5.09.2012

BEING HENRY HOLBROOK'S MOTHER


being henry holbrook's mother means: knowing to take a bite of his ham, because henry holbrook's mother knows that ham slices have to be "broken in" first.

being henry holbrook's mother means: knowing to ask what a lion says before laying him on his back to change his diaper, because henry holbrook's mother knows that you must engage in thoughtful conversation before he'll submit to letting you see him with his pants down.

being henry holbrook's mother means: knowing that he does not like any kind of cheese except for cream cheese (and making sure he doesn't eat so much cream cheese that he makes himself sick), because henry holbrook's mother knows that the boy has absolutely no self control where cream cheese is concerned. (just like his mom.)


being henry holbrook's mother means: knowing how to listen very intently when he has something on his mind he wishes to discuss, and not letting on that you have no idea what he's saying, because henry holbrook's mother knows how important it is that he feels "heard." being henry holbrook's mother means knowing exactly when to say, "oh really?' and exactly when to say "i completely understand." 

being henry holbrook's mother means: knowing when he is in the mood to flirt with strangers and when he isn't, and making sure that when he isn't that he has a safe shoulder to bury his face into.

being henry holbrook's mother means: knowing to check the back of his head for food before assuming he's eaten it all, because henry holbrook's mother knows that the back of his head is the best spot to stash snacks.


being henry holbrook's mother means: knowing to pack lots of extra bandaids in the backpack, and just where to stick them on his face when he's feeling feisty. 

being henry holbrook's mother means: knowing to grab at least a dozen extra straws at the bodega for when times get tricky, and having at least two (2) soda bottle lids on hand at all times, plus at least one (1) bath time rubber ducky. 

being henry holbrook's mother means: knowing that when he dangles his foot in the air while nursing it means he wants to have his toes popped. henry holbrook's mother also knows to only pop two toes per foot before it's not fun anymore.


henry holbrook's mother means: knowing she'll have to nurse him back to sleep at least once, but usually twice... and sometimes up to four times in a single afternoon nap.


but she doesn't mind.
because being henry holbrook's mom is pretty much the greatest.

68 comments :

  1. Your posts on motherhood make me so hungry for my own little one! Someday!

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  2. such good story telling of huck's personality these days. It's always kinda fun to hear how little ones are developing their own little personalities, but so many just write things like...
    "the baby is so cute these days he likes cream cheese so much its so cute" and lets be honest that is boring!

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  3. beautiful post on motherhood. it made me think of my own little lady and all of her wonderful antics. huck seems like such a sweetie, and you are such a proud mama. i love that :)

    xo, amanda

    http://mamawatters.blogspot.om

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  4. Henry Holbrook has a pretty great mother!

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  5. so, sooo sweet. my goodness, woman. you're making me want a baby too.

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  6. before reading your blog, i always said i just wanted to have little girls...no boys, thanks! now, however, my thoughts have changed. thanks to you, and henry holbrook.

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  7. Love this post! You look gorgeous in these photos.

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  8. He's lucky to have you as his mama :)

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  9. Boys are the best... I love being Julian mother. We love reading about you and henry holbrook..:O)

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  10. i love this. and can't wait for you to have another little to know.
    love, lindsay

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  11. What beautiful sentiments!!

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  12. Love this! I just found out yesterday that I'm having a boy this October!

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  13. lovely post! I love your writing

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  14. Loved this so much. I love your blog the mostest.

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  15. I just love this, I love that he has a little personality, you are such a good mother for henry holbrook.


    http://gandacummings.blogspot.com

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  16. Love, love, love this post. Rock on, mama.

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  17. I love how easily you capture motherhood and share it with us!!

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  18. this whole post made me smile (: it's gals like you that make me excited to become a mother in the future (:

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  19. best post ever. and i say that with 100% certainty: best blog post i have ever read.
    as an aside to being Henry Holbrook's mother, you are one amazingly gifted writer.

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  20. my mom always "broke in" my sister and I's fresh handmade tortillas. (:

    esthefanyarochi.blogspot.com

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  21. best line? "because henry holbrook's mother knows that you must engage in thoughtful conversation before he'll submit to letting you see him with his pants down." hahaha!

    how lovely to be henry holbrook's mother!

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  22. That's so sweet! He's a cutie pie

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  24. I´m from Portugal, and i´m in love for your blog! Love´it!

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  25. Oh, Nat, you are such a darling mother! You make motherhood so beautiful, and Sir Henry Holbrook is so darn lucky to have a mother like you!

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  26. I love this. I can't wait to learn these little things and experiences from my own darling very soon.

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  27. so dang cute (: I loved this

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  28. I know I say this every time you talk about huck, but gosh darn you make me want to be a mom sooo bad. I love that all the joy you find in it and I can't wait to have that someday.

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  29. This is the cutest post! You are such a great momma!

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  30. Nat, that was so beautiful! I really love your writing when you take the time for these posts (but your other posts and style ones are pretty cute too!)

    Shannon
    www.11thandshannon.com

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  31. Ah, I love this post. That profile pic of you guys is just priceless. And I had to laugh out loud reading about Huck's favorite food hiding spot. My daughter, Ellie, is always rubbing her food hands in her hair. Being a for checker is an awesome job and I'm glad I get to do it too.

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  32. you are such a wonderful moma! I <3 this!

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  33. This is such a cute post! I love the way you use "being henry holbrook's mother means...". I have twins who are in their early 20's and going to college now. Enjoy Huck at every stage, because, as the ol' saying goes, they grow up so fast. And they do!

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  34. oh Natalie that top picture kills me, ever so sixties. Please do a photo shoot with what I like to call the Sixties filter. In that sixties fashion. :)

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  35. he's going to love this when he gets older. i, too, like to be engaged in thoughtful conversation before someone sees me with my pants down.

    JOKES.

    and that second to last picture - such a beautiful picture of you and of motherhood in general. stunning.

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  36. Love this post. LOVE!

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  37. i love this post! it's adorable! my 4 month old buries his head in my shoulder too-it's the cutest thing!

    http://babybakerlove.blogspot.com/

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  39. this is the sweetest post, natalie. you seem like such a great mama. i have a little girl huck's age, and i think being her mother is the most awesome job ever.

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  40. Love this post!!! You have such an amazing way with words Natalie.

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  41. Beautiful post, you're a lucky gal.

    I just bought that bedding today! Sometimes West Elm just gets me..other times it's like it doesn't know me at all.

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  42. Great post and the black and white photos are drama! In a good way..:)

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  43. What a beautiful post. So true,being a mum to two boys I can relate to 99% of the things that you have written. I'm only new to your blog and love it all so far, you do an amazing job, and love reading it everyday...Maria..xx

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  44. Loved this post! And you are lucky :) We are still waiting to get pregnant with our first, and although it's a long hard wait, I am excited to have an even deeper appreciation and love for motherhood once the time comes!
    -Monica
    www.freakoutanddropdead.com

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  45. beautiful post! a great reminder to treasure all those little quirks before our little ones grow up and our memory becomes hazy.

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  46. Only a mom could know such personal things about their children. A very lovely post. :)

    http://ashtonanddiscourse.blogspot.com

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  47. I love how you view motherhood. It is inspiring. I am a new mom and I hope that I can have your perspective and attitude someday.

    I am in love with your blog. The end

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  48. What does a lion say? I want to know! I have a wriggly little boy who doesn't like diaper time, and I could use all the tricks I can get!

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  49. This was just so sweet!!

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  50. yes, I also wonder what your lion sounds like because my lion sounds really pathetic. My horse is really good though.

    I always read and never comment, but I really loved this post! Great!

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  51. this is beautiful. i love your creativity.

    mylettchronicals

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  52. Beyond beautiful. You have such a lovely way with words:)
    Kate

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  54. Wow Hason you might just win the mean spirit award with a comment like you just made.

    I liked the repetition of your post Natalie and thought this would be quite a lovely children's book.

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  55. Please make this post into a sweet little book! This was the most charming thing I have ever read about motherhood!

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  56. love this post! no one knows what children like or dislike better than their mothers...i consider it such a privilege to know my daughter on such a deep and all encompassing level. happy mother's day to you!

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  57. What a lovely post, Nat. I got halfway through before I had to set the mood, as this post is particularly special. I got on YouTube and put on Beast of Burden by The Rolling Stones then read through the entire post.

    <3

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  58. Love your shoes! Where are they from?

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  59. I love this post. It's absolutely wonderful.


    www.accidentallybeautiful.com

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