When Your Babies Are No Longer Babies


This week, I cleaned out Liam’s closet. I ended up with about 8 bags of clothing / toys to donate because we’ve been basically storing all his old stuff on the floor of his closet for 4 years. It was like Mary Poppins’ bag. Things kept appearing – I was SHOCKED because the area really isn’t that big.

Anyway, WAAAAAAAYYYYYYY on the bottom of the mess there was this box filled with swaddle blankets, diapers, onesies and bibs. I pulled the box out and as soon as I did his baby scent filled the room.

I instantly started to cry… hysterically. It brought me back 4 years ago. It was Liam as a newborn. The smell – it was insane. I took all the clothing and I pulled it to my face and took a huge inhale.

Even now I’m bawling writing this because time is flying and there’s no way to slow it down.


My eldest is only 6. I can’t imagine how MY MOTHER feels seeing her baby as a woman with kids of her own. I mean – what the hell does that feel like? The only thing I can do is really live each day to the fullest with my kids. Put down the iPhone when they are speaking to me and hug / kiss them as much as they will let me.

Every stage is beautiful – I’m not saying I’m not enjoying this age. But that smell – I just remembered everything in an instant. It was too much for me to handle and I most certainly wasn’t prepared for it.

Either way, I’m glad it happened.

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  1. Lisa wrote:

    Awww your post made me tear. It does happen so fast. My eldest is 15!! He wanted to hang out with his friends and I’m asking him 50 questions. He’s like, Mom, I know what I’m doing. Sniff, sniff. They grow up way too fast! I feel you. hugs.

    Posted 10.7.11
  2. lizzys wrote:

    go for it:)

    Posted 10.7.11
  3. Julia wrote:

    Hi Vera!
    What a wonderful post – and even though my little one is “only” 20 months old I know what you mean. When he was a newborn, I couldn’t even imagine him walking or talking and now he is doing both! Luckily I am forced to constantly give away the stuff he has outgrown, because I have a few friends with smaller kids, but even sorting out my favourite t-shirts of his is so hard.
    I also bought quite a large box very early after his birth and there I throw in stuff I want to keep for him (or for me?), I have to admit, the baby scent is already in there.
    But every age is great and I love watching him grow and learn.
    Julia / the-happy-mom.com

    Posted 10.7.11

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