babies don’t keep

Jules —  October 24, 2005

Twice a day, before nap and bedtime, I have the pleasure of doing one of my favorite things. Life just doesn’t get much more enjoyable than this. Not many things bring me as much happiness as rocking my baby. Well, she’s not really a baby anymore. How wonderful it is to watch her blossom into a little girl, eager to give out hugs and kisses, but it’s so sad to see that her baby days are gone. Being a mom is so bittersweet.

She loves to sit and rock her baby doll. It’s so sweet and innocent that it causes an ache in my heart. I just had to get a picture to help me remember this precious time.

Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth
empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
hang out the washing and butter the bread,
sew on a button and make up a bed.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I’ve grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue
(lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
(pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).
The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
and out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo
but I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren’t her eyes the most wonderful hue?
(lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).

The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
for children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.

by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton



32 responses to babies don’t keep

  1. How beautiful the babies,
    How lovely the poem,
    Memories are forever,
    A picture to share, priceless. 😉
    I have a lot of pictures, but I wish I had taken more. Our lives get so busy sometimes, we forget to stop and treasure the moments we should. If you don’t do it now, you never can again, at least not for this moment.

  2. Such a sweet picture. I think some of my very earliest memories involved rocking and feeding my dolls.

  3. Such an excellent post, Julie. Watching them grow up is so hard.

  4. She’s such a cutie…I’m happy for you that she’s a snuggly one! You know you could always have more babies…..eventhough the idea may make you want to :puke

  5. The idea and the experience will make you :puke

  6. You guys have diaper changing down to a science, no sense stopping now!

  7. AWWWW! That really brought tears to my eyes. It encouraged me to take more time to rock Jaden when I can. He so swftly was moved off my lap with Evely’s arrival, but like Anjelia, he still is a baby too.

    Very sweet picture!!! Love that poem.

    Thanks for sharing.

  8. I have been feeling a little sentimental and sad lately, but it’s a sweet sadness. Does that make sense? I think it’s cuz I started working on her baby album.

  9. Oh, that’s so sweet! My mom had that last verse of that poem cross-stitched on her wall. I love nostalgia!

  10. Hey, I should have said, I love melancholy! wink-wink! 😉

  11. When Sarah plays with her dolls, she calls herself Trish and ME GRANDMA!!! It’s cute but un-nerving at the same time. Sarah got mad at Aaron because he told her he wasn’t going to marry her. I told him brother and sister don’t usually marry, so now he won’t “play” along, however he will babysit for her when 2 or more of the babies are crying.

  12. Trish, your kids sound so incredibly cute! I know they are, I’ve seen pictures!!

  13. Melancholy is a good way to describe it.

    Melissa has a new blog called Melancholy. It’s sweet and very funny.
    Check it out. Her name is a link.

  14. Carl, Carl, Carl…. :disgust

  15. Sarah, I loved playing with my Barbies. They flew. That’s all they did. My daughter Elaina makes them fly now. I didn’t even tell her mine flew to give her the idea.

    Those are my best doll memories. That and my baby Chrissy who’s hair would grow. I still have her but my mom cut her hair because it became so messy. Oh, and I had a Baby Beth too. She had a pink hat and sweater and booties.

  16. Oh how sweet–now I’m going to go :cry. My babies are getting too big! They squash me when I try to rock them now!

  17. We have been having a lot of fun playing w/our Grandsons. They are all characters. Deb is right, they are getting so tall. Their dolls are action figures. They make a lot of them with their modeling clay. They spend a lot of time playing w/that. They get pretty good at making things from the clay. Connor just got back from Boyscouts this eve. while Christian & James had tumbling contest. Christian 30 to James 17. Seems like we just got here and now tomorrow we go back home. :cry We took Mom Vera out a lot. We took her to eat out one day, another we went to the Apple Orchard, And went visiting Kathern & Kiki W/Baby another. The new baby is really cute. :baby

  18. I love the poem; the last stanza is in Tori’s babybook.

    Baby Anjelia looks so beautiful in the pix.

  19. Jules:
    I have found that the thermal patches help Ian’s growing pains and also the unscented aspercream/bengay/ type creams work on Ian. I will rub him down and it seems to help a little.
    Also I make him eat a banana before bed it seems the potassium in bananas helps his leg cramps.
    At least that’s what his Dr. recommended just eat banannas. The potassium tablets have helped Ian also, I just cut an adult tablet in half and then crush it and add sugar. All of these have helped Ian- but a good rub down with unscented ben gay and bananas or a little potassium ground up in sugar seems most helpful. 😀

  20. 😀
    I dont give him potassium tablet nightly just when he starts complaining of aches in his knees or elbows.
    If he plays hard during the day, that night I rub him down with some ben gay and give him a banana before bed. He is weird though and loves the smell of regular ben gay so I use scented ben gay.
    The thermal patches have helped but he thought they got too hot.

  21. Thanks so much. I will take your advice. Sometimes she gets real uncomfortable.

  22. Also try putting your old soap pieces under your bottom sheets at about the midcalf. This stops leg cramps and restless leg syndrome. It works for us.

    Rub castor oil on pain areas or arthritis. And while I’m at it, put vicks vaporub on your toes and nails for nail problems. Don’t ask me how? I had surgery on one big toenail, then heard about this and it all cleared up on other foot and did’nt need any surgery on it. :evil 😀

  23. Wow, you never know what you are going to learn. Aaron has been complaining of his legs hurting. He recently gained 6 lbs in a month! He, I can’t rock anymore, I can still lift Sarah above my head, once. I had to get her new shoes, she is a 9 already! Growing up just like her aunt Deb! hehe

  24. I remember rocking Audrie alot but Scott would
    rather rock himself. I will rock Aiden in Dec.

    Wish I could of seen Marilyn & Gil more but I was
    glad I got to see them at all. Gil said to stop and smell the roses some and I heard it again on the radio as a confirmation. Thanks I need it. I’m for letting the cob webs sit as I rock the babies.

  25. That post way up there about visiting my Grandsons was from me in case you wondered, Jules. We had a really good time. I did get to see Kelli a couple of times. Was glad of that. The weather turned cold while we were there, so I put a Therma patch on my back, it was feeling tense from the cooler weather. Felt real cosy all day. I have restless leg after I go to bed at night, so I will have to try the suggestions above. Thanks guys.

  26. Julie, I posted about the Therma patch on the soup site, but wanted to tell you to be careful with it cause I did get a little burn from it one time when I used it. I probably was laying on it to long. But I love em.

  27. Jules:
    I love sitting with Ian every night when he wants to cuddle and calm down. He loves to lay on my lap while I rub his forehead or he loves to just talk. I hope he will still let me do this for at least a few more years Ha Ha. I love cuddling with him this is one thing I will miss someday.
    He is being curious about nicknames lately. He says he does not have a nickname. Well we came up with one the other night. It is “[Tuck]”.
    When he was 3 years old one day he walked up to me and said I love you honkinityittuck (honk-in-ity-it-tuck) and he still to this day says that to me. I dont know where he came up with this but it was so cute- so the last letters are tuck and that is his new nick name.

  28. Julie, how much V-8 do you put in that soup?, There are several sizes, and I just couldn’t make up my mind. Thanks. :cry

  29. The big can of it. Not the little personal sized cans. I’m not sure how many ounces. If I go to the store I’ll check. 😀

  30. Kandi, Elaina made up the name turkey-piggy-booger-knocker! Or booger-knocker-turkey-piggy!!

    Aunt Kelli, it’s good to hear from you! Enjoy the roses!

  31. I will be having a new grandbaby to rock and hold!
    I think we can even appreciate the little ones and
    not be so nervous. At least when I had my first one I was not sure what to do with her. I just want to rock and sing and read to this one. Love You All

  32. I feel like I’m a better mom with the fourth than I was with the first. I mean I don’t freak out if she has a bad attitude etc. Now I realize the stages pass and to not sweat it. I am more relaxed.

    Being a grandparent has got to be the best!