W just turned one.
I think I’ll probably keep saying, “W just turned one,” until he reaches two.
We have survived the first year, so we wanted to celebrate (Read up on How to Survive Your First Year of Motherhood)
We had a weekend filled with fun, including a beach-themed party complete with a bushel of crabs to eat, a ball pit filled with beach balls and W’s first baseball game.
It was a lot of activity and stress for Mommy, Daddy and baby.
Our nightly story before bed was the only time I felt we could decompress and wind down.
It’s the best time.
Good Papa, W and I cuddle up next to each other on the bed and take turns reading the books W chooses.
W is now at an age where he really enjoys looking at the pictures and listening to the story.
This past weekend during our story time, Good Papa brings over the book Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.
OMgoshh! I loveeee that book!!! It always makes me cry!
Good Papa and W both turn and give me the same puzzled look. Good Papa then begins shaking his head, immediately regretting his book choice.
Now, I am not a cryer. AT. ALL.
Titanic? Uh, I think you have plenty of room on that door, Rose.
The Notebook? I shed not a single tear!
Yet, a sweet children’s story written so beautifully by Robert Munsch turns me right into a puddle every single time.
For those of you that are unfamiliar with this story, here is a brief synopsis…
I Love You Forever is a story about a mother and her son. It opens with the mother singing to her son as a baby and takes you through different stages in his life until he reaches adulthood. In each stage of his life, the son does things that drive his mother crazy, but she always takes the time at night to sing him the lullaby.
I won’t spoil the tear-jerking ending; you’ll have to read the book yourself.
As I read the book to W that evening, with Good Papa trying all his might not to roll his eyes at me, the inevitable tears came. This time, however, it was not just the heart breaking scene at the end of the story that caused the tears.
Between words, I glanced over at Good Papa with his own tiny version of himself, both laughing at Mommy’s silliness. I have never felt more content and full of joy. I never wanted the moment to end.
Yet, no matter how much I want to freeze time and squeeze every last second out of each moment, I know life goes on. W will grow.
He will grow and he’ll grow and he’ll grow.
And as he grows, he will continue learn and discover new things and develop his own special personality.
Though I guess that’s nothing to cry about.
W just turned one.
I think I’d better wipe away the tears and live it up with our little family.
Okay, readers, let’s hear it! What book/TV show/movie always makes you cry? Do you love Robert Munsch’s book as much as I do? Let me know in the comment section below.
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And they grow to be lovely adults but always remain your baby. That story always brings tears and I have to choke out the last few pages when I read it aloud. Two more tear-jerkers, at least for me, are The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes (other people have feelings, too!) and The Key to the Treasure by Peggy Parish. Both books are for slightly older children though. Key to the Treasure is the first book I remember reading all by myself and it is a mystery/adventure that sparked my love of reading forever!
MaryKay- I agree with you about the Hundred Dresses. Very good book. I haven’t read The Key to the Treasure though. I might have to pick it up. I’m definitely in need of an easy book to read.
There will be lots of tear-filled joy ahead, Tricia. Just wait until your niece J blogs about HER one-year old.
You are such a good mama!
Ann Marie- It’s crazy to think that J will be that grown up one day! Thank you!
That story makes me choke up as well…especially because of the backstory: http://robertmunsch.com/book/love-you-forever
You won’t ever read it the same way again.
I know how you feel about wanting to freeze the moments with your sweet baby boy. It goes by all too quickly. I feel like I just held my little man for the very first time, and he is about to be half of a year old. 🙁
Hugs your way, lil mama! Didn’t realize we had SO much in common!!
Bekah- Way to make me cry some more!! I did not realize that is what the story was about. Thank you so much for sharing. And, yes, we do have a lot in common!
I love this book! But, I’m a crowd. In fact I welled up just reading this post, and at an insurance commercial from Thailand, and when Denise Huxtable went to college, and the gum commercial with the Dad and the daughter, this list is endless. I do agree. With the Titanic comment, move over! That being said, I is wonderful to watch your children grow. W is lucky to have such loving parents.
Tricia P.- That is too funny! Some people are just more emotional than others I guess.
Crier … autocorrect.
i have always loved this book. so good and cry every time
Katrina- I agree. I love this book!
I love that book too. Baby Mine, the scene from Dumbo and the song in general, never fails to make me cry. I’ve seen the movie countless times and I will still tear up.
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Kori- Yes! That is a tear-enducing scene. That reminds me- I think the beginning of the movie Up and Bambi are two more Disney movies that can make you cry.
I can’t make it through that book – especially since having my own kids!! The kids read the last few pages for me! 🙂
Marya- That’s a good idea. W will have to read it for me once he learns how to read.
This looks like a great book to read! I don’t have any boys but I am sure I can relate to this touching story! I love the pictures! Your boy is such a cutie!
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Esther- Thank you! A lot of people can relate to this book; not just moms of boys.
I avoid reading I’ll Love You Forever because I KNOW I’ll sob like a baby through those last few pages! Everytime. I always start out doing just fine and end up blubbering. The kids give me such weird looks, but one day they’ll be crying their way through it with their own little ones!
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Megan- Yes! W is only 1, but he definitely gave me a weird look when I got all choked up.
I haven’t read this book yet, and now I am going to have to. I am too curious not to.
A movie that makes me cry is ‘Marley & Me’ – Im a huge dog lover and I bought the movie…after I saw it…it was BANNED from my house. I balled my eyes out and was depressed for like 2 days after seeing that movie.
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Yona- I read the book Marley and Me and it was definitely very sad! I don’t think I ever got to watch the movie, but I think I’ll have to now.
Aww…this post is so sweet. I think this book would make me cry too. My little guy is also one, and my daughter is five. These ages are so incredible…where does it all go? Thanks for the touching post!
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Mommy A to Z- Thanks for your comment! I didn’t realize you also had a one year old son.
Aww, how sweet. My grandson just turned 1 as well on August 14th. Happy Birthday little one. Babies grow SO quickly. It’s hard to believe that Baby E is one already. Time flies!
Dee- Congrats! Happy Birthday Baby E! It goes by so quickly.
This is hands down my favorite book I actually still have the one that was mine when I was younger that my son now reads :] And I’ve defiantly shed a few tears while reading it!
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Jackie- I bet my parents still have our copy too. Thanks for the comment!
Sweet post. Time goes by so fast. I would love to read this book, but I don’t want to cry. Might have to put it off for a few years.
Misty- haha, yes, if you don’t want to cry, definitely wait it out!
Just thinking about how sweet that book is makes me tear up. that’s prob one of my favs
Natalie Marie- Thanks for your comment. I agree. It’s becoming one of W’s favs though, so I’m getting passed tearing up every time though (you can only cry so much, right?)
Sounds like such a good book.. They grow up way too fast, enjoy it all, cause 2 will be here soon enough.
Kungphoo- I know! The months just fly by!
Aww, how sweet that you read to the baby together. 🙂 I read to my little one every night. He’s almost 7 now, but it’s still one of our favorite times together.
Rosey- Yes, it’s a nice time for all of us. I remember reading with my parents too. Hope we continue to 7 and beyond!
Oh momma I am right there with you! My little one just turned 1 too! I find myself crying while watching him experience new things, knowing it won’t last forever!
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Ugh, this book has made me cry through years of bedtime stories! I love it, probably one of my favorites.
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Diana- haha It sounds like it makes all moms cry!
I read to the kids every night before bed too and I can’t say how many of the books would make me cry or voice crack. Great times, great memories.
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Kristina & Millie- Oh no! I better not find anymore of these types of books. I think I can only handle one! Thanks for the comment!
I love that book “Love You Forever”. It’s so sweet!
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Heather- Thanks for your comment. It’s a great book!
I’m not that fond of reading tear jerkers. It’s enough for me to imagine how my kids will be leaving us in the future no matter what we do to make me cry. So I only tend to read feel good books.
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TweenselMom- Yes, I should really just stop reading them!
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