The Early Days

Adoration. Elation. Admiration.

Each time Motherhood encircles me and I find myself once again caring for a precious newborn, I am tenderly reminded at how deep my love of babies runs and how much I adore this stage.

It is everything about them. The folds of their soft neck, the downy tufts of hair, every little sigh and squeak they emit while asleep.

It is being surrounded by handmade blankets and tiny knit sweaters as soft as a bunny’s belly.

As much as the laundry piles up, there’s a thrill in folding perfectly white onsies, matching darling little socks, and hanging a row of frilly dresses in the closet.

It’s knowing that nothing else matters outside of the family cocoon, and nothing is worth more than falling asleep with your baby asleep on your chest.

The nourishing and bonding that happens now is far more important that anything that could possibly be going on outside the home – or in the virtual world.

I love every stage of childhood, but I think the most beautiful, most cherished, are the fleeting days and weeks of a newborn. Clara is one month old today, and I fully intend to enjoy every moment I can with her.

You won’t find me posting much in this space (I’m even taking a blogging break from Simple Bites) because, as I’m sure you’ll understand, I’m making the most of the early days…

** All images courtesy of Angela Chin of Tim Chin Photography**

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. Beautifully written post Aimee. How could it not be…your subject is so precious and lovely. Photographs by Angela Chin are just as little Clara and your family…priceless.

  2. She is so darling and it's so lovely to read your thoughts on this time period. Thank you for sharing and enjoy every moment in the cocoon

  3. I agree one hundred percent. The first few weeks are always my favorite.

  4. Oh how I miss this stage… I wish it would last longer than it does, don't you? Such precious time. Enjoy!

  5. we'll miss you while you're gone, but in the best way. i certainly can't think of a better way for you to be spending time. enjoy. you both look so, so lovely! (can't wait to see you and meet clara this summer!)

  6. LOVELOVELOVE seeing you and your beautiful girl!!! This is just beautiful Aimee!

  7. *tears* I too LOVE the baby stage. So sweet, innocent and cuddly. Clara is so precious. Enjoy your bonding time!

  8. Thanks for your words and sharing the photos. I love Clara's little wrinkles! Enjoy soaking in this important time 🙂

  9. You should absolutely take a break Aimee…Clara is just precious.

    I hope you dont' mind, I gave you an award on my blog. I love reading your recipes. 🙂

  10. Anonymous says

    You are so right. I miss the early days (minus the complete lack of sleep) so soak them up. The photos are beautiful and this was a very sweet post. Congrats!

  11. Aimee, what a beautifully written post and pictures. Just seeing you holding your baby girl makes me so excited for June. I can't wait to hold a newborn once again. Have a wonderful break.

  12. it's the smell of newborn babies that has hit me after each of mine was born – that soft, fleshy, warm smell. Perhaps you have to be their Mum to appreciate it! Congrats, Aimee 🙂

  13. Congratulations!!! She is absolutely beautiful, what a little darling! Thank you for sharing — those first few weeks really are incredible and so fleeting! All the best to you and your wonderful family.

  14. You both are so beautiful. Very evocative of those precious first days.

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