Sweet Baby Turns One! ~~ A Mother’s Tribute

I have carried you, always.

Before you were conceived, I carried a part of you in my soul. When I met your father, I looked into his eyes and saw the other part of you, and knew you, and prayed that you would come to be.

Before you were born, I carried you in my womb. When you were restless I sang to you and soothed you and told you how I loved you.

Carried you in my womb

When you were born, I carried you in my arms. I kissed you and held you and put you to my breast, so that you would know that there is light and warmth and goodness in the world.

Carried you in my arms

Later, I wrapped you in cloth and carried you close to my heart. I held you close so that you could hear that my heart beats like yours; that we are the same, you and I, and that you would never have to cry alone.

carried you in cloth

After a while, I carried you on my back, so that you could look at the world with confidence and joy and know that you belonged; so that you could share all of the beauty of the world as an equal to all that live in it.

Carried you on my back

Now, later still, I carry you when you are tired or fearful. So that you know that no matter how weary you become, or what life holds, you can always depend on others for support and comfort.

carried you

When you grow older, my darling, and your adventures take you further from my arms, know that even in my last hour I will carry you. I will carry you in my heart, for you are always with me.

carried you-you crawled away

I will carry you, always.

~ Christine Maguire

Congratulations Sweet Baby, on your first trip around the sun.

Mama loves you.


  1. I love this tribute to your Sweet Baby Rowan. The pictures are so precious!

  2. She’s such a sweet little gift. You have a lovely family Jerica.

  3. amazing how fast they grow and how much we can love them so happy birthday baby rowan many more happy years to come.

  4. What a beautiful tribute to your little one and to your journey together. Happy birthday Sweet Baby! And happy Birth Day to you mama!

  5. Jerica, you have made me cry. You are such a beautiful writer and such a great mama. Love to you and Sweet Baby Rowan. July 19 is a special day indeed!

  6. Well said my dear sister! I love you my sweet beautiful niece, Rowan. Happy 1st Birthday! See you tomorrow. ♥

    • Thanks for reading, Sherri! The poem is written by an author named at the end of the blog post. I wasn’t aware there was a Cummings quote within the poem. If that is so, how neat 😉

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