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you must have been a beautiful baby

May 24, 2011

When I think of Meghan…I see this little blond baby. The one who would scream bloody murder at the top of her lungs anytime my mom left her field of view.

I see this little squirt at her preschool graduation. The one who followed me everywhere I went.

I see this kid on our living room floor, starting every day with Alice and Wonderland (does anyone else remember the tv show on the Disney channel???) and Arthur.

I see pigtails in the pool and long summer days.

I see this punk, the one who ate part of my bagel every morning before school!

I absolutely, positively do not see this stunning lady…

I’m going to need another box of tissues…

Meghan grew up at my house as one of the many kids my mom babysat through home daycare. And now she’s a senior in high school…graduating in a month…going to prom. PROM!

I’m so glad I was able to go home to see her go off to her big night and snap a few pictures as she left. These are some of my favorites:

And last but not least…about 17 years later…

…I can’t believe it!

Meg, you have grown into such a beautiful young woman. I know you hate our Hallmark conversations…but I’m so proud of you and can’t wait to see you graduate and go take on the world! I’m 100% confident you are going to do wonderful things.

And p.s. thanks for growing up so nicely.

And p.s.s. please be 8 years old again.

107 Comments leave one →
  1. May 24, 2011 10:50 am

    Baby Meghan was to be congratulated. Survival instinct in full working order. Mom disappears -scream!

  2. May 24, 2011 10:50 am

    Just lovely!

  3. May 24, 2011 11:04 am

    What a lovely, loving tribute! We tend to forget that many people in our lives love us and watch us grow, not just our families.

    Great dress, too!

  4. May 24, 2011 11:12 am

    Beautiful post!

  5. May 24, 2011 11:19 am

    Gorgeous dress!!

  6. May 24, 2011 11:22 am

    She looks stunning in that beautiful dress! Such a lovely read…

  7. May 24, 2011 11:24 am

    I really liked this blog. :)

  8. May 24, 2011 11:30 am

    Such a beautiful story through pictures! It makes me want to cry tears of joy (because she’s grown into such a beautiful young woman) and tears of sadness (because she’s all grown up).

  9. May 24, 2011 11:33 am

    She is lovely.
    I love the last two lines. I ask my son to stop growing up on me every. single. day.

  10. May 24, 2011 11:35 am

    That’s so nice. I bet she’s blushing!

  11. Leah permalink
    May 24, 2011 11:37 am

    Thanks for sharing. What great photos! My daughter is 3 and I’m dreading the day she grows as old as Meghan. Time to savor every moment.

  12. anjobanjo22 permalink
    May 24, 2011 11:55 am

    Oh how wonderful! I bet Meghan is going to love this!

  13. caroline permalink
    May 24, 2011 11:59 am

    numbers 3, 6, & 7, from the bottom up, are STUNNING! very lovely.

  14. May 24, 2011 12:08 pm

    She’s a gorgous young lady you should be so proud and I can tell you are :)

    • May 24, 2011 1:27 pm

      What I meant was your mom must be proud! Durr that’s what I get for commenting while doing something else!

  15. May 24, 2011 12:14 pm

    What a lovely tribute. Meghan is loved. My daughter turns 30 today. When I first brought her to Mom’s to visit, she said, “Love her and take care of her. She’s only loaned to you for a little while.” Where did the time go?

  16. May 24, 2011 12:17 pm

    This is such a beautiful post!

    I believe Meghan would love this little piece of history and treasure it deeply! It is so thoughtful of you to write and illustrate this for her!

    That first photo of her in the prom dress after all the kiddie pics just took my breath away!

    Your love for life is evident through your spirited blog, I’m definitely going to return for more! :D And congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

  17. May 24, 2011 12:25 pm

    That’s just sweet!

  18. May 24, 2011 12:49 pm

    This is so good. What a wonderful and heartily tribute to meghan.

  19. Anjali permalink
    May 24, 2011 12:51 pm

    This post is sooo beautiful (: I really love the black and white photo plus the one with the four girls in their prom dresses. Wonderful !

  20. May 24, 2011 1:05 pm

    The same thing will probably happen to me when my little (screaming) pig-tailed toddler grows up, lots of tissues will be required! Beautiful post and congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  21. May 24, 2011 1:08 pm

    What a beautiful girl! My youngest sister is graduating this year, too. I was 12 when she was born and have always felt like a “second mother” to her. Here’s to their very bright futures…

  22. May 24, 2011 1:33 pm

    All the Best Megan You have a wonderful Family make them proud….God Bless

  23. May 24, 2011 1:34 pm

    p.s. My daughter is 9 yrs old and i can still relate to this post….

  24. May 24, 2011 1:45 pm

    Sweet post and scrapbook-worthy! Cheers, MJ

  25. May 24, 2011 1:56 pm

    That made me all misty and sentimental and stuff. I feel just the same way about my own little sister.

  26. May 24, 2011 2:26 pm

    My next door neighbor, a now 17 year old going to prom, is a girl I babysat from the time she was two. I want her to be little again. She is now a gorgeous woman so I can totally relate to this post

  27. la-vandala-abusiva permalink
    May 24, 2011 3:25 pm

    Really beautiful post (and pictures!)

  28. May 24, 2011 3:45 pm

    She’s stunning! The aging process, from cradle to grave, has always amazed me–I even took a Biology of Aging course in college. The best advice you can give to a daughter like her is not to let her looks get to her head!

  29. bmestdagh permalink
    May 24, 2011 4:07 pm

    What a lovely young lady. Tell her if black and white movies come back, she would be a frontrunner to star as leading lady. I just love the black and white photograph!

  30. May 24, 2011 4:30 pm

    What a sweet story. At first I wondered if you were her mother, then sister. I am sure she was both of those and much more wrapped into one. My mother-in-law has an in-home daycare and has being taking wonderful care of children for more than 35 years. This is their second home and second family, and some don’t realize to what extent they have an impact on each other.
    Thank you for sharing! And congrats on being freshly pressed!

  31. Jaclyn permalink
    May 24, 2011 4:47 pm

    Congrats!!! I love this post!! :o) See you soon!

  32. May 24, 2011 4:49 pm

    I swear: people have to stop growing up. Period.


    It does lend a certain perspective, doesn’t it — watching people grow up from the time they’re a baby until they’re adults. This is a poignant tribute to a beautiful young lady…

    • May 25, 2011 8:57 pm

      Haha, I know! We all grow up too quickly – but sometimes that’s part of the fun. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  33. May 24, 2011 4:53 pm

    Awww, how sweet!

  34. Sharon McElwrath permalink
    May 24, 2011 4:56 pm

    Loved her dress and hair!

  35. May 24, 2011 5:05 pm

    She was such an adorable baby! Her prom dress is beautiful and she is as well!

  36. May 24, 2011 5:13 pm

    What a cute post ! :-)

  37. May 24, 2011 5:18 pm

    love those old pictures!

  38. Oscar Gutigu permalink
    May 24, 2011 5:41 pm


  39. May 24, 2011 6:06 pm

    Beautiful girl, beautiful story.

  40. May 24, 2011 7:33 pm

    Thank you for sharing this touching tribute, and congratulations on being freshly pressed!

    And for Meghan: Bless you as you graduate and face what’s next. May you always be surrounded by people who will bring out the best in you, who believe in you, and who challenge you for all the right reasons. May your dreams always be big enough, and may you never believe a discouraging word spoken to you. May you find many reasons for laughter, and may you always be open to learning good things. All the very best to you!

    • Meg permalink
      August 22, 2011 12:13 am

      Hi Kris,
      This is meghan, and i just wanted to say that your little note to me really does mean a lot and it got me thinking! Thank you so much.


  41. May 24, 2011 8:56 pm

    You’re both very lucky.

  42. May 24, 2011 9:03 pm

    Such a nice walk down memory lane – for you and for her! Everyone should have an older friend like you to share the story of their life.

    Congrats on being FP.

  43. May 24, 2011 9:38 pm

    Congrats on being Freshly Raised….I mean Freshly Pressed.



  44. May 24, 2011 9:57 pm

    Love it. I have such fond memories of prom.

  45. May 24, 2011 10:09 pm


  46. lrnewell permalink
    May 24, 2011 11:11 pm

    Beautiful photos. I really like the one with the american flag in the back!

  47. May 24, 2011 11:16 pm

    awww sweet proud mama! :)

  48. May 25, 2011 12:27 am

    this was such an adorable post!!!…so pretty. and congrats on fp’ed

  49. May 25, 2011 3:16 am

    Very touching! Love the photos!

  50. May 25, 2011 6:32 am

    Awww!!!!………So sweet…………………………

  51. May 25, 2011 6:57 am

    Wonderful pictures and as great a testimony to parenthood as I have read. Plaudits and thank you for sharing this!

  52. hotcrossbungay permalink
    May 25, 2011 7:55 am

    What an appropriate title.

  53. Janel permalink
    May 25, 2011 9:50 am

    What a lovely story, lovely title! :) Sweet!

  54. May 25, 2011 10:46 am

    What a sweet post! Loved the pictures (and captions).. favorites: the black and white head shot, and the headless dresses shot.

    Best wishes,
    Aun Aqui

  55. May 25, 2011 11:19 am

    sweet pictures. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  56. May 25, 2011 12:07 pm

    Sweet Post… Time really flies that fast.

  57. May 25, 2011 12:44 pm

    I guess, Photos kept both Baby Meghan and ‘Prom’ Meghan alive forever…

  58. May 25, 2011 1:14 pm


  59. May 25, 2011 1:23 pm

    Aawwww! I feel like I know her, and what a beauty she’s grown into! What a truly nice blog you’ve honored her with!! God Bless!!

  60. May 25, 2011 2:16 pm

    Lovely pictorial of a lovely young woman’s life. The old pics remind me of growing up with my sister and the fun times we shared. Thanks for reminding us, through these photos, of how lives connect and overlap – and that we should enjoy the precious moments we share. Blessings on your lives from now on too…

  61. May 25, 2011 5:31 pm

    Wonderful! I love the pictures. You have great photography. I’m just starting out with it as a hobby but I created a new Facebook page to show some of what I do. If you have time, take a look at it and “like” it for updates. I can say they aren’t all that great but there are a few I’m proud of. It’s Gayle Raines Photography.

    I love the exact matching of his tie to her dress!

  62. ijannina permalink
    May 25, 2011 11:03 pm

    oh wow such a beautiful entry. I dropped by through wordpress blog of the day all the day from Malaysia and reading this made me emotional. I send my son to home daycare, too. Hope he had as much fun as Meghan.

  63. May 26, 2011 12:31 am

    This is really sweet! Actually, just the other day I was helping my sister try on clothes for prom. It’s a bit difficult going dress shopping here in Cambodia (you either find a dress that’s way too over the top with too much ‘bling’ or you find one that’s too skimpy or casual) so she borrowed one of mine and my funky shoes too. It’s so weird helping my sister get ready for her first prom! There’s only an 8 year gap between us but it feels even bigger now! She’s already in high school and going to prom. It’s like ‘When did that happen?!’ Haha Thanks for sharing this :)

  64. mmorreale permalink
    May 26, 2011 11:17 am

    I feel the same way about a little girl I used to babysit and now she is a freshmen in high school! I love her so much and I don’t want her to grow up! The pictures of her prom dress are gorgeous :)

  65. papillonchouette permalink
    May 26, 2011 5:18 pm

    Perfect post!! I just love how you say please be 8 years old again… time flies doesn’t it? I loved reading this :)

  66. May 26, 2011 5:50 pm

    Such a beautiful post.

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  68. Mizzsandyy permalink
    May 27, 2011 12:40 am

    nice post

  69. May 27, 2011 2:20 am

    sweet blog,i really like!

  70. May 27, 2011 3:09 am

    Touching post. Scary how everyone grows up so fast. You got to hold on with all your might and treasure every second. She is a beautiful young woman now. Congrats on FP!

  71. newauthoronamazon permalink
    May 27, 2011 3:33 am

    Your post tugs at the heartstrings. Many years ago when I was a kid we looked after a neighbour’s little girl for them too.

  72. May 27, 2011 10:39 am

    Nice post and very beutiful dress…I’m sure that if Megan has grown up so good it’s also because of your mother :-)
    Have a nice weekend,

  73. May 28, 2011 5:07 am

    very cool dress

  74. May 28, 2011 5:23 am

    cute pictures :)

  75. May 28, 2011 1:12 pm

    Love this post… how you give us glimpses of her leading up to now. Great photos!

  76. May 28, 2011 11:34 pm

    I saw this on Freshly Pressed (congratulations!), and this is such a great blog; I might have to follow along. Lovely post and lovely photos!

  77. May 31, 2011 1:42 am

    Sweet Story… i like it!


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