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    Thursday, August 9, 2007
    "Song for a Fifth Child"

    Not that there's news to tell, but thought it would be nice to share yet another beautiful piece - this nice poem i got on one of my forums. Makes me feel a little better about my pile of ironing :).

    "Song for a Fifth Child"

    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 as 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).

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

    by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton
    (first appeared, Ladies Home Journal, October 1958)

    Monday, August 6, 2007
    my 14-month old
    simon is turning 14 months two days from now, and proud mums like moi would only boast of the tiny things they can do right now. so even if he's still not walking on his own (oh, he does two steps - max. and then he goes down on all fours and crawls like he's in a race. he is very impatient with mastering walking on his own).... he can clap now! we say "bravo", he'll say "javo". he waves bye-bye and try to immitate what we say by saying "lalalalalala....". then he can do hi-fives! (and low-fives, too!) and finally, he knows how to kiss now! he sometimes kiss with smooch sound, or with just an open-mouth and making sure it lands on your lips, or with a tight tuck landing on your cheeks. moments like these feels like heaven! i haven't documented (i.e. took photos or videos) these moments yet, as if feels difficult to do it by myself, but hopefully soon - before he gets tired of it!.

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