Our Keepsake Journal is Here! 🎉

My son recently learned how to climb out of things, so I asked my husband to take the side off the crib to convert it to a toddler bed today. I snapped one last picture of my son in his crib before I hurried off to get him dressed for school.

As I got to work, I saw my husband had sent me a text of the transformed crib, and it just about killed me. I know, I know . . . what even changed? It pretty much looks the same. But it’s more than just the side of the crib being removed. It’s the reality of just how fast life goes by that really got me today.

RELATED: They Tell You To Hold the Baby, But No One Warns You How Fast He Grows

Like how quickly little pieces get removed from the nursery until you look around and the nursery is gone. The next thing I know, this will be converted to a big ole full-sized bed. I will look into a little kid’s room filled with knick-knacks and treasures.

He won’t remember the crib, or the glider, or the mobile, or the changing table. But I will still be able to picture his little crib right where it was. I’ll envision every night I rocked him to sleep, among every other little detail of this very room.

This precious chapter is coming to a close. I know it all too well. Babies just don’t keep.

So God Made a Mother book by Leslie Means

If you liked this, you'll love our book, SO GOD MADE A MOTHER available now!

Order Now

Check out our new Keepsake Companion Journal that pairs with our So God Made a Mother book!

Order Now
So God Made a Mother's Story Keepsake Journal

Raiyah Hurt

A lover of reading novels, writing, spending time with family, and traveling the world. Learning more about life and gaining a deeper outlook with each experience God puts me through. Always trying to focus on the sunny side. 

I Met a Boy and He Changed Everything

In: Motherhood
Newborn baby with name tag

I met a boy. I’ll never forget the moment. I know no one’s perfect but, man—he sure was close. And the first time I held him in my arms, I was absolutely certain that life as I knew it would never, ever be the same. He had changed everything. Absolutely everything. And I was right. Life was never, ever the same. Because there were the sleepless nights. The learning all the things I thought I already knew, but didn’t. There was spending every second of every day caring for someone else. The bath times and nap times and playtimes and...

Keep Reading

Lord, Please Don’t Let Me Forget

In: Baby, Kids, Motherhood

Lord, please don’t let me forget the way it felt to have them growing inside me. Help me remember the way the flutters turned into kicks and the feeling of pure joy and amazement with each tiny jab. Please don’t let me forget how it felt when the doctor laid them on my chest for the first time. Keep clear in my mind that overwhelming feeling of happiness, fear, excitement, and unconditional love all wrapped up in one. Lord, please don’t let me forget the sleepless nights that turned into tired days. Help me remember those sleepy snuggles as my...

Keep Reading

“Your Son Growing Up Will Feel Like the Slowest Breakup You’ve Ever Known” Aches in Every Mother’s Heart

In: Grown Children, Kids, Motherhood
Mother and son touch foreheads silhouette

“Why do they look so tall all of a sudden?” I asked my friend as we trailed her twin 8-year-old boys down a hallway recently.  “I know, right?” she sighed. “They don’t look like little boys anymore . . . I don’t know when that happened.” And, as they say, therein lies the rub: our babies grow up when we’re not looking and entirely without our consent.  Australian writer Mia Freedman gets it—a poignant post she recently wrote is going viral with moms all around the world. Freedman, who is the co-founder and content director of Mamamia Women’s Network, penned...

Keep Reading