Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Year One

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With Roman turning one the very day that he flew to Minneapolis with Jeff and I, you might imagine there was not too much fanfare. The night before we left, we went out for a family dinner and gave him all the bites of cheesecake that he wanted, which weren't too many. We gave him books, which he liked immensely. And on his actual birthday I took photos of him sitting in the plane looking out the window. While sweet, of course, the photos themselves felt insufficient somehow to capture his first birthday but more his first big adventure, I suppose. Right around the time that a baby turns one, the number itself seems to stand as a warning to you for the rest of the years that will come. Its the first time that you set this whole number to a child and not the fussy monthly marks. One. It is the first indication of the baby days dwindling. You can be certain now that they will not be babies forever, if you've disillusioned yourselves thus far. You can stop that now.

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So clicking through many photos taken over the past few weeks, in search of a Roman-turns-one-photo I kept going back to these that I spontaneously took of Juliana and Roman on Mother's Day. It goes without say how much it reminds me of myself and a baby Juliana eighteen years ago exactly. But more, it marks in time the difference of their ages. Which is so often how your mind goes back in time to remember any of the children at a specific age, right? You think about the relative age of them to the rest too. And here they are together during a time while they are both settled in the family nest. One just getting to know the dwelling and the other getting her feathers all ruffled for a flight.

So this, with my oldest and my youngest, is the portrait of Roman being one. The year that his sister can just walk down the hallway from her room sweep him up for a giggley hug and kiss on her way to wherever she goes. And he can crawl after her, even attempt a few steps, once the door is closed behind her. She can teach him to say phrases like oh, wow. He is very good at knowing when to say oh, wow. And still being here, for a few more months, she can nibble his elbow whenever she wants. Because he is here too, and very edible at age One.

xoxox, Anna

62 comments:

  1. you're so sweet and lovely. i love coming here, reading your posts and feeling refreshed.

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  2. What a beautiful post. Makes me nearly weepy thinking about how fast these little ones grow up. Our littlest (and last) is 3 months old and already I am telling him to stop growing and stay small forever. Oh, how I wish they would.
    A very happy birthday to little Roman. And a blessed week to all of you~
    Megan

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  3. I am a big sappy mess. My little guy is 16 1/2 months old so I've been watching your little Roman since his arrival. What a sweet sweet post and such eloquent expression of what us moms feel about our babies. Can you believe they are so big so fast? In just the last month ONLY my guy is sleeping in a big boy bed, eating with his own fork by himself, running, climbing and saying bye bye momma. Gah! It's like time speeds up the further you go. Anyway, thank you for such a lovely post.

    PS. I can't believe you had your oldest when you were only 10 years old. Wow! ;-P

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  4. Such sweet pictures!

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  5. Happy Birthday Roman!

    Those pictures are great :)

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  6. I love these pictures, esp the second one...they're the kind of pictures that capture seemingly mundane moments, but will become your favorites over the years and you'll pull them out to show Roman's girlfriend one day (so all you ladies can coo together and tease him about how chubby cheeked and precious he was as a baby...and how impressive it was he held onto his cracker throughout the whole ordeal!)
    Such precious pictures!!!

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  7. Rebecca1:26 PM

    oh wow is right. all teared up with my belly full of baby and my eldest ready to turn ten... Love your perspective and the beauty you capture.

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  8. Hiphome said exactly what I was thinking. Beautiful babies (I know, she's not a baby anymore...but she'll always be your baby), beautiful daughters growing into women, beautiful siblings. Ahhh, aren't families beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts as Roman arrived at one. I too have been reading since pre-Roman days, and it just reminds me that these baby days are so fleeting.

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  9. oh how you can capture a moment, and I just love your moments. They help me better see my own!

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  10. Really, really lovely post... beautiful writing, and beautiful babes.

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  11. What beautiful offspring. You are blessed.

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  12. What great pics!! Happy Birthday Roman!

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  13. so simple, yet so profound. i love reading your eloquent thoughts about your family, especially as i venture off on the journey to start my own. thank you for your honesty and inspiration!

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  14. congrats, little one!! you and my one year old twin girls could be good friends.

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  15. What a gorgeous photo! I can't wait to give my little one some siblings so that I can look forward to photo ops like this one :)

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  16. I got teary reading this! So very sweet and heartfelt. My second kiddo turns one in October and I was just sitting here wondering where the time went! Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your family.

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  17. Absoultely beautifully said. It is SO true..you verbalise our thought so perfectly:)

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  18. I think it's absolutely beautiful and perfect....Especially as an older sister who also has a younger brother that is 18 years younger than them. It made me tear up remembering those special days at home with him.

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  19. So adorable! You've always got the right words to capture that moment!

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  20. *sniff* My daughter is turning 7 this summer and I am filled with nostalgia for her baby-ness. All gone now. But your daughter offers the promise of good things to come! Thanks for the retrospective.

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  21. Sarahj5:32 PM

    How lovely to have photos of the oldest and youngest members of the family together. I am the oldest in my
    family(7 children) and have fond memories of playing with the younger ones.

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  22. A,

    Happy birthday to your Sweet Roman! I can hardly believe an entire year has passed. And those pics capture SO much. To be honest, at first glance, I thought it was you. You are very blessed wth an amazing family.

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  23. such lovely thoughts. Happy birthday to Roman (and to your whole family). xo

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  24. Anonymous7:01 PM

    Please tell us about the painting in the background

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  25. Oh, how sweet your blog is! I just found you searching around. I am so glad I did!
    Happy birthday to your little Roman!

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  26. They are just beautiful together! You inspire me to want a big family ;)

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  27. Happy 1st birthday Roman, it has been a joy to watch you grow.

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  28. reading this with my 4th and final baby strapped to my chest, you've made me quite weepy with your beautiful children and perceptive sentiments

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  29. Can I come hang out for a day or month or two? I miss the munchkin and need a snuggle.

    Beautiful post as always.

    xo
    Sandi

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  30. What is that AMAZING painting in the background of your photos!!?!

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  31. Wow! You've got a whilst to wait for an empty nest. I got depressed when our last one left. I got a lap dog and then the grandbabies came. Oh what wonderment!
    I'd love to see that lovely painting in the background. Is it one of yours? I just love it.

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  32. I can't believe it's been already a year !!!! Happy brithday to Roman then !!! from here to you

    Tiphaine...

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  33. Wow! The post wasn't making sense until I realized it was Juliana holding Roman and not you! Time, flies, no? Touching that you have a new one just as another is going away.

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  34. Anonymous6:10 AM

    Cutest!!

    Did your daughter pass the exam for the Art University?

    Greetings from Vienna

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  35. so incredibly sweet! love seeing the difference in age and the love your daughter has for your son! precious! i have never commented on your blog before, but simply LOVE reading your daily posts!!! thanks so much for such a beautiful, inspiring spot for me to drop by and read!

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  36. I so love every post you make! I love hearing about your family and seeing all the beautiful stuff you make!

    Thank you for being such and relatable and human role model! I'm twenty with my first baby. She's already 2 1/2 months old! I can't believe how fast she's growing! You inspire me so much! I get frustrated with something and then I think "Anna Maria has six, and still works full time in the home! And I bet she's a good wife too!" So it is possible. Thank you for your example.

    Congratulations on Roman turning one! What a milestone!
    Congratulations to Julianna too! I remember those college days! Stay strong! Its hard for a young girl to do so on her own in college!

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  37. It's so sad, and yet comforting, when you can see the whole life span of your children before you. These are such sweet pictures and you write such wonderful stories to go with them. Thank you.

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  38. 1111111111111!!!!!!!!!!!!)))))))))))
    Ураааааааааааа!!!!!!!!!!!

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  39. Before I read the second half of your post, I thought it was YOU in the picture!! What a great photos, and a wonderful post. I'm sure Juliana on the verge of leaving the nest, is tough. I've been there, and while mine flew not so far away, it still is hard.
    Job well done mom!! Beautiful children you have. :)

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  40. It is always Bittersweet.

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  41. Oh, I just love coming over here to peek in on you and your family. Hate that I missed you and everyone at Spring Market.

    Roman will only remember what you record and I'd say his first year rocks.

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  42. what a beautiful post, Anna. happy birthday to your little Roman. :)

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  43. So beautifully said. The day my daughter turned one (she is three now) I was so weepy...thinking about how her babyhood was being left behind and how I'll probably never have another child. Time goes so quickly. Happy Birthday to your little one :)

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  44. Lovely post. Did you paint that beautiful painting in the background? I just love it.

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  45. That is crazy poetic. Happy birthday, Roman. I like your plan of spacing them out so you will always have a baby at home. :)

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  46. Yay! Happy baby boy Birthday! Such sweet pictures of your little man with your young lady!

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  47. Xandi1:23 AM

    Boy, you tug at the heartstrings! I don't even want children, but I get all weepy reading about sweet Roman. Thanks for sharing!

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  48. Your sentiments on mothering bring me to tears every time. You're good!! I am pretty stoic - but you have such a beautiful way of conveying the tenderness - so honest and genuine. thank you! thank you! thank you!
    You remind me - even if it is bittersweet - that these days of mothering are fleeting and precious.

    all love!!

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