Wednesday, July 06, 2011

The bouncy seat

This may look like just a bouncy seat to you.

But to me it's a big transition.

This bouncy seat holds so many memories to me. Probably my sweetest memory is when we first had Harper home from the hospital and after a long day.....we would put her in that bouncy seat all cozy with blankets right between us and we would turn the lights down and she would sleep and we would watch "American Idol" and just smile down at her and exchange glances and we were so amazed that she was ours.

I love that bouncy seat.

And of course when Hollis came home - she would lay in it too. A lot. Because I was always keeping Harper out of messes.

But now I've had to put the bouncy seat away. Hollis is rolling and tries to roll out of it and it's no longer safe for me to leave her in it. So I'm giving it away. I've also packed up all the girls' 0-3 months clothes to give away. (I'm the anti hoarder). (I should probably add because I've received a ton of emails today that I have two friends having little girls and I've already promised them my clothes. But in the future maybe I'll do a blog/facebook sale/giveaway as we grow out of more clothes!)
We don't plan on more kids (unless God is laughing at me right now) and so I'm giving away baby stuff as soon as we are finished with them. I'll keep a few special outfits and a few special baby things but otherwise we are moving on.

And it's very bittersweet for me.

With Harper I was so excited as each week and month rolled by because I loved seeing what she would do next. I still feel that way.

Although I pulled up these pictures because next week Harper will be 2.5 and I don't know where the time has gone. This was her at 6 months, 1 year, 18 months, 2 years and now. It's amazing how much she can change in just 6 months. I can't imagine her at 3 and 4 and 16.

But I have to say with Hollis, I'm so sad for everything that she does new. I'm excited to see her grow and change and discover who she will become but I know that I'll never have another sweet newborn. I'll never have that tiny baby who can't roll yet. Or crawl yet or walk yet again. And it makes me sad.

So this may look like just a normal bouncy seat.

But to me it's a sign that time is moving WAY too fast.

And the Stamps girls would like to say a BIG Happy Birthday to their Pap-pa and Nonny! Pap-pa's birthday was Tuesday and Nonny's is tomorrow!! We love you!!!!!

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