Her Baby

The music clicks on.

I watch them begin to move to the soft melody.

I flash to a picture I once saw of a chubby, blond-hair, blue-eyed little boy with a grin that clearly lit up any room like a ray of sunshine.

I picture her rocking this baby in her arms, singing softly, imagining a future for him.

I picture them dancing together, perhaps his wobbly feet on hers as the little boy begins to take the first steps on a journey to independence that would lead to this day.

I imagine her laying in bed just 12 hours ago, simultaneously celebrating the man whose wedding she would be attending the next day, and mourning the blond haired little boy love of her life.

For a moment in time, they dance together, 31 years of memories between them.

They are center stage with all eyes on them.

Tears well at the corner of my eyes as I catch hers.

I want her to know that her baby’s heart is safe with me. That I will protect it with everything that I am. That I will not hurt him. That she has done an amazing job raising the man that became my husband just a hour ago.

I smile as I watch them, their movements comfortable. Their laughter contagious. Her love, palpable.

I know that he is my husband today, but her little boy always.

I hold this moment in my heart, as I watch them dance, mother and son.

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53 Responses to Her Baby

  1. Jo says:

    Been there. It’s very hard to let your baby boy go and yet, the new daughter is such a gift. Lovingly written and this momma was touched. ♥
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  2. Amrita says:

    Such a beautiful moment and thought to treasure. Love this post! You’ve captured powerful emotions in such lovely words.
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  3. Beth says:

    As the wife of a wonderful man who had a loving relationship with his mother and as a mother who is blessed with both a close relationship with my son and a daughter-in-law who is everything I’d have chosen for him, your words resonated deeply and brought tears. The really sweet kind.
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  4. Paula Martin says:

    Beautiful post with such wonderful emotions.
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  5. This is an amazing post. Your mother in law is lucky to have such a great daughter in law.
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  6. Weissdorn says:

    This was very touching. Thank you.
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  7. Trish says:

    Beautiful!! That one put tears in my eyes.

  8. Claudia says:

    What an amazing story, very nice!

  9. jen says:

    So sweet and beautifully written Jenn!
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  10. What a lovely post! And so nice to see such understanding from daughter in law to mother in law. Goodness knows I’d seen enough MIL drama over on my blog for a lifetime!
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  11. Robbie says:

    So touching & I love the photo. I have 2 boys of my own and I cannot even begin to imagine dancing at their weddings.
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  12. You made this so simply sweet! Beautiful post.
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  13. stephanie says:

    Sweet post. You’re off to a beautiful, understanding start to your life together. Really lovely.
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  14. This is so sweet and made me miss my mother-in-law, gone almost two years now, so much.
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  15. So beautiful. I have a wonderful relationship with my mother-in-law and I trust you will too. She must feel truly honored and deeply loved when reading this post.
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  16. Delilah says:

    How touching! I wish I had that type of a relationship with my mother in law. I wish I could’ve said something like that to her on our wedding day. But she made it clear from the beginning that I was an intruder, an outsider. I’m glad you have that relationship. I hope one day I will have that with my future daughter in laws. I guess the one good thing to come out of my difficulty with his mother is that I know what NOT to do as a mother in law. There’s my silver lining.
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  17. This is why our cultural rituals, such as weddings, are so important…to celebrate where we have been, and rejoice in what is to come. You captured this so beautifully.

  18. Tearing up a little over here. I have four sons. I hope I get some daughter-in-laws that feel this way about my boys and me. Lovely, Erin

  19. Mayor Gia says:

    Aww, very sweet!
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  20. Susan says:

    this is beautiful, and thoughtful, too – i often forget to think of my mother in law in this light!
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  21. Suzy says:

    That is just so sweet.
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  22. Blond Duck says:

    Gorgeous. I need to check out these other writers.
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  23. Jessica says:

    Oooh, chills, that moment gets me at every wedding!

  24. Oh, so beautiful. Your mother-in-law is blessed to have you in her son’s life. And hers. That moment of them dancing together – perfectly captured.
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  25. Miranda says:

    So beautifully written. Your words created such imagery and emotion.
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  26. So sweet and beautifully written!

  27. So lovely! And very thoughtful of you to understand their connection and her transition.
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  28. k~ says:

    Tender, touching and well written. This was a very nice post to read.
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  29. Ben says:

    I had no dance at my wedding, but this sure made it feel real. Well done.
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  30. this.is.beautiful.
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  31. ah! so nice!
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  32. Mirjam says:

    Such a beautiful post!
    You are so wise, I don’t think I had this understanding when I married my husband.
    Now years later I do, and someday I will dance like this with my boy.
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    • jenn says:

      Thanks! I don’t know how wise I am, but trying to understand how hard that transition was for her was something I worked hard on.

  33. Very touching.
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  34. Jamie says:

    Gah that got me all choked up. I’ve already picked out my song with my oldest. He’s five.

  35. heidi says:

    Oh my goodness! So, so lovely.
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  36. So sweet topped with goosebumps!
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