moving forward

This kid:

He made 2011 so amazing.

Makes me wonder how it can get better in 2012.

I spent New Years Eve writing his birth story… and oh. my. goodness. it was such an incredible experience.

I’ll be posting it soon.

But first I wanted to share his three-month photos.

Oh Judah, you are a sweet, sweet baby.

He’s chomping on his hands like it’s no ones business these days. He’s starting to drool. He’s sleeping through the night more and more (glory). He’s rolling over occasionally (tummy to back) but not consistently. He’s shrieking and talking and smiling like crazy. He’s getting thigh rolls and tiny little baby man boobs. (Love.)

Aside from all of that “normal” stuff, I wish I could describe how much he’s changed my life. I’ve tried, but there’s so much more I’m not even sure how to articulate.

From our second story window I watched my friend walk out of my driveway and onto the street today. She was trailing behind her four- and six-year-old boys on their bikes.

“That will be me,” I thought to myself.

It’s hard to imagine diapers and drool giving way to bugs and bikes… but looking at Levi lately has made me realize that those days aren’t far off.

He’ll be two later this month, my big, brown-eyed boy. And my goodness he’s changed since he was three months old:

Don’t babies change fast? They keep us grounded and help us remember that life does not sit around and wait for us to jump on board. It moves forward whether we want to keep up or not.

Looking ahead to 2012 makes me excited. New year, new chances to grow and be stretched, new ideas to take shape, new creativity to tap, new milestones to enjoy and record and celebrate, new family dynamic to learn.

I’ve got some goals for the year. They have to do with discipline and hard work… but ultimately they’re the kind that will make my life simplier, easier, more free to enjoy. I really do believe goalsetting—when done well—can help you evolve and move forward into better versions of yourself.

I’m all about that – moving forward.

But as I move forward, oh God, I so want to practice being in the present.

Because in the present I get this – my blue-eyed blondie, my three-month-old life-changer… that won’t be three-months-old for much longer.

Dear friends, what made your 2011 amazing? Oh, and did you hear? I’ve started a new blog. Come say hello if you’d like.

About Author

Adriel Booker is an author, speaker, and advocate based in Sydney, Australia who believes storytelling, beauty, and the grace of God will change the world. Adriel has become a trusted voice in areas of motherhood and parenting, Christian spirituality, and global women's issues. She's also known for her work with the Love A Mama Collective—serving under-resourced women in developing nations through safe birth initiatives—as well as her years spent as a Bible teacher and leadership coach. Her latest book is Grace Like Scarlett: Grieving with Hope after Miscarriage and Loss and she's made the companion grief journal available for free. Find Adriel across all social media platforms at @adrielbooker or sign up for LoveNotes, Adriel's 'secret posts' that aren't published anywhere else online. ✌️


  • Rachel
    4 January 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Wow — look at those bright blue eyes! Isn’t it fun to see how different he looks from Levi? The little man is his own person that’s for sure. You’re so blessed, Adriel. Two precious little boys. 😉

    • Adriel @ The Mommyhood Memos
      5 January 2012 at 9:14 pm

      I know – they look SO different. Judah actually doesn’t look much like anyone in our family – even relatives. He’s his own little man for sure with that white/blond hair!!! (Cuuuuutie!)

  • Nessa
    5 January 2012 at 12:32 am

    Look at those eyes! Our little ones teach us so much.

    • Adriel @ The Mommyhood Memos
      5 January 2012 at 9:15 pm

      i know! they don’t always look so blue in real life (sometimes grayer) but i must have caught the light *just right*! 🙂

  • tracy dickinson
    5 January 2012 at 12:43 am

    funny you should say that about your goals…..i am concentrating on the future while also saying i want to be more present and purposeful with my girls. that is one cute little man!

  • Alicia
    5 January 2012 at 1:05 am

    Wow, three months already? Where did that time go? He’s such a little cutie!

    It’s funny how kids change your life, and your perspective on life so much. Most days, I can hardly remember what i did with myself and my time before Simon came along. He definitely made our 2011 great.

    • Adriel @ The Mommyhood Memos
      5 January 2012 at 9:19 pm

      i know, right??!

      by the way, i’ve been meaning to email you. i still want to publish your guest post!! i just lost it (i’m embarrassed to say) but i have it now. (i got soooo disorganized there for a while – bah!) i’m trying to post more at the moment since my readers dwindled a little as i posted less, but once my page views are closer to normal i’ll post yours! it will be sometime in the next three weeks because i have three left and don’t want to do more than one per week! hope that’s ok! 🙂

  • alison
    5 January 2012 at 10:15 am

    oh my goodness…those little arm rolls and big blue eyes are making me yearn for some more of that squeezy goodness in my life again! i’ll just have to gush over other people’s baby pics since my hubs nixed my suggestions of just ONE more baby 😉 i can absolutely say that my 3 munchkins made 2011 an amazing year!!

    • Adriel @ The Mommyhood Memos
      5 January 2012 at 9:22 pm

      haha, reading baby blogs is enough to keep us pining for babies for many years! they are sooooo cute. but three sounds just amazing. glad you had such a fantastic year – hope 2012 is even better!! x

  • Heather
    5 January 2012 at 2:50 pm

    What a beautiful baby! And looks so different from his brother! But both adorable in their own ways! It’s so true, time keeps on speeding by and our children grow up in what feels like a blink of an eye as we try to keep up and wish they didn’t grow up quite so fast.

    • Adriel @ The Mommyhood Memos
      5 January 2012 at 9:23 pm

      i know, my boys look SO different. judah is his own little man for sure – with his white/blonde hair he doesn’t really look like any of us or our relatives. i love it!! 🙂

  • Courtney Kirkland
    5 January 2012 at 5:38 pm

    What a handsome little guy! He’s getting so big so fast!

  • Branson
    6 January 2012 at 4:33 am

    He is just too darn cute! Love it! Happy 3 months! Wow that went fast 😉

  • garage repairs
    30 June 2013 at 6:01 pm

    The little man is his own person that’s for sure. You’re so blessed, Adriel and boy do they grow up so quickly….one minute you are changing diapers and the next teaching them to drive a car.


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