Off He Goes

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Every time I sit down to write about my youngest, I fail. 

When I want to tell you about the newest milestone, he goes off and does something completely new, and I’m left in his dust (and scrambling for words).

Toddler walking

This season of our lives is whizzing by us. He is in such a hurry to do all the things. This is the boy who rolled over at 3 months, crawled at 5 1/2 months, pulled up to standing at 7 months, cruising shortly after, walking by 1 year. He has a smattering of words that we understand (car, ball, balloon, shoes, Papa, Mama) and talks in full baby/ toddler sentences, that we have yet to decipher.

He makes it known to us what he wants – be it milk, food, the remote control car, to be picked up.

Also, don’t take him window shopping. Can you imagine what it’d be like when he can say, “I want…”? Oh. My.

Toddler window shopping

He’s a cuddler, snuggler, hugger, and lap hoarder.

He laughs at the silliest, smallest things. He also cries at the tiniest of infractions (dear lord, please don’t even think about taking food away from him).

He loves to be dangled upside down, bounced and thrown into the air. 

He’s a sharer, always handing me half of whatever he’s eating (sometimes, already chewed, eww).

Toddler eating

I took this with my DSLR, as part of my ongoing online photography course with Gina Kleinworth.

He’s growing up, so, so quickly .So instead of desperately trying to take another picture, or write another blog post, I live in those fleeting moments. Watching little legs take off, with a wave of his hand, and maybe a glance back if I’m lucky.

And look, off he goes again, each step closer to independence and being his own person, and further away from the Scrumplet-shaped hole he’s carved into my life. 

Taken any photos lately with your iPhone or Android, and dropped them into a blog post? (The first two pictures here were taken with my really old, crappy Android).  Then link up with Greta of GFunkified for her weekly #IPPP.

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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  • July 24, 2013 Naomi

    Yes Alison, I totally agree that they grow up so quickly. The two of mine seem to amaze me all the time. It’s a pleasure to share the experience with others. Being a mother is terrific and as you know can be quite challenging at times.
    Let’s enjoy them to the fullest..:)
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      Enjoying them to the fullest is absolutely the goal here. πŸ™‚

  • July 24, 2013 karen

    they grow and develop too fast. You are so right about blogging about an accomplishment and by the time you post they’re off to accomplishing something else. They are just so amazing…an what a cutie he is…
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      They are too quick for us old slowpokes πŸ™‚

  • July 24, 2013 Katie E

    Walking! So much fun. And talking too? I’m so happy he’s just cruising through those milestones and keeping you on your toes πŸ™‚ Does your oldest like talking to him and playing with him? My girls had a similar age difference and they really had fun together at that time.
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      The relationship between the two is the most beautiful and frustrating at the same time. The big one does play with him. Sometimes. He talks to him. Sometimes. He also pushes him over, snatches toys away, but then gives big hugs and saying ‘love’.

      I guess that’s typical sibling love, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

  • July 24, 2013 Catherine

    He is gorgeous. I miss those years, because when they grow up the cuddles are non-existence, so are the kisses, but every once in a while you get that hug that just melts your heart away.
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      I know when they’re older, they won’t want to cuddle/ hug/ kiss, so I’m definitely soaking it all in now.

  • I regularly tell my kids to stop growing, but they won’t listen since it is their lives ambition to be taller then their mom and be able to wear her shoes.
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      Hah! I know my boys will one day be taller than me so I’m taking full advantage of my height right now.

  • July 24, 2013 Brittany

    He sounds like my baby brother… always moving, always talking, always going… going… going! The time goes by way to fast… I can’t believe he’ll be 20 months old on Monday. I have no idea how it happened. ps. he’s so adorable!!
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      The first couple of years go by quickly. It seems more so because they go from being just really tiny helpless babies, to walking, talking toddlers. Huge milestones in a short time. And thank you!

  • July 24, 2013 Nicole

    My youngest seems to be flying through all of the milestones at warp speed too! Maybe she’s just trying to keep up with her big sister, but I can’t blink or I’ll miss something big! I was blown away at how fast her first year flew by. There were some incredibly LONG days (and nights!), but then I blinked (don’t blink!) and next thing I knew we were celebrating her first birthday. I’ve entered hyper light speed!

    Your son is so freakin’ adorable!! Great pics!
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      I think the second one definitely grows up faster because they have an older sibling. They just want to do allthethings NOW. Sigh.

  • July 24, 2013 Alma

    I find this is so true with my second born too. Everything moves faster… or mayor I’m older and slower. Nah. She is learning faster and surprises me every day. One of our conversations before bed ” mom you look nice today ” “why? because I wore a dress?” ” yes” “that’s because I shaved” ” what’s that” ” you take a razor to your skin to cut the hair” ” oh I don’t think I would do that” ” I know how you feel” then tight hugs. Fleeting .
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      Aw, your baby girl is the sweetest.

  • July 24, 2013 JDaniel4's Mom

    I remember like it was just yesterday that my son explored the world just like this.
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      Love seeing the world through their eyes!

  • July 24, 2013 Julia

    Lovely this reminded me of how fast that first year goes. He is adorable.
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Julia.

  • July 24, 2013 Shery

    What a precious little boy you have! Hold on to that Scrumplet-shaped hole that he’s carved into your life! My five year old tells me that he’ll always let me hug and kiss him forever, but I know from experience that he’ll forget those words by 1st grade. However, I’m discovering that they do come back to you later…my oldest son is off to college in a few weeks, and he hugs me everyday, like he’s 5 again.
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      Aw, that’s lovely, Shery. That goes to show that you’re a great Mom!

  • July 24, 2013 Ilene

    So glad you are enjoying t hose fleeting moments. Ironically, I think when we stop to try to record those fleeting moments, we often miss them. I’m happy that you are enjoying them. He’s so precious by the way!
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      I often think that – when they’re doing something new, or awesome, someone will say, grab the camera! Take a video! And I’m just standing/ sitting there, enjoying the moment, soaking it in, taking a photograph with my mind’s eye.

  • July 24, 2013 Leighann

    He’s growing up so fast! What a big boy!
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      Yes he is! *sob*

  • July 24, 2013 Kerstin

    Awwwe, beautiful, you brought me to tears first thing in the morning (probably a combination of your beautiful word and the fact that my daughter is SIXTEEN today…)
    Love that first picture, Alison.
    Also – coming to your blog feels like coming to hang out with a friend. xo
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thank you Kerstin, I love that you feel that way about my blog.
      I hope your daughter had an awesome birthday! (OMG SIXTEEN)

  • July 24, 2013 Tamara

    I’m only able to write this comment because Des is taking his morning nap and not making me chase him around the house. He’s a very mellow boy – hits his milestones on the later side of normal, as opposed to his sister who always hit them on the early side of normal – but still, I am exhausted. So I cannot imagine what I’m in for in a few months.
    Oh and Des gave me a half chewed cookie just yesterday! Thanks, I think?
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      You’ll be on the floor by 8.00pm πŸ˜‰
      Scrumps offers me half-chewed food all the time, like a cat.

  • July 24, 2013 Kim

    I know exactly what you mean, Alison. My oldest was sort of laid-back in comparison with my youngest. He did everything early, was always in such a hurry. I would be left thinking ‘slow down, we have plenty of time!’ but he wanted to go, go go. Still does. He can’t wait to go to school, can’t wait to do the things his big brother does. Like you, I just want to enjoy the moments we have.
    Also, love, love that last line – so true!
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      Is it a second child thing? πŸ™‚

  • July 24, 2013 Mama Melch

    Oh Alison, he is so lovely. What a sweet boy you have, and in such a hurry. Keep enjoying those fleeting moments and definitely keep writing about them when you can. I just love to read about your adventures.
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      Thank you so much!

  • July 24, 2013 KalleyC

    The fearlessness that children have at such a young age is profound! To think, our babies were small in need to be carried everywhere, and now that they are walking, they have no fear! They grow up so quickly these days. I need to start to whip out my camera and take some more pictures. Thanks for the inspiration!
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      Exactly! He’s braver than my first was, so I’m a little unused to his adventurous spirit πŸ™‚

  • July 24, 2013 My Inner Chick

    I live in those fleeting moments.***

    I love how you “LIVE,” Alison Lee πŸ™‚ Xx
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      It’s the only way I know how. πŸ™‚ xo

  • July 25, 2013 Natalie

    It does go by soooo fast! I love his little face…and can’t believe how big he is getting. He’s his own little man πŸ™‚
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      He definitely is! He has the best expressions (and swagger).

  • July 25, 2013 JenyRedfield

    are you sure you’re not describing here my youngest daughter? All children grow up fast, but those who have older brothers\ sisters especially)))

    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      They’re trying to catch up!

  • July 25, 2013 Life of K

    Aww, they do grow so quickly, but little posts like this are pretty awesome. What a sweet way to capture the little things.
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      It’s one of the only ways I know how. Thank you.

  • July 25, 2013 Elaine A.

    I want to pinch his cheeks. And those big, brown eyes get me ever time. Your little scrumplet sure is growing up!!
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      He is, isn’t he?
      He gets away with a lot, with those eyes. πŸ™‚

  • July 25, 2013 Susi

    Alison, he’s such a cutie and a smart cookie on top of it, it seems. I don’t blame you for trying to take it all in. It goes by so very fast.
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thanks Susi. I do try!

  • July 25, 2013 Mama and the City

    Oh, the minute he starts mumbling something into what it might sound like a word, you will be in love (again). Let’s see what this little one comes up to.

    P.S. kudos on your photography class.
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      I’m more in love every day! Dude said ‘apple’ today. Woot!
      And thank you, the course is really helping me learn to use the DSLR.

  • July 25, 2013 Susanna Leonard Hill

    They are all individuals, our little ones. Some are ready to assert their independence sooner than others. But they all go, sooner than we might wish. Mine are teenagers now – one in college, one leaving for college in the fall, only one left in the nest. But the middle one is the most independent. The oldest, even away at college, calls often and keeps in touch. The youngest is a home-body and I wonder if she’ll GO to college πŸ™‚ Is it wrong that part of me would be perfectly happy if they all lived at home forever? πŸ™‚ (Not really – I know they need to move out and live their own lives – but wouldn’t it be nice to press pause once in a while?) Oh, and BTW, that is a gorgeous photo in the red shirt! πŸ™‚
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      Yes, I often wish I can press pause. It’s just hard to fathom that soon enough, they’ll be all taller than me and moving out!

  • July 25, 2013 leah davidson

    Awwww. Posts like this make me SO jealous of the sweetness of lifestage you are at. I know you may feel sleep deprived, starved for adult conversation, and forget what you look like without a baby attached to you – but these years fly by! Enjoy your sweet boy!!! (This is not to say that every stage is not magic – it’s just that as they get older, you realize that your time with them gets shorter). I wish I could freeze so many moments….
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      I know I’ll miss these days, hard as they are. They’re actually easier now, but with different challenges. Le sigh.

  • July 25, 2013 Leslie

    It sounds like you did anything but fail with this post! We’re not yet to so many milestones with the little one, but I completely understand what you’re saying. It seems like life just flies by for those first two years with so much learning and exploring. Good for you for stepping out from behind the camera and enjoying it!
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      The milestones will come when they come, and you’ll be like, where on earth did my BABY go? πŸ™‚

  • July 25, 2013 NJ

    It is really annoying when our babies decide to grow up isn’t it? Here’s to the next phase of your life together- may the years be sweet and the memories even sweeter!
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      OMG right? Darn kids. πŸ™‚

  • July 25, 2013 Christopher D Drew

    My youngest is growing so fast too, time really flies it is hard to keep track of everything.
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      It is. Hence the blog! πŸ™‚

  • July 26, 2013 julie gardner

    Oh, Alison. He is…perfection. And you are so very wise to step back and not worry about capturing every detail anywhere but in your heart. Yes, you will take pictures and write words and there will be a record of his growing up here on this blog. But the EXPERIENCE of him has to be lived in the moment. And you’re doing that.

    One of the hardest aspects of our rebuild after the fire was my desire to put the world on hold until we were back in our home. I hated our rental house – the fact that every spoon and towel and chair was borrowed. Not ours. I was emotional, tired, in a continual funk – I knew in my heart that I didn’t want to erase six to eight months of my life (and my family’s life), but in PRACTICE, I couldn’t be normal. I just couldn’t.

    I regret what I missed over this year, the fact that I kind of checked out from the rest of the world. But we are slowly reclaiming our real lives. One day at a time.

    So good for you for holding on tightly to yours – always πŸ™‚
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      Julie, I’ve missed you so and have been thinking about you and yours.

      I am so sorry that the fire took away so many irreplaceable things, most of all the moments and memories your house could have given you the past 6-8 months. But you and yours are strong and resilient, and I just know that you’ll make up for that time lost.

      Love you. xo

  • July 26, 2013 keely

    I’m like that with window shopping, too. (Also? He’s adorably edible.)
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      Mooching on the window leaving fingerprints?
      I can just see it. πŸ˜‰

  • July 26, 2013 Stasha

    Oh my, he really is in a supersonic mode. Glad you are enjoying these moments with him!
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      Supersonic mode is right!

  • July 26, 2013 Christine

    He is absolutely the cutest. Those younger siblings do have a way of taking off right away, don’t they? They need to keep up. I’m glad that you are enjoying these moments with him and Monkey. They do pass by too quickly.
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      Oh yes, he’s definitely keeping up. Far too quickly for my liking. πŸ™‚

  • July 26, 2013 Jeanne

    They do grow up so fast! Don’t you wish sometimes they could stay little forever? My son was like that too… he was walking at 9 months old!! I love those big brown eyes your son has!
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      9 months old? Goodness! That’s too tiny πŸ™‚

  • July 26, 2013 Michelle

    He’s so adorable!! They grow up way too quickly so enjoy it while you can!
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  • July 26, 2013 Stevie

    I think I know why you call him Scrumplet,because he is absolutely scrumptious. Look at your boy go. Be proud Mama, you have given him the safety and security he needs to explore.
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    • July 26, 2013 Alison

      It is a fitting nickname, isn’t it?

  • July 27, 2013 Jennifer

    They do grow up quickly! Addy talks in full toddler speak, and I can somewhat decipher the code. She also handed me a freshly chewed salt water taffy the other day…such sticky fun!
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    • July 27, 2013 Alison

      Oh yum? πŸ™‚

  • July 27, 2013 Greta

    Oh man, you can almost hear the “I want!” from him standing in front of that motorcycle! I try so hard to keep up, too, and I just can’t do it. Hopefully, I can record enough to keep the memories with me. What a sweet, ornery little one you’ve got there, Alison!
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    • July 27, 2013 Alison

      I think your Instagram feed is a massive keeper of all memories. πŸ™‚

  • July 27, 2013 Melissa Olivero

    He is just adorable and yes, very often all we have are those fleeting moments. I wish I had done more blogging when my children are younger. No matter how much you never want to forget, you do as the days and years run into one another. You will appreciate each photo and each post as time flies by faster and faster. πŸ™‚
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    • July 28, 2013 Alison

      I didn’t blog the first 15 months of my firstborn’s life, and I’ve already forgotten so much. So as much as I like to say that sometimes, I live in the moment long enough not to take a picture or write it down, I do appreciate that I have this space to do that now.

  • July 29, 2013 Amy

    Love this. I am totally living in those fleeting moments with #2 (and #1) right now. I get the feeling that’s the way it’s going to be from here on out.
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    • July 29, 2013 Alison

      It is! I blink and whoosh, the little one is RUNNING past me. Sigh.

  • July 30, 2013 Jin Ai

    I find it difficult to chart milestones on my blog for precisely the same reason – I can’t keep up! Love how you’re living in the fleeting moments.
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    • July 30, 2013 Alison

      That’s the only way to live these days. πŸ™‚

  • July 30, 2013 Martine

    Sigh. I look at my kid each day and wonder about this every single day. Lately he’s been saying stuff that is so soul-probing, it’s amazing. I wonder what he will be teaching me through the years!

    What a great new blog discovery! Thanks for sharing #IPPP!
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    • July 30, 2013 Alison

      Children truly are our best teachers.
      #IPPP is an awesome weekly linky, I hope you play!

  • July 31, 2013 Tricia

    Oh yes, my youngest just started crawling two days ago and I have a feeling that its just full speed ahead from here!
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    • July 31, 2013 Alison

      And so it begins, Tricia!

  • July 31, 2013 Roshni

    That photo of the closeup is just amazing! I can relate because I had just turned around and my baby has already become 9 and the other is 5! πŸ™
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    • July 31, 2013 Alison

      Oh, so big already!

  • July 31, 2013 Adrienne

    Sniffle, sniffle. I feel so blessed to get a glimpse of his little life. He’s so precious! You’ve captured this stage so beautifully, Alison. I think you’re doing exactly what you should be doing. Trying to keep up and trying to stay focused. What more can we do, right? Sometimes we forget that life happens, even if we don’t blog about it. (OMG. I think that’s a post title coming soon! See I told you my fog is lifting!)

    This line: “a scrumplet-shaped hole” made my heart go pitter patter.
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    • July 31, 2013 Alison

      I’m glad the fog is lifting! And thank you for reading these little updates. I am not eloquent when talking about them, just honest. I’m glad you can see that.

  • August 8, 2013 Katie

    Awwww!!! It’s so true. It goes by SO fast at this age. Charlie is doing a million new things too and I just stare at my empty “New Post” not knowing what to say or how to say it. I want to get it all down, yet it there it goes. There he goes.

    Also? “Off He Goes” is a favorite Pearl Jam song πŸ™‚
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    • August 8, 2013 Alison

      Your monthly Charlie posts are SO good though. So full of detail and all the stuff he’s doing. I try and do that for my kids and come up….. empty? Too full? I just …. can’t? Won’t?

      And I didn’t know that! #NotAPearlJamFan

  • August 8, 2013 Jessica

    They move so fast, don’t they?

    How are you liking the photography course?
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    • August 9, 2013 Alison

      They do.
      And I like it! Gina is really awesome, I’m learning so much.

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