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naturaldoll 07-04-2013 09:45 AM

Question for moms :)
 
A little background: I had a conversation last week where I mentioned I can't believe my baby has gotten as big as she is (4 1/2 months. 15 pounds) . When I think "Michelle " I picture her at 2days. She was so tiny, barely 5 lbs. One nurse in particular had really taken a liking to her and bought my baby clothes with her own money. So that day the wheeled my babh bassinet in, she's wearing a green Preemie size Bodysuit with "mommy's sunshine " written across the chest in hot pink and yellow glitter screenprint, with tiny hot pink mittens and yellow socks and a tiny. Hot pink hairbow clippy. Suddenly her eyes opened and she looked up at me. That's my image of my daughter. So it's a little shocking to see her so big and different now.

My sister said all mother's have a image like that. Her image of 20 year old son is of a fat smiling 3 month old in a Chicago bulls Jersey. My mom 's image of me was a 2 year old in pigtails and barbie sneakers. Which is why she was never able to see me as an adult. My last conversation before she died was her laying me out for being pregnant because at 25 I was "just a baby " myself.

But this got me thinking, are these mental images really true for all moms? If so what image do you have of your kids and how old are they really? Do you think mine will change as Michelle gets older?
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inheritedcurls 07-05-2013 03:27 PM

I think there are different images of my children that play mentally in my head forever. Some good...some not great...like my son laying the the medical bed after his first eye surgery....him looking so small and fragile. Give yourself time...that image may not be replaced but another one will be added..that you won't forget. :)

CGNYC 07-06-2013 10:35 AM

I still describe my daughter as blond, which she hasn't been for ages, so my mental image needs updating.

When I think of "S" I think of her three years old wearing her orange Tom and Jerry tee shirt, running away laughing, long blond hair flying - at bedtime in our old house. She's now seven, she stopped being able to run shortly after that, and that tee shirt wouldn't stand a chance. But that's what I think of...the tee shirt, running away, and that giggle. At least she still has the giggle ;-)

ETA - I just realized that sounds a lot more tragic than I intended to. She developed a movement disorder around 3.5 and started having trouble walking. She's on meds now, walks unassisted and is generally leading a happy, normal life. Takes karate, swim, etc. At the time, right after that when it started, I was DESTROYED, which is why I think THAT image sticks with me. It's the last mental image (our bedtime ritual) before things turned upside down for a while.

naturaldoll 07-06-2013 05:22 PM

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Originally Posted by CGNYC (Post 2187855)
I still describe my daughter as blond, which she hasn't been for ages, so my mental image needs updating.

When I think of "S" I think of her three years old wearing her orange Tom and Jerry tee shirt, running away laughing, long blond hair flying - at bedtime in our old house. She's now seven, she stopped being able to run shortly after that, and that tee shirt wouldn't stand a chance. But that's what I think of...the tee shirt, running away, and that giggle. At least she still has the giggle ;-)

ETA - I just realized that sounds a lot more tragic than I intended to. She developed a movement disorder around 3.5 and started having trouble walking. She's on meds now, walks unassisted and is generally leading a happy, normal life. Takes karate, swim, etc. At the time, right after that when it started, I was DESTROYED, which is why I think THAT image sticks with me. It's the last mental image (our bedtime ritual) before things turned upside down for a while.

Aww I'm sorry *hugs*. But that mental image soumds adorable, I'd hold onto that too. :)


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spiderlashes5000 07-10-2013 11:59 AM

I always remember mine those first night in the hospital when they were born. You could already see their personalities from day 1!

CurlyCanadian 07-17-2013 01:02 PM

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Originally Posted by CGNYC (Post 2187855)
I still describe my daughter as blond, which she hasn't been for ages, so my mental image needs updating.

When I think of "S" I think of her three years old wearing her orange Tom and Jerry tee shirt, running away laughing, long blond hair flying - at bedtime in our old house. She's now seven, she stopped being able to run shortly after that, and that tee shirt wouldn't stand a chance. But that's what I think of...the tee shirt, running away, and that giggle. At least she still has the giggle ;-)

7?!??! When did that happen?? She was JUST a baby!!!! Glad she is doing so well :)


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