It Goes Too Fast

It can’t have been six years ago that I was rushing to the hospital to have my second baby. I can remember that night so clearly and especially how it ended- with this little doll:

sleeping baby

We called him our Little Bear. He was such a good baby that I often startled awake to check to make sure he was breathing in the middle of the night. He smiled and giggled and made me feel like it wasn’t impossible to deal with two kids under the age of two.

In the blink of an eye, he turned one.

baby cowboy

Taking steps and desperately trying to keep up with his big brother. Still so happy and the best napper ever. That grin could make anyone fall in love with him.

And then came two.

toddler boy

I almost lost him him, literally lost him, right before he turned two. And just a few short weeks after he turned two, he became a big brother.

He never really hit the terrible twos- he was too sweet for that. Though he kept me on my toes all the time.

Before I knew it, he was three.


Three was busy. It was when we went to Disney World, got his lead poisoning diagnosis, and moved to North Carolina.

Before we could even take a breath, he was four.

boy birthday

And I couldn’t call him a baby any more.

Four passed in an even bigger blur to become five.

5 year old

5 meant all-day school. It also meant a rough year. But he was ready to fight. And, as always, love fiercely.

And on May 7, 2012, 5 becomes 6.

birthday boy

It goes too fast.

Too fast for my mama heart.

So, I’ll try to enjoy every moment.

Happy birthday to my sweet Little Bear.

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  1. Aw, Shell…you brought a tear to my eye. So sweet, and he is just SO cute!!! 
    And, it does go so fast. 
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  2. Happy Birthday Little Bear! He’s simply gorgeous.
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  3. I hope he had a wonderful day! What a cutie!
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  4. It does go by… WAY. too. fast. Happy birthday to Little Bear. And happy “Birth” Day to mommy too. :)
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  5. It does go by too fast—happy birthday to your big guy!
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  6. Aww your little bear is such a big boy now! Happy Birthday!
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  7. He is so adorable! Happy Sweet Birthday to Little Bear! Where is the pause button?!
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  8. It sure does go by way too fast. Happy Birthday to your Little Bear!
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  9. I agree with you, he is so very cute! Happy birthday Big Guy! Don’t grow up too fast.
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  10. It does all go too fast.  My oldest turns 15 and Baby turns 5 in June.  WOW.

    He’s adorable, hope he has a wonderful Birthday.  My kids love the attention the get at school for their Birthday.
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  11. Gracious Shell! He’s beautiful… truly beautiful and when I look at his sweet face, I wish for you and him all of his troubles and struggles would go away.

    Happy Birthday Bear!
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  12. Happy Birthday to your Little Bear. He’s so adorably sweet. My middlest is very similar. xo
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  13. He is so cute, and precious.  Happy Birthday!  He and my husband share the same birthday. 
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  14. He’s just too darn cute! Gotta love May babies. ;) Happy birthday to your little bear!
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  15. Oh Happy Birthday to such an adorable little guy. It goes by so fast doesn’t it? I feel the same about my youngest who is so close in age to his siblings. He has grown up so quickly right behind them. 
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  16. You have the most adorable cherubs my dear – the apples didn’t fall far from the tree ;)

  17. What a sweet smile and joyful eyes. It sounds like he and his brothers bring great happiness to your household!
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  18. He is such a handsome guy.  Happy birthday to Bear!
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  19. He is adorable. Happy birthday to your Little Bear!
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  20. Happy birthday to your Bear! 

    You’re right…. it does go really quick. All to soon they’re driving and getting ready for college.
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  21. Happy Birthday Bear! I didn’t know he shared this day with Alexander… or maybe I did and forgot. I can’t think of a cuter kid = and it makes my heart smile. 
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  22. Aww happy Birthday lil man….
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  23. I love this post.  =)  Happy Birthday to him!  He is truly adorable.
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  24. It DOES go in the blink of any eye.  I used to scoff at the wiser older women who would tell me to enjoy every minute and stage with my boys because it would be gone so fast.

    I now get it.

  25. It does go by oh so fast. Happy birthday to your little bear.
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  26. Savor the moments for they are fleeting.  Happy birthday Little Bear!!
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  27. Happy Birthday little Bear! It’s a wonderful day to celebrate!
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  28. Way too fast. What a beautiful post for a beautiful boy. Now to work on stopping time…
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  29. Too fast, indeed. I’ve been looking into some child-freeze for the last couple of years. I would’ve loved to keep my now 4 & 7 year old 3 & 6 for a few years. Seems to go terribly faster as they are getting older… and busier! Amazingly heart-wrenching post, Shell!! 
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  30. Aww – Happy Birthday Bear!

    Now I have to go convince Joey to make a Jujube before Jellybean goes and turns 6 on me! :)
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  31. Every milestone comes with mixed feelings for me. I feel like I’m going to burst with pride while watching my children grow into lovely, talented, self-sufficient young adults.  At the same time, I still want to cut the crusts off of their PB&Js and kiss their boo-boos!  

    Happy birthday to your Little Bear! (He’s a cutie!) Enjoy every moment.

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  32. I hope he had a great birthday! My son will turn 6 this month too. It’s crazy how time flies once you have kids. My second son made time even fly faster. Love them! Stopping by from SITS :)
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  33. This is so stinkin sweet! It really does go by so fast. Happy Birthday to your adorable Little Bear!
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  34. He is gorgeous! Happy Birthday Bear!
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  35. Happy Birthday! He is so adorable ;-) enjoy every minute
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  36. Happy Birthday Bear! He is just too cute and you are right it really does go too fast.
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  37. Aw, happy birthday to your beautiful boy!
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  38. Awww, what a fun and bittersweet walk down memory lane!!  Happy birthday to your precious baby boy….hard to believe how quickly time goes by!
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  39. I’ts terrible how fast they grow isn’t it! Happy birthday Little Bear! Hope you have a great day!
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  40. So adorable! I <3 the cowboy pic :)

    Yes, time does fly by & before you know it, they're getting married & having kids of their own. I can't believe my baby is over a year old! I remember going to the hospital to have her, every little detail! And my 7yo, I look at her & go "WOW! How in the hell do I have a 7yo?!". She talks like a regular person too, lol. I love having conversations with her.

    Happy Birthday to your perfectly adorable son. He's definitely a keeper! ;)
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  41. Happy birthday to your little guy! Thank you for sharing him with us! The time goes way too dang fast!!!
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  42. He has the sweetest face. So handsome. Happy birthday to him! (I love how you went back through the years!)
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  43. It really DOES go too fast. . .

    The years just start flying by.

    My daughter turns the big 1-0 on Thursday.


    Ten years, really???  REALLY?

    Where did the time go?  Wasn’t it only yesterday that I held her in my arms and rocked her to sleep as she drank a bottle?


    Yes, the years are going by way too fast.
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  44. Adorable. Just adorable. As my (8 1/2-yr-old) baby sat in my lap this morning, I begged him to stop growing so fast. He just kissed my nose and vowed to try. Then he asked for a facebook account. ::sigh::
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  45. Happy birthday, Bear!! 
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  46. He has such a sweet little baby face. Happy Birthday to him!
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  47. It truly does go by so so so fast. It’s not far sometimes. 

    Hope your Little Bear has the best birthday. 
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  48. Happy birthday to your Little Bear! He is so sweet and beautiful. Wow. 
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  49. He is such a handsome boy. And he has a wonderful Mama who fights for him and with him everyday. Happy Birthday big guy. xo

  50. I so love this post and how you wrote it.  It’s too true…it goes so fast.

    Happy Birthday to your Little Bear!  What a handsome ‘lil dude he is.
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  51. He is getting so big so quickly. I feel like I know him, but I have never met him. Happy Birthday, Bear!!
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  52. Happy birthday to your little man!! Time flies doesn’t it?

  53. Happy Birthday Bear!  I guess I never made the connection that your Bear is only a month older than my little one.  I think they are a match made in heaven.
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  54. Happy Birthday to your Bear! He is so adorable :)
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  55. He is such a cutie! Happy birthday little man!
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  56. He’s adorable….and such a big boy! And you’re right, it does go too fast….way too fast!
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  57. I did this kind of post for my AJ’s 6th birthday and I couldn’t get over the progression of the photos and how BIG he got. Happy Birthday to your Bear!
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  58. How you don’t dip this face in your tea to sweeten it…I have no idea! He is the cutest! Whenever I see any of your boys on Instagram they always make me smile. Happy, Happy Birthday to your sweet Bear!
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  59. Happy Birthday to Bear! I just posted a similar sentiment since my daughter turns 7 on Friday!
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  60. Happy birthday kiddo! 
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  61. aww…Happy Birthday to that sweet little face!!  Also, the 5 year picture, that little face behind him looks just like Momma!  Such adorable boys you have!  So, when are you trying for a girl?  hahahahahahaha
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  62. Oh how I love the through the years photos!

    And oh my, yes – so, so very fast.

    Happy birthday to your sweet boy!
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