Memories Captured – June Link Up!

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Motherhood is the hard and the easy.

It’s joy and sadness.

It’s up and down.

It’s fast and slow.

It’s big and small.

It’s gut wrenching and heart lifting.

You are nearly 2 1/2.

This picture captures the essence of you now.

Teetering on the edge of boyhood, the last vestiges of baby fat leaving your body, except for your cheeks.

You know so much. Yet, so little.

You’re so big. Yet, so small.

You make me so proud. Yet, infuriate me.

You make me laugh. Yet, sometimes I cry.

I haven’t figured you out.

I don’t know if I ever will.

And it’s alright.

Because motherhood IS this.

Figuring things out. Figuring you out.

I’ll take it all – the hard and the easy; the joy and the sadness; the ups and the downs; the fast and the slow; the big and the small; the gut wrenching and the heart lifting.

It’s your turn. What memory did you capture this month?

Galit and I look forward to seeing what you’re sharing with us! Grab a button from the sidebar and link up now between June 18 -22!

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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 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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  • June 18, 2012 Galit Breen

    Oh you, yes this. Motherhood is exactly this.

    (And you? Are rocking it!)

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    • June 18, 2012 Alison

      Oh I hope so!! xo

  • June 18, 2012 Christine

    Love this. My youngest is the same age and it’s just full on contradictions. That is what motherhood is about, right?
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    • June 18, 2012 Alison

      It is! And much more.

  • June 18, 2012 Sandra

    Motherhood is exactly those extreme opposites AND everything in between! Well said, and that’s a beautiful picture of your toddler son. =)
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    • June 18, 2012 Alison

      Yes, it’s a real wild ride this motherhood thing! And thank you.

  • June 18, 2012 Kerstin

    Well said – and there is no doubt in my mind that you got it all covered!

    • June 18, 2012 Alison

      Oh I hope so Kerstin. 🙂

  • June 18, 2012 Mark

    Yep, boys will do that to ya! And John is working every nerve I have. I hope I survive raising him!
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    • June 18, 2012 Alison

      Mark, you’re back!! You’ll survive, you’re a great dad. 🙂

  • Change boy for girl and you have my life story. Beautifully written as always.
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    • June 18, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Tinne. They’re trying to kill us, these kids, aren’t they? 🙂

  • June 18, 2012 Barbara

    That quote is perfect for little boys. I refuse to admit that my oldest is growing up.
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    • June 18, 2012 Alison

      They grow up so quickly, sigh.

  • June 18, 2012 Natalie

    That is an awesome quote…and is spot on! Yes these boys….give us a run for our money!
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    • June 18, 2012 Alison

      They sure do!!

  • June 18, 2012 Elaine

    This is SO true. I guess it’s because we love them SO much that they can do all those things to us.

    Such a cutie, Alison!!
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    • June 19, 2012 Alison

      If there wasn’t love, I’d be INSANE by now 🙂

  • June 18, 2012 Janene

    I have 2 and 1/2 year old twin boys . . . the teetering thing I TOTALLY get! DH and I were just talking about how the “older” twin is getting kind of lanky. Which makes me sad because he was so chubby as a baby. 🙁

    Wonderful pic and beautiful quote!
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    • June 19, 2012 Alison

      It’s like they get lanky overnight, right? Sigh.

      And thank you Janene!

  • June 18, 2012 Kristen

    Monkey looks so grown up in this photo and that hair…I love it! You couldn’t have picked a better quote to go along with your photo and I’m pretty sure the same goes for girls. I am still trying to figure mine out every single day! 🙂
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    • June 19, 2012 Alison

      Y’know, I think girls are harder to figure out! 🙂

  • June 18, 2012 SouthMainMuse

    What a great photo of your son…and the quote by Thurber. He’s my favorite. Your words capture the spirit of being a mother.
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    • June 19, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much!

  • June 18, 2012 Jaime

    I miss the baby fat on my girl. Time goes by way to quickly when our kids are little. Why did that same period of time feel so long when I was little?
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    • June 19, 2012 Alison

      We couldn’t wait to grow up when we were little right??? Now we know how our parents feel 🙂

  • June 19, 2012 Life As Wife

    I can’t wait to link up this week!

    Thanks for the smiles this morning!
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    • June 19, 2012 Alison

      Thank you for linking up Sam!

  • June 19, 2012 Katie

    I know this SO well right now. Eddie will be 3 on Saturday. I have said over and over that this is the year my Baby Eddie went away. He is truly a Big Boy now. Sigh.
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    • June 19, 2012 Alison


      I might bawl when Monkey turns 3 in December.

  • June 19, 2012 Julia

    You sum up what it’s like to have a toddler so well. I love the quote on the picture, it’s totally appropriate.
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    • June 19, 2012 Alison

      I saw that quote and thought that Thurber wrote that just for my son! 🙂

  • June 19, 2012 Susi

    He is just so adorable. I love his eyes and the expression on his face. This age is wonderful and tough at the same time. Just as you described!!!

    • June 19, 2012 Alison

      Yes, wonderful and tough! And thank you.

  • June 19, 2012 Leslie

    Great quote and adorable picture! I can’t wait to link up!
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    • June 19, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Leslie! Can’t wait to see what you’ve got!

  • June 19, 2012 Missy

    What a good picture of him!
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    • June 19, 2012 Alison

      My sister took that with her fancy DSLR 🙂

  • June 19, 2012 Heather

    So beautiful and so true. All of it.

    • June 19, 2012 Alison

      Thank you, Heather.

  • June 19, 2012 Jester QUeen

    I just love that wide open look on his face. Like the world could throw him anything, and he’d still be prepared.
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    • June 19, 2012 Alison

      I certainly hope that will be true 🙂

  • June 19, 2012 Lady Jennie

    I love the words in this – I love the quote too.

    I find myself trying to figure out my six-year old son a lot these days. He is an enigma to me. But I’ll get it – I’m his maman.
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    • June 19, 2012 Alison

      Yes, that’s what I keep telling myself – I will figure him out somehow, some day, because I’m his Mama.

  • June 19, 2012 Blond Duck

    You make motherhood not as terrifying!
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    • June 20, 2012 Alison

      Glad to help 🙂

  • June 19, 2012 Kimberly

    Yes, this. It’s so many feelings and emotions wrapped into one. You captured that perfectly.
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    • June 20, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Kimsley!

  • June 19, 2012 Kimberly

    He learns you and you learn him…and all that’s in between. And I think that we learn so much about ourselves in the process. Motherhood is sure frustrating as all hell but it is so rewarding too.
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    • June 20, 2012 Alison

      Oh I like that – learning each other.

  • June 19, 2012 AnnMarie

    “Figuring it out”…my oldest is 14 and my youngest is 2 and yes, this hit the nail on the head. Some days it is fun but others it is downright exhausting trying to figure them out. This is a gorgeous picture of Monkey and you, my friend are a wonderful mother!
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    • June 20, 2012 Alison

      Thank you AnnMarie! It IS exhausting, but worthwhile.

      (my sister took this picture!)

  • June 19, 2012 Adrienne

    He’s so precious! What a beautiful post, Allison. Motherhood is one big giant emotional contradiction. I love that quote too!

    • June 20, 2012 Alison

      Oh yes, one big emotional contradiction. Yes, that.

  • June 19, 2012 Julia

    Oh I am all teary over here, because you have exactly captured your little one and mine in this beautiful post. This is such a hard age; and this letting go of baby for boy is such an emotional transition. Beautiful.
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    • June 20, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Julia. It is a hard age isn’t it? The push and pull of mothering is strong here.

  • June 19, 2012 Emmy

    Love that quote about boys! And yes in motherhood as soon as you think you are getting it figured out everything changes and leaves you wondering again. Beautiful picture and post
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    • June 20, 2012 Alison

      Motherhood is just insane in a good way, yes? 🙂

  • June 19, 2012 Kristin

    He looks like such a little boy now!

    “You make me proud. Yet, infuriate me. You make me laugh. Yet, sometimes cry.”

    Oh, yes. I am fully aware of this paradox.

    Great post, Alison.
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    • June 20, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Kristin.

      I think this paradox will be around for a while. Maybe forever.

  • June 19, 2012 Robin

    I wish I could get to the point of accepting it all – the good and the bad – but I love how you have.
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    • June 20, 2012 Alison

      There are days of non-acceptance, believe me. 🙂

  • June 20, 2012 Saimi

    Oh how I LOVE this post!! I’m the mother of three boys..or should I say men being how they’re all in their 20’s now.

    There’s just something about boys that captures my heart and the picture of your son say’s it perfectly!

    • June 20, 2012 Alison

      Fellow boy mom! And thank you Saimi.

  • June 20, 2012 Erin

    This is so beautiful and your little one is just ADORABLE! You are absolutely correct, motherhood is hard and easy. It’s so easy to love them, but so hard to understand them!
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    • June 20, 2012 Alison

      Hah yes, that! And thank you.

  • June 20, 2012 Kir

    that is beautiful, this post is so gorgeous, the pictures, the words, the feelings, the essence of him right now.

    OH ALISON…*LOVE* is not enough of a word for this. xoxo
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    • June 20, 2012 Alison

      Oh Kir, you’re too kind, too generous with your words and support. Thank you. xo

  • June 20, 2012 Jessica

    Even though I almost cried, I love this, Alison. It’s amazing how toddlerhood goes so quickly into boyhood/girlhood. It’s amazing and sad all at once.
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    • June 20, 2012 Alison

      It is!!

  • June 20, 2012 Mindi

    First time linking up. Came stumbled on your page through twitter. Yes I can totally relate to this entire post. My sons are 3 years and 14 months. Boys are crazy hard and fun.

    • June 20, 2012 Alison

      Yes, crazy hard AND fun! Thank you for linking up Mindi.

  • June 20, 2012 Carolyn

    This was great. And well-said.
    I’m not sure I’ll ever figure out my daughters completely, but I guess that’s what make them, them!
    I think Monkey looks like you.

    • June 20, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Carolyn. I think girls are harder to figure out 🙂

  • June 20, 2012 Jessica

    So much figuring out we have to do but it’s worth it and usually fun.
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    • June 20, 2012 Alison

      Yes, absolutely worth it.

  • June 20, 2012 Ashley {

    Oh this is so well said. My kids are always a bit of a mystery, and I”m not sure I’ll ever figure it all out- but I guess that’s half the fun, right?
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    • June 20, 2012 Alison

      Yes, that’s right!!

  • June 20, 2012 nellie A. (

    Yes and yes. My boys are my every-thing! They are so awesome, and toddler stages are incredible because their personalities are there shining through.
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    • June 20, 2012 Alison

      The toddler stage is amazing, crazy, challenging, tough and yes, incredible.

  • June 20, 2012 Natalie

    Love this. I know those feelings.
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    • June 20, 2012 Alison

      Oh I know you do! 🙂

  • June 20, 2012 Autumn

    I LOVE this! You are absolutely adorable (and so are your boys!) 😀 I couldn’t imagine anyone explaining motherhood better than this.

    • June 20, 2012 Alison

      Thank you, Autumn!

  • June 20, 2012 Stasha

    What a wonderful post. You are such a great writer. I always nod when I read your posts.
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    • June 20, 2012 Alison

      You’re lovely Stasha. Thank you for your kind words.

  • June 20, 2012 Heather's Happenings

    This was beautiful!
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    • June 21, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Heather!

  • June 21, 2012 Just Jennifer

    Alison, I really love the photos and words you choose for memories captured. This month is no exception!
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    • June 21, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks Jennifer!

  • June 21, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    Beautiful capture of your son. He’s getting so darn big.
    P.S. I don’t think I’ll ever figure my boys out either 😉
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    • June 21, 2012 Alison

      I guess they’re meant to be enigmas!

  • June 22, 2012 Katie E

    He’s seriously beautiful, Alison. (I’m assuming you don’t mind me saying your boy is beautiful – I think mine is beautiful, too.) And I love the quote – I’m still figuring out what boys are like – and it’s weird to me that they are clearly so different from girls, even at young ages.
    Katie E recently wrote…Memories Captured: 18 Months OldMy Profile

    • June 22, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Katie! (and no I don’t mind) I don’t have girls but I do have a niece, and you’re right, they are vastly different, even at a very young age.

  • June 22, 2012 Andrea

    Love this. So beautiful & captured what motherhood is like. This is such a great age & I am holding on to it for as long as I can!

    • June 22, 2012 Alison

      It’s a great AND challenging age!

  • June 22, 2012 Janice

    Just beautiful! THIS is absolutely frame worthy. You really ought to. And that quote is just so perfect for Monkey’s facial expression! Love it.
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    • June 22, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Janice! I might just get it framed!

  • June 22, 2012 Amy

    Beautiful Alison, simply beautiful! My oldest just turned 3 and I’m amazed at the big vs small, toddler vs preschooler, little kid vs big kid phenomenon as well. How did they get so far away from babyhood all of a sudden?! Thanks for a lovely Memories Captured!
    Amy recently wrote…Memories Captured: SisterhoodMy Profile

    • June 22, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Amy! Oh I don’t know how time flies so fast!

  • June 23, 2012 Melanie

    Beautiful picture of your little man. He is so handsome and he is getting so big. Wow!

    So true – motherhood is the hard and the easy. Your words resonate with me because I’m living them too.
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    • June 23, 2012 Alison

      It’s a terrific and terrible age isn’t it, two? 🙂

  • June 23, 2012 Tonya

    Yes, this is motherhood. You nailed it!

    Beautiful words, beautiful photo, beautiful you.
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    • June 23, 2012 Alison

      Thank you, my beautiful friend 🙂

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