my favorite stage is now.

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the other day i was sitting on the sofa with both eleanor and samson when eleanor asked me, “mama, can samson talk?” i explained to her that he is learning how to talk right now. every time he makes noises and sounds… he is trying. i told her that she is his best teacher. because samson tries to mimic everything she does and says throughout the day more than anyone else.  it’s a very big job, eleanor! being in charge of teaching samson to use his words. “yeah!” she replied. “i his teacher!”  she then leaned into samson as she pointed at her own chest and said, “i eleanor. can you say that, little guy? eeellll- leeeee – norrrrr.” my mama heart was bursting.   samson made some sort of “eh” sound which eleanor took to be a very good attempt. “good job!” she said. then she looked at me with her head tilted to one side and commented that “he’s so cute.” i almost fell on the floor.  YOU’RE so cute, eleanor. why are you so freaking cute?!

right now, eleanor truly believes that sticky tape can fix anything and asks for ketchup with everything. her favorite color is blue and she prefers to run around the apartment butt naked.  samson can find every airplane in the sky before i can and will turn around and back himself into my lap while holding a book which is his way of saying “please read to me”. the other day he grabbed my cheeks between his hands and kissed me on the lips unexpectedly.  they make me so happy.

all of the stages of motherhood i’ve experienced so far have been my favorite for different reasons. that newborn stage where they are so tiny and cuddly and sleep on you all day long. that stage where they learn to army crawl with their butts up in the air and then sit up on their own and flip through books with gummy smiles and drool for days down their shirts.  that stage where they begin to recognize the things they especially love… certain people, trains, colors, balloons! and you watch this tiny personality begin to take shape and life.  but this stage i’m in right now, where my 2 1/2 year old keeps me company all day long by talking and talking and talking and my 16 month old observes her with the utmost awe and fascination, this stage is really really my favorite.

i’ve never done any of this before and it can all be a bit hard to navigate at times.  sometimes i feel like all i’m doing is meddling with these perfect spirits and placing my own fears and habits and short comings on them. i spend a lot of my time crossing my fingers and praying i don’t screw them up too terribly. gosh my prayers are a mess. i’m just thankful i’ve been given this chance, with these two beautiful healthy and happy babes.

so here’s to this beautiful stage of motherhood where i wouldn’t mind if time slowed down and let us linger right here a bit longer. because it really really is my favorite season and sometimes i feel like i’m going to wake up soon and it will all have been a very short dream.

  1. Kelly

    Aww, this is absolutely adorable! I can tell everyone else agrees with my by just how far I had to scroll down to leave this comment. I read your blog religiously and I feel like I am growing up with you and your family – I love it! Thank you for sharing all of these great details about a day in the life of a Davis!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  2. Karlee

    Loved this post! My son is 5 months old today and I feel like each stage is more fun than the last and I’m so, so grateful he’s been entrusted to me.

  3. Sarah

    I love this. I have two littles as well {2 1/2 and 7 months} and I feel like I am able to do a much better job of being completely present with my baby and not wishing anything away because I learned with my first how incredibly fast time goes with them. It is hard, it is exhausting, but it is just a season. It is just a season that goes oh so quickly and is my favorite as well. Every age and stage they hit is my very favorite!

  4. Samantha

    Gosh I love you. You are by far my favorite blogger and I am so thankful for finding you through instagram! I am not a mother, and I can’t imagine how it feels to have your own child kiss you like Samson did. You are such a great mom!

  5. Conny

    You got this Naomi! There is no correct or perfect way to raise children. But as long as you are giving them love and letting them be creative in their own way ( like we all know you are! ), well then you are going towards the right direction :-) Your kiddos are so sweet!

  6. Chiara

    I only wanted to say that I really think you’re a very good mama for this incredible littles.
    Both Eleanor and Samson are so lucky!
    Thanks for keeping us aware of yours and theirs progress and life.
    Reading this blog is a very big pleasure to me.

  7. I had this exact conversation with my visiting teacher today. My daughter is a month younger than Eleanor and 2 1/2 has to be my absolute favorite. Her little imagination is really starting to bloom! And my 4 month old boy is in that perfect snuggly stage still, but also with a great laugh and he’s starting to grab at things. I never want this stage to end!

  8. Hiroko

    Sometimes taking care of kids is so much taught but most of the time, seeing that they are growing up make us happy and smile. You are great mom!

  9. Luisa

    So emotional, true and lovely.

  10. fox

    Admission: I cried while reading the last sentence. Exactly how I feel. All the best from the Arctic Circle (almost)!

  11. Michelle

    What a sweet post. With a newborn and a toddler I feel like I say “I love this stage” every day!

  12. Giulia

    Oh, so sweet! You make me want to have my own family! I loved this post :)

  13. Lovely! I think this is my favorite post that you’ve done. Every stage of my three son’s lives continue to surprise and inspire me.

  14. Lea

    Thank you for sharing this. My husband and I have two puppy children, and are trying for a human one. We left my native DC for North Carolina (his work), and now might be moving to NYC (residency). The thought of a little demanding my attention, navigating a new city, and establishing a residence boggles my mind. You seem quite content with your juggling and give me hope that I will also be able to keep everything aloft.

  15. Skye

    What lovely thoughts. Little people are so very, very precious. As mothers, we are lucky to have them in our lives.

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  17. wynona

    I love it! I’m enjoying mine right now. it’s just amazing to see them grow with you!

  18. Leith

    This was absolutely beautiful. And the toddler stage is by far my favorite too. I can’t wait until I have my own toddlers some day, God willing. You and Josh make absolutely brilliant parents. I can assure you you’re raising exceptional children. – Leith

  19. Sinead

    Such a lovely post :-) You seem to be doing a fantastic job, your kids are so sweet!

  20. elise

    Love following your blog. Can you tell me where you got your black jacket that you wear in some of your posts?

  21. Cassie

    It’s awesome that you posted a pic of you breastfeeding Samson. I’m a new mom to a 2 month old and it’s been the most difficult/rewarding thing I’ve ever done. Thanks for showing how normal/natural it is.

  22. Kelsey

    My eyes teared up from reading about your sweet kids, and my heart melted at the same time. I do not have my own kids yet, but I look at yours and hope they will bring me the same happiness.

  23. Naomi- Where are your adorable rain booties from?!

  24. Emi

    Your littles are the cutest!!! I love hearing these stories about them, and it gets me so excited to one day have little of my own :)

  25. Emi

    Your littles are the cutest!!! I love hearing these stories about them, and it gets me so excited to one day have little of my own :)

  26. chelsea

    You really make me wanna have kids! I’m obsessed with them… so darn cute!!

  27. Oh my goodness, you are such a wonderful lady! This made me tear up. What a sweet mama and a sweet family.

  28. Jude

    What a beautiful post. And so true. I have a 3 1/2 yr old girl (Naomi) and an 18 month old boy (Benjamin)… And am currently expecting my third!!
    The time just goes by so fast. I can hardly believe how big my little girlie is getting. :-(
    All the ages and stages seem so wonderful for different reasons. All full of fun and fear. It’s so easy to get stressed out at the little things. But wonderful when the time is taken to just enjoy them. I have only recently discovered your blog and it has truly inspired me. I have since started my own… Not that anyone will be interested lol, but it’s just lovely to start storytelling and keeping a lovely record of my little family’s goings on. Thanku xxx

  29. Urshula

    Today I found and read the entire blog. I enjoyed every post.
    I adore your blog and your family.

    Thank u for sharing.

  30. Tammy

    You are such an inspiring mama Naomi! Every time I visit your little corner of the interweb I leave feeling motivated to be more creative and in the moment with my little girl. Thank you for sharing your life with us! x

  31. Lynda O

    What a beautiful post. I always think it’s great when mothers find time to blog. Your kids are adorable and you make the whole idea of motherhood sound wonderful.

  32. This brought tears to my eyes (I may be uber emotional today) and made me so excited for all the memories that I’ll hopefully have a chance to be making with my husband and future children. You are absolutely blessed with two beautiful babies and are an absolute blessing to your children as well. I hope I will be as good a mother as you are to E and S. <3

  33. And aren’t messy prayers what fit perfectly with messy parenting, where you know and trust deep down that you will find a source of light and strength in you that will allow your kids to grow into strong, loving, and successful human adults? “I his teacher,” what a sweet soul. Your mission deeper and more defined than ever before, your celebrations are beautiful – in all the messy ways that are colorful and real.

    Thank you for sharing.

    XO Rebecca

  34. Molly

    Such a beautiful and honest post. Absolutely adore your writing and the love you have for your family.

  35. I guess cute, adorable parents make cute, adorable kids :) You’re doing a great job with your children, don’t be afraid. <3

  36. Angela Joy

    This post made me smile. You have a lovely family. :-)

  37. Motherhood can be so hard and scary and challenging, but isn’t it the best thing ever? I have a hard time picking a favorite stage with my two littles, too. I’ve loved every single one!

  38. Tish

    Seriously my favorite post thus far from you. Love your honesty about screwing up perfect spirits. xoxo

    You’re a good egg, Charlie Brown.

  39. Katie

    What a lovely blog post! You are such a good momma.
    ps. Youve probably been asked this but where did you get your boots? they look comfy!

  40. Em

    I do love reading about your family! I look at your pictures, and even when you have a day that hasn’t been a great one for you, it always looks worth it – always. I hope so much I can take it all in my stride the way you do (and I’ll be stoked if my kid is just a quarter as cute as yours are; I know we’re just meant to want them healthy, but I want ’em cute, man!).

  41. Laura

    Crying for your joy and my yesterdays! My children are young adults now and have left the nest. I really miss those days sometimes!

    I am just happy to share in your discovery of motherhood and the joy you find in your babies discovery of life.

  42. Randi

    I have a feeling every stage is great. And all challenging in their own special ways. Soak in every moment. It will definitely seem like a very short blip of time some day. I already am at a loss for what happened to my 3 year old. My baby is now my big girl! Stop the clock!

  43. Sameemah

    this made my day! i love this stage too… i have 2 the same ages… i feel so happy inside and like i wana hug your family coz you guys are sooo adorable.. #pricelessmoments

  44. sherley

    you made me cry naomi. im an 18 year old college student from new york and i always keep up with your blog. lots of love for you and your loved ones.

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  46. Adrienne

    Oh, my goodness, this post made me tear up. You make motherhood and marriage, although I’m sure it’s tough at times, look so wonderful. This blog is a great reminder for a single, twenty-something like myself that having my own family one day is definitely what I want in life. Bless you, Naomi. (o:

  47. Vanessa

    What an adorable little post! Your two little ones sure are cute and I have no doubt that you’re doing an amazing job and will continue to do so in the future! :)

  48. Rachel Hagen

    Such a beautiful post! I love what you said about S backing into your lap with a book–so perfectly written and true! I need to write that down about Abby. It’s one of my favorite things!