Sunday, May 8, 2011

What a Difference a Babe Makes

The conversation lasted no longer than a deep breath, but we meant it for those 90 seconds or so. Somewhere in a series of big city trips we felt like our life was full. It was for the moment. The Sears Tower, Fenway Park, Happy Hour at midnight . . . it was definitely not a bad life.

"Maybe we shouldn't have kids."

"We could just travel all the time and retire when we're 50."

"We'd be so rich."

Season tickets and luxury labels held a lot of appeal to our twenty something selves. If you'd asked back then we'd have quickly named a son and daughter Tony Gwynn and Kate Spade and loved them for all eternity.

Then along came our replacement for cashmere. He snuggled his way into our world looking like Mr. Magoo and easily turning our late night nachos into late night lullabies. My affinity for high end boutiques morphed into an obsession with the best stroller.

The following year I was barely back into my designer jeans and we found out that I needed to start shopping for maternity clothes. Again. I'd almost been fooled into thinking that by carrying my Coach diaper bag I could feel just like I did before my precious baby boy. Suddenly I needed a double stroller and two sizes of diapers. My caviar dreams of E giving me a new anniversary band each time I delivered another perfect offspring faded as spring came along and we tried to figure out how to cram another person into our tiny little beach cottage.

Then the tiniest pink dream was born and I swear she had a luxury tax invoice attached to her umbilical cord. Hair bows to match every darling outfit were an ABSOLUTE necessity. Any day of the week would find me choosing a frilly something for her instead of browsing Salon shoes for myself.

Several years and several Mother's Days later my priorities are crystal clear. Admittedly, I have dreamed more than one night now about the Michele Caber Park watch with the champagne leather band, but tuition and new track shoes always come first. And my Mother's Day was the most priceless 16 hours of my life.

Bedside breakfast delivered with tremendous pride.


Kisses and hugs and eyes full of anticipation. Handmade cards that left me sobbing with gratitude and humility.

And a brand new custom stadium seat. It has their names on it with a soccer ball and a baseball as the vowels and it says I'm their Mom.


To say it's my prize possession is a gross understatement. On Monday, Thursday and Saturday this week I'll be sitting in that seat with my heart on my sleeve and without the designer watch. And I'll still think I'm the richest girl in the world.

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Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

Too sweet!!! It's amazing how things change, right?

Emmy said...

Okay I love love loved this post. How absolutely wonderful and yes, you truly are a rich rich woman.

Kim said...

You are a fantasic writer! What a great Mother's Day Post, so glad you had a very special one!

Impulsive Addict said...

Another perfect post! It just melted my heart! How sweet. And could your kids be any cuter?

I'm glad you had a wonderful Mothers Day!

He & Me + 3 said...

This post made me cry. Just beautiful. I am so glad you had a wonderful Mother's Day. I want one of those chairs.

Beth Zimmerman said...

Love this post! I have friends who have 8 kids and a very modest one income lifestyle. He says they decided they'd rather raise kids than houses, cars, boats and RVs. Never regretted the choice either! :)

jules said...

Isn't it amazing how life changes with a child? They force us to get our priorities straight....

What a great Mother's day you had!

Shell said...

Kids really do change our lives!

sitting on the mood swing at the playground said...

Beautiful in about a million ways...happy (belated) Mother's Day to you!

Lourie said...

Right now I am so wishing there was a like button on blogs. Correction. Love. Because I loved this post. It is beautiful!

WhisperingWriter said...

I love this post! So incredibly sweet.

MiMi said...

Oh my goodness!! This choked me up!!! So awesome. Your kids are so adorable.


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