like Monkey did for you, my sons find a way to push me out of bed, they find a way to plant a kiss on me in the right spot so it hits my hairline and my heart.

    THANK you for sharing it with us. It was LOVE in its highest form. xxooxo
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      We hit the jackpot with our boys, didn’t we? 🙂

      And yes, love in the highest form. Absolutely.

  • March 28, 2012 Jaime

    Those days are the best. I love when my daughter makes me feel new and fresh when I’m feeling low.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Yes, it’s a sense of renewal, definitely.

  • March 28, 2012 Alexis

    Lovely story. And it’s such a gift when those days come. I’m naturally slow in the morning (my body clock would be much happier partying all night then waking up at 6:00 am) so my kids pretty much have to giggle me out of myself most every morning 😉
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      That’s adorable – giggling you out of bed 🙂

  • March 28, 2012 Kimberly

    I love those unexpected moments and days like that. They usually happen when I need them most, but am expecting the worst. Kids certainly have a special way of lifting us up.

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      May we both have many more such moments!!

  • March 28, 2012 Bonnie Way

    Aw, that’s beautiful! I’ve had those days too. Who hasn’t? And the best thing is that our children can forget our grumpiness so quickly and be ready to kiss and play and make our day. 🙂
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      They really are very forgiving, aren’t they?

  • Kids are amazing. I’m constantly in awe of their ability to forgive and not hold a grudge when I’m an absolute bear. I suppose I could learn a few things . . .
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      I think we as mothers, definitely have a lot to learn from our kids 🙂

  • March 28, 2012 Miranda

    So sweet! I love when kids surprise you in a good way.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Me too! We need more days like those for sure 🙂

  • March 28, 2012 Andi Brown

    I really love your writing, you speak to the fears, frustrations and realities that us moms face everyday. I feel like you get me. And you always make me stop, regroup and just love my little ones.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Andi, that is such a nice, generous thing to say. Thank you so much.

  • March 28, 2012 christina

    absolutely perfect. he sounds like such a doll.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Oh he absolutely is. But I could be biased, hehe.

  • March 28, 2012 Julia

    So, so sweet. That is all. 🙂
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks Julia. xo

  • So sweet. I love the snippets of time you preserve on your blog. Because they just won’t stop growing. 🙂 Ellen
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      You know, this is why I will continue to blog!

  • March 28, 2012 David Wiley

    What a positively touching story you just shared. It is amazing what our little ones can do to lift us up and change our entire day. There is something about their enthusiasm and free-spirited playing that is contageous.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you David!

  • March 28, 2012 Kate F.

    Oh, time flies WAY too fast. I am working hard at enjoying the present… but it is occassionally easier said then done.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      I know, it is!! At least we’re trying, right?

  • March 28, 2012 nikky44

    Every time i read your blog i promise myself to spend some more time with my children!! Thank you !
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Nikky. It means so much to me that my writing touches you.

  • March 28, 2012 Delilah

    That was beautiful Alison. I’ve had too many of those heavy days myself.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Delilah. May your days be lighter. xo

  • March 28, 2012 Julie

    I say all the time that my kid saved me. We’re lucky to have our monkeys, that’s for sure.

    On another note, I really admire the vulnerability in your writing since you’ve been carrying this new lil’ guy. I may have said that before, but my brain, it doesn’t work like it used to.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Oh yes, he’s definitely saved my life, in so many ways.

      And thank you! Pregnancy hormones really bring out a side of us we didn’t expect, doesn’t it?

  • March 28, 2012 Mayor Gia

    Awww, very sweet. You have such a strong connection with your baby.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      I do and I love it!

  • March 28, 2012 KLZ

    They’re pretty good, aren’t they? I’m so glad we have them.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Oh yes, so very glad.

  • March 28, 2012 Michelle Longo

    I love this. I love those moments where you just SEE how wonderful your child really is. Even though you know it all the time in your heart but some days it’s just harder to see for whatever reason.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Yes, exactly!! We really need to see them as they are more often, shouldn’t we?

  • March 28, 2012 Kristen

    Oh my goodness! What our kids can do to us without us saying a word. There is a connection that can never be broken. It is heart to heart strong!
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Oh I love that phrase – heart to heart strong!

  • March 28, 2012 Natalie

    That sounds like a wonderful morning for the two of you. I’m so glad. I know how hard it is to be patent and cheerful when you are pregnant, how tired and pulled upon you can feel. Enjoy these times!

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      I am. It’s also bittersweet because out exclusive one-on-one time is coming to an end. *sniff*

  • It’s amazing sometimes how much our children can teach us. That always sounded silly to me before I had kids, but it really does ring true. What an amazing day, and a perfect memory! <3
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      It was just that – perfect. 🙂

  • March 28, 2012 Greta

    It’s those days, when I have the worst expectations of how things will go, that my kids surprise me. This is awfully sweet, Alison.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thank you Greta.

  • March 28, 2012 Practical Parenting

    Beautiful! I love those days with my boy 🙂
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Yay for those days!

  • March 28, 2012 jamie

    Awww… such a wonderful post. It makes motherhood beautiful 🙂
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  • March 28, 2012 Janice

    That’s what our kids do. They make us better. Heaven knows mine have brought out the best in me–I don’t even know who or what I would be without them.

    Great post and thanks for sharing.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Janice. I do believe I’m a better person because of my son.

  • March 28, 2012 My Inner Chick

    –You. Lift. Me. Up. Mama.

    What an enlightening, beautiful post.

    Xx Kisses from MN.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Hugs and kisses from Monkey and I!!

  • March 28, 2012 Susi

    Sometimes live just seems to get the better of us. It’s in those moments that our little ones have a habit of reminding us what’s important and why we do what we do!!! 🙂
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Yes, exactly that, Susi!

  • March 28, 2012 angela

    I just love when they have the ability to do that. It is so humbling as a parent.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      It is truly humbling.

  • March 28, 2012 Jessica

    Love this, there are many days that my kids pull me out of bed and keep me going. And now that Josh Groban song is in my head.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Haha! I STILL have the song in my head 🙂

  • March 28, 2012 Kristen

    You do such a great job here of capturing one of the ordinary/extraordinary moments of life with a toddler. And goodness knows we sometimes need them to pick us up as often as they need us to pick them up. Thanks for sharing your special moment with us.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you for reading, Kristen. And you’re right, we need them to lift us as much as we do, them.

  • March 28, 2012 Lady Jennie

    Love it, move it/ This lifts me up too!

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Jennie, I’m so glad!

  • March 28, 2012 julie gardner

    Can you HEAR me smiling all the way from California?

    Because I am.

    Loudly.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Can you feel me hugging you all the way from Malaysia?

      Because I am.

      Hard.

  • March 28, 2012 Sperk* (Kimberly S.)

    This is well done. You capture this feeling, regretful yet hopeful, so well. I can relate and have had many moments pass by as I pout, am grumpy, or pretty much want to be in bed. But, we are human. And we are blessed to have our children who remind us how to live in the moment.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Kimberly! And yes, we are blessed indeed.

  • March 29, 2012 Katie E

    Love it, Alison. And it’s wonderful to at least recognize those moments and what’s happening. I had a really long stressful day yesterday, and I know I wasn’t as present with my family as I should have been in the evening. I just wanted to be done with the day and relax without being bothered for a bit. But I felt bad about it. And then I was annoyed when we went up to bed because the baby woke up for some reason. My husband brought him into our bed, and he cuddled with me right away and wrapped his arm around my neck for a close cuddle for the first time ever, and it just felt perfect. I felt loved and needed – and relaxed. So I gave in and went to sleep with him 🙂
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Sometimes, we just have to give in. Those are the best, unexpected moments. 🙂

  • March 29, 2012 Heather

    Isn’t it wonderful how toddlers have that incredible ability to make everything better? Beautiful post.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Heather!

  • March 29, 2012 sarah

    what a lovely post! I love those times too when my kids uplift me. It’s just the best when it’s unexpected. Your son sounds like such a sweetie.

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Oh he is, he is. 🙂

  • March 29, 2012 Missy

    What a great moment for you both!
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  • March 29, 2012 Kelley

    That is so sweet! You are right in that there is only a little time on Earth for giggles & cuddles like that. So happy you don’t have to miss them!
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      I’m very lucky I get to be there for all those moments. 🙂

  • March 29, 2012 Reading (and chickens)

    Aww, totally lovely moment of motherhood.

  • March 29, 2012 Leslie

    I can’t imagine going to toddler gym by myself these days, much less as far along as you are! So happy that you were able to turn a grumpy morning into a fantastic day! (Plus…yay that Monkey’s starting to join in and have fun!)
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Yes, he’s starting to like gym class, yay! I actually don’t mind going with him after that session, and I consider it my workout 🙂

  • March 29, 2012 Just Jennifer

    Completely LOVE this! So sweet.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jen! It was a sweet moment.

  • March 29, 2012 Jessica

    I love this, so sweet! One day, my son told me he didn’t want me to be mad at him because I was his best friend. I felt so bad. If only they knew how much they lift their mamas up.

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Aw, what a sweet, sweet thing to say!

  • March 29, 2012 Susan

    oh, YAY for this, i feel the same way SO often (and i’m not pregnant, either!). i love the closeness you share with your son and those fleeting moments and memories… ahhhh. thank you!
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank YOU for reading! I love that we’re close, that’s my privilege and blessing to be a SAHM by choice.

  • March 29, 2012 Robbie

    so sweet….we all need a lift sometimes!
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  • March 29, 2012 Galit Breen

    What an absolutely lovely lift. Lovely.
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  • March 29, 2012 Kim Pugliano

    Oh Alison BEAUTIFUL!!! So well-written. And yes, our babies are amazing. He’ll continue to do that, you know. Even when he’s old enough to not want a kiss goodbye in front of the school he’ll surprise you.

    And lift you up.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Oh Kim, I sure hope so, I would hate for those moments to end just because they’re big boys 🙂

  • March 29, 2012 Kimberly

    My son saves me every single day.
    Beautiful alison.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank goodness for our boys. xo

  • March 29, 2012 Aubrey Anne

    STOP MAKING ME CRY!!!! No, but seriously, this was beautiful. I’m going to get off the computer now and go cuddle.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      I love that my words make you feel that, seriously. Thank you.

  • March 30, 2012 Kristin

    Thank you for reminding me that the moments we are lifted are worth so much more than those in which we are held down. Gorgeous story!
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      You summed it up so succinctly – thank you!

  • March 30, 2012 Jackie

    It’s like they have that sense, right? Knowing when we need those extra bits to get us going, to get us up and happy. Sounds like Monkey was exactly what you needed.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      He is, every day, he is.

  • March 30, 2012 Sarcasm Goddess

    Don’t feel guilty for feeling the way you did when you woke up. You’re human. We all have days like that. And you’re a GREAT mom! I’m glad your monkey lifted you up and you ended up having a good day. 🙂
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you my friend!

  • March 30, 2012 deborah l quinn

    and THAT is why we have more than one kid, right there. because those days are so lovely and amazing, we think…yeah, another one will be great.
    and it is, because then when #1 can’t do the spiritual lifting, #2 (or 3 or 4 or…) can.
    lovely.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Haha, yes, that’s right Deborah!! I think for now, I’ll stop at #2 🙂

  • March 30, 2012 Shell

    What sweet moments!

    My kids can drag me out of a funk easier than anything else.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Your kids are adorable, that’s no surprise 🙂

  • I love days like that. They start out awful and those little Dudes brighten it so quickly and effortlessly.

    Perhaps if he had better music to listen, he would have cheered you up sooner 😉
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Haha yes! Playing “Down by the Station” on repeat is driving me nuts anyway 🙂

  • March 30, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    Yes…this is perfect. I have had many of these mornings/afternoons/evenings like these.
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Our children really do save us, don’t they?

  • April 2, 2012 francerants

    Oh so sweet. Loved that story. Savor it yes, because it is fleeting. On the other hand, you soon will have another little one who lift you up in a different way, and that is comforting too.
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  • April 3, 2012 Tonya

    Our children are everything!

    Best line (and saddest too?): “…these moments are fleeting and the growing up never stops, and the occasional heaviness I feel robs me of what little time we have on this Earth to just be kisses and giggles and cuddles.”

    There is nothing better than kisses, giggles and cuddles.
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