Friday, November 8, 2013

babies dont keep.

i am so thankful to have this growing healthy sweet baby boy. 
but it is so bittersweet to watch him grow.
every day that he reaches a new milestone or does something for the first time, i could cry for joy.
and then i can usually find myself gasping at the wonderment of how he is so big, so fast!

mother oh mother, come shake out your cloth
empty the dustpan, poison the moth
hang out the washing, make up the bed
sew on a button and butter the bread.

where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
shes up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

oh ive grown as shiftless as little boy blue,
lullaby rockaby lullaby loo
dishes are waiting & bills are past due
pat a cake darling, and peek - peekaboo

the shoppings not done and theres nothing for stew
and out in the yard theres a hullabaloo
but im playing kanga, and this is my roo.
look! arent his eyes the most wonderful hue?
lullaby rockaby lullaby loo

the cleaning and scrubbing can wait til tomorrow
but children grow up, as ive learned to my sorrow
so quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep!

im rocking my baby
and babies dont keep.

- ruth hulbert hamilton


  1. I love that poem. Motherhood is so bittersweet. I love watching D grow up, but it makes me so sad every month that passes, every milestone that he reaches and every day that goes by because they're passing so quickly.You're a great momma and Crue is one very, very lucky little boy. If only more momma's loved their babies like you love him...XO

  2. I might be drying my eyes out right now! I need to get a print of this soon! Every time Clay does something new (lately walking), I get so happy then just start crying because I picture him walking across the stage getting his diploma. It just goes too fast for this mama.

  3. It's amazing how fast our little ones grow. Bittersweet it all is.
    Love the poems. *tear*

  4. I love that poem. It is so incredibly bittersweet. Every new thing they do is so exciting but also a sign that they're getting farther and farther from the smooshy little babies we held 3.5-4 months ago.