Wednesday, March 5, 2014

solsc: needed 5/31



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"I don't want to lose all those moments when they do need me."  

Yesterday I worried about my girls being too independent.

Then I heard a little voice calling my name in the middle of the night.

I slipped on my glasses, carefully climbed out of bed, and tiptoed into the girls' room to let M. know I was there.

"Shhh...baby.  What do you need?"  I whispered as I brushed her hair off her face.

"Mommy, my ears hurt," M. cried reaching out for me.

I quickly picked her up and carried her to our bedroom not wanting to wake my other little sleeper.  I softly dropped into the glider that I sat in daily almost four years ago with newborn babies -- when they needed me for everything.  

I rocked her.  We snuggled.  I whispered in her ear.  We embraced.   I was there to comfort her.

She still needed me.
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After the 2 a.m. wake up, we all drifted back to sleep.  M. went back into her own bed and slept until morning.  Waking up (again) after her sister.

Today I took her to the doctor to learn that she has a double ear infection.  Poor thing.

In this same day, where I was concerned about my girls growing their independence, I was needed again.  (You were all right!)  

And that was a good feeling.

"I don't want to lose all those moments when they do need me."  
   

18 comments:

  1. I love that last line.

    When you write, it is so easy to see everything.

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  2. Poor baby.....but those are the moments. Celebrate the independence, but "take advantage" of being needed.

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  3. I can feel the emotion pouring out of this post. You write very powerfully! I felt like I was right there in the middle of your writing---rocking and consoling a child right along with you. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. OHHHH such a little trooper . . . can you imagine how much that must hurt? But your love was able to take the pain away so she could sleep . . . priceless!

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  5. I love all the details you share, Michelle, so sweet. I'm glad you went to the doctor too-ear infections are not good. And you can count on that being needed for a long while.

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  6. Michelle, you will always be needed regardless of how independent they get. Poor M. I know what we went through when you had ear infections - not a fun time. You were needed and you were there to comfort her. Hugs to all of you! Love ya, Mom

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  7. The back and forth of independence and need continue all the way through their teens and into their twenties! ;-) I love these lines: "I quickly picked her up and carried her to our bedroom not wanting to wake my other little sleeper. I softly dropped into the glider that I sat in daily almost four years ago with newborn babies -- when they needed me for everything." I love it because I remember MY glider during those baby days!

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  8. Your post brought me back -- it seems like a long time since our boys had nights like that -- and the emotional tug and pull is so powerful.
    Kevin

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  9. Those moments when they need you become more cherished, more special. Speaking from experience (a grown daughter with little needy ones of her own), they will always need you. I love the short sentences (I rocked her. We snuggled.....)

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  10. Poor child to have an ear infection. Lucky child to have you to comfort her. Mimm still needs me. The bigger girls don't necessarily need me, but I know I am wanted and that is a good feeling too.

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  11. I love the image of you in the rocker with your daughter. Can't wait for that!

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  12. Yes, the wonderful thing is that you will always be needed by them. Small or grown. But you will miss the rocking chair snuggles. I know that.

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  13. A lovely slice of a mother's life - the push and pull of wanting them to fly, and wanting them to nest.

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  14. We had many days with ear infections! Not that there is anything good about our children being sick, I did love those moments with snuggles and hugs and sleeping in my lap...feeling needed as a mom!

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  15. UGH, ear infections can be so painful and frustrating. Good that you were there to comfort and love her. Made it all better.

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  16. Poor M! I hope her ears feel better soon! Glad the glider is still there for a comfy moment!

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  17. I'm learning that no matter how old they get, they never get to the "don't need you" stage. And the older they get, the bigger the issues. I wish I could drop into a chair and rock all of my boys' issues away.

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts.