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(CJ wrote this in just two hours)
A is for angel, sent from above,
B is for baby, smothered with love,
C is for cute as cute can be
D is for diapers and changing them for me
E is for everything baby and more
F is for father walking the floor
G is for glad you are finally here
H is for hiccups that are funny and dear
I is for icky sticky messing
J is for Jesus and His blessing
K is for kisses and kindness and keep
L is for Love, so wide and deep
M is for Mommy and her loving arms
N is for Never coming to harm
O is for oat cereal and later Cheerios
P is for precious little fingers and toes
Q is for quiet, baby is sleeping
R is for relatives, always come peeping
S is for sleep, but not for your folks
T is for tub and all those long soaks
U is for unconditional as in love from your parents
V is for very active as you will soon merit
W is for wakeful, watchful and wise
X is for the Xtra special light you brought to our eyes
Y is for you--who is as bright as the sun
Z is for zest of living that you gave us, little one.
(adapted from an old song)
Baby Face, you've got the cutest little baby face,
There's no other who could take your place,
Baby Face, my poor heart is jumpin'
you sure have started somethin'
Baby Face, I'm in heaven
when I'm in your small embrace.
We didn't need a shove,
Cause we just fell in love,
With your pretty baby face!
In a world that's all brand-new,
Babies have so much to do!
Laughing, making funny faces,
Finding out those ticklish places . . .
Cuddling up and wiggling toes,
Looking cute in tiny clothes . . .
Tasting, touching, reaching high,
Crawling under, scooting by . . .
Learning words and having fun . . .
Making memories one by one.
Would you know the baby's skies?
Baby's skies are mother's eyes
Mother's eyes and smile together
Make the baby's pleasant weather.
Mother, keep your eyes from tears
Keep your heart from foolish fears
Keep your lips from dull complaining
Lest the baby think it's raining.
you are more perfect than I could have hoped, more beautiful than I could have dreamed, more precious than I could have imagined... ...I love you more than I could have known.
At first you didn't lift your head;
You didn't know to smile.
The time before you knew my voice
Seemed such a long, long while.
I couldn't wait for you to roll,
And then to sit and clap.
And now you're off and crawling,
Not helpless in my lap.
Why didn't someone tell me
How fast a baby grows,
That every little baby stage
Soon comes, but sooner goes.
So I'll enjoy the fleeting time
Before you learn to walk.
And treasure every tiny noise
Before you learn to talk.
For soon you'll learn to walk,
And talk and sing a song,
And never be my babe again.
The babe's forever gone.
Little baby, take your time,
For while you're tiny, you are mine.
(Helen Steiner Rice)
A wee bit of heaven
drifted down from above--
A handful of happiness,
a heartful of love.
The mystery of life,
so sacred and sweet--
The giver of joy
so deep and complete.
Precious and priceless,
so lovable, too--
The world's sweetest miracle,
baby, is you.
(by Ruth Hulbert Hamilton
adapted by Wendy Lyn)
Cleaning and scrubbing
can wait 'til tomorrow
For babies grow up,
we've learned to our sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs,
Dust go to sleep,
I'm rocking my baby
and babies don't keep.
(Dessie Reeves, 10/21/04, used with permission)
Star is our
beautiful baby girl
with a tiny soul
sweet and new,
That your Daddy and I
that the world
was waiting for
adorable little girl
just like you . . .
Blessings come in many shapes,
In sizes large and small,
But a brand new little baby
is the sweetest of them all.
(by Michael Card, based on a poem by George MacDonald)
Where did you get those eyes so blue?
They're from the sky that you passed through.
Where did you get that little tear?
Did you find that it was waiting for you here?
And what about your little nose?
He knew you'd need it for the rose.
And as for your soft curly ear,
He knew there would be songs for you to hear.
How can it be that you are you?
He thought you up and so you grew.
Because you're mine, it must be true
That He was also thinking of me too.
For all you are, and all you'll be,
For everything you mean to me,
Though I don't understand,
I know you're from the Father's hand.
(C. Knauf 2003, used with permission)
If I could speak, here's what I would say
Happy in your arms, I want to stay.
I am your gift, and you are mine too!
Let love bond together, both me and you.
Lets enjoy this time, right here, right now.
Don't let a schedule furrow your brow.
Right now is the time, for me to hold,
when you're less busy, I'll be too old.
Snuggle me tenderly, close to your chest
it is here next to you, I am, at my best.
Your rhythmic breathing and beating heart,
Contentment, and comfort, to me impart.
To see you, smell you, assured by your voice,
all, wonderfully simple, yet help me rejoice.
A cuddle, a kiss, some playful fun and frolic,
Can banish a mood, and prevent nasty colic.
Hold me, hug me, please show me your day
You'll be sharing your love, in a marvelous way.
My learning is best when perched at your side
with arms as my classroom and you as my guide.
Please hold me up high, so I might see
All the many wonders, surrounding me.
With time spent close, as you socialize,
My mind expands and clearly I vocalize!
When you work, walk or take a short trip
With me safely balanced, upon your hip
My muscle tone and self esteem are greater,
I'll be walking much sooner, rather than later.
When we are in 'touch', it reduces our stress
We are happiest then, and worry much less.
Safe in your arms, dispels all my fears.
My beaming smiles, replace anxious tears.
To dream of our future is significant too,
And I know a career is important to you.
When I am older, then we'll join in the race
We'll be more able, to keep up the pace.
Right now, what I know, as certain and right
Is that you are my sun, the source of my light.
I don't need many things, expensive or new.
What I need is your love, your time and you.
How much do babies cost? Said he
The other night upon my knee;
And then I said: "They cost a lot;
A lot of watching by a cot,
A lot of sleepless hours and care,
A lot of heartache and despair,
A lot of fear and trying dread,
And sometimes many tears are shed
In payment for our babies small,
But everyone is worth it all.
For babies people have to pay
A heavy price from day to day--
There is no way to get one cheap,
Why, sometimes, when they're fast asleep
You have to get up in the night
And go and see that they're all right,
But what they cost in constant care
And worry, does not half compare
With what they bring of joy and bliss,
You'd pay much more for just a kiss.
Who buys a baby has to pay
A portion of the bill each day;
He has to give his time and thought
Unto the little one he's bought
He has to stand a lot of pain
Inside his heart and not complain;
And pay with lonely days and sad
For all the happy hours he's had.
All this a baby costs, and yet
His smile is worth it all, you bet."