25 Mar 2011

Five Minute Friday: Waking Up

I have a new baby. A girl. Six days old today. She smells delicious.

So five minutes is about all I’ve got these days.

Five minutes to just write, and not worry if it’s just right or not. Kind of like how the rest of my life is at the moment.

Want to join me?

1. Write for only five minutes.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Go leave some comment love for the five minuter
who linked up before you.

It’s liberating; give it a try and see.

And there’s this beautiful reminder from DaySpring of how much you are loved for one of you. (Heather won the Faith art last week).

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes for the prompt:

Waking Up….


I remember this feeling. In the warm dark, eyes fuzzy with sleep, and an urgency prompting me to sit up regardless. My heart hears her before my ears do. And when I remember she’s here, that she’s wanting me, it’s easy to rouse myself and reach for her.

She smells of all things sacred. Fresh from heaven she sleeps beside me. And I go to bed waiting for her to wake. So that I can be the one to go to her.


My head and fingers are a little slow these days; that’s all five minutes bought me.

OK, your turn – show me what you’ve got.
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  1. 1

    my heart hears before my ears–isn’t that amazing?

    rest and relish that sweet baby girl:)

  2. 2

    What a precious bundle you have there! So very sweet!

  3. 3

    Oh, Lisa-Jo, your words are perfect, no matter how brief! I had to chuckle a little–I was always impressed with how much you squeezed out in five minutes, but I see that the sleep deprivation is causing the words to come a little slower. Trust me–I get it! :)

    Your daughter is precious. And so are you!

  4. 5

    Ohhhhh . . . she is luscious! And I miss waking up next to a newborn baby – the smell – the beauty – the perfect newness – the dependence. Precious sweetness! Thank you for sharing her!

  5. 6

    I do miss those oh-so-precious waking up moments. She is beautiful!

  6. 7

    I love, love, love those pictures! Thanks for sharing her sweetness!

    Even though my son is a toddler and looking much more “little boy” than “baby,” I still see that newborn face when he’s just barely waking up! I love it.

    Thanks for hosting another Five Minute Friday. Love these!

  7. 9

    waking up each morning was a joy, a little boy to remind me that we have to get UP NOW! and me asking for just five more minutes under the covers. please. just a minute.
    NO! Mama, up now!
    then one morning, about 3, we were up, and as I rose to answer nature’s call, another call started I couldn’t ignore but it confused me to no end because I hadn’t had a problem since the pregnancy started!

    Then I realized – my water broke!

    sad it was over, and happy we would see someone new in a few hours (how few I knew were I to know I would have been running from the hospital instead of gladly going to see if the baby was okay because of the meco!)

    waking up the next day in pain, thankfully no agony, pain of the surgery, pain of my separation from my oldest who didn’t understand that separation and is still reeling from the effects even now six months later – waking up to answer that hungry little fella next to me – getting hollered at by the nurse at 0400 because he was next to me and not in his bassinet (really, where was he going to go snuggled up like that?)

    waking up a few days later at home, in an odd position because our beds are on the floor, half balanced on a foot to keep myself on the bed and at the same time allow myself to lift myself without losing my sanity because I had a stupid c instead of a vbac because of hospital policy, not because baby was in danger or even me in danger but because he was BREECH!

    and turning to look at the little guy cradled in my arm, snug as a bug no rug and remembering we made a little history in that awful hospital because he was NURSING at 13 minutes old instead of being shuffled off to the nursery.

    agh 5 minutes is up there is so much more on waking up!

    • 10
      thegypsymama says:

      Oh yes, all those various ways of waking up on the motherhood journey -so familiar and beautiful and unique.

      Thank you for sharing!

  8. 11

    I love love love that newborn scent. I miss that super soft skin close to my cheek. Soak up every moment to the fullest… I know you will.

  9. 12

    What a lovely bundle of joy! My first time here at 5 minute Friday.

  10. 13

    Your little one is so sweet, so beautiful! It makes me miss those newborn days!

  11. 14

    “She smells delicious”…oh, I know that smell…it’s one that is forever in my memory.

  12. 15

    She is just darling!

  13. 16

    I’m joining you for the first time today. Congratulations on your sweet baby!

  14. 18

    I love new baby skin. Her cheeks are delicious! What a sweet little girl. Mine just turned 8 yesterday and as I was putting her to bed I kind of lost it… it’s just so overwhelming. Hmmm, maybe I should put this in a post…

  15. 21

    How incredibly precious! I love your description that she smells delicious! There is no better way to describe a baby’s heaven-scent!

    Thank you for the opportunity to participate in these 5 Minute Fridays. What a great way to make us think on the fly, write about a topic, and then get to share and share alike with so many others!

    • 22
      thegypsymama says:

      Thanks for playing along. I always think the best part is the community aspect – all visiting and reading and encouraging one another. LOVE that!

  16. 23

    There is nothing so delicious as the smell of a newborn – you captured that nighttime bliss (and agony) so perfectly.

  17. 25

    Most mornings I really just want to sleep in. But then I hear cries from the other room–sometimes it’s squeals–and I have to get up. Not really awake, but up. Waking up usually consists of bringing Lola back to our bed, laying down and snuggling up nice and close to her, and letting her nurse. When she’s had her fill, she lets go and looks up at me and gives me the most precious two-toothed smile and points at my face. If I’m lucky, I get a raspberry or a sweet little noise of some sort. That’s when I’m awake. And I love waking up next to her. Her sweet smell, her smile, her personality. She makes me laugh.

    And five minutes is up.

  18. 28

    Beautiful girl! That is always worth waking up early for. I always loved the excitement to hold the newborn, sometimes wishing them awake just so I could snuggle them again. Fresh from heaven, I miss those days! I’m attempting to make it through all of the blogs above :)

    Please feel free to stop by: Trailing After God

    • 29
      thegypsymama says:

      Careful – all those blogs will suck you in and before you know it hours will have flown by. LOVE reading everyone’s heart thoughts that are unedited and fresh. Thanks for linking up!

  19. 30

    whooo hooo! you’re a mommy again and again and again :) Yay for you… so excited for y’all

  20. 31

    She is soooo beautiful!

  21. 32

    Having fewer words per minute doesn’t make them any less valuable. Same goodness as always, Lisa-Jo! And that baby girl – makes my heart ache for a bundle of pink!

    • 33
      thegypsymama says:

      Oh you’re too sweet. And yes, after being worried I wouldn’t like being immersed in pink, I have to confess I am eating up every minute of it!

  22. 34

    First time here and this baby is precious! Thanks for the link up :)

  23. 35

    Oh, Lisa-Jo, she is so precious. I love that fresh from heaven baby smell, and my heart always is sad when it fades. I hope you enjoy reveling in it. And I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful blessing from God!

  24. 37

    From one Lisa to another :)

    Lisa Jo, sometimes we just have to wake up and smell the baby and if that’s all you get to accomplish today, then HOORAY for you! You’re giving her your best right now, as it should be. Babies show us what waking up should be for us each day. Looking at the world with fresh eyes at a new world experiencing a day we’ve never seen before. I’m going to challenge myself to do that daily. Thanks for inspiring me to write.

    • 38
      thegypsymama says:

      Oh thank you for those sweet words. Yes, being in “newborn” mode again is a wonderful reminder to slooowwww way down and savor the small nooks and crannies of the day. And I tell you what, it’s been soul good for me. Every moment :)

  25. 39

    I remember those new baby smells. Aw :D Our first grandbaby comes in the summer. Can’t wait! Congratulations again & thank you so very much for these 5 minutes :D

  26. 41

    She is so precious. So very precious! Congratulations, Lisa Jo!

  27. 42

    SHe smells of things sacred…Oh how true. And I know she feels softer that any memory of the boys…
    Blessings, to you all!

  28. 43

    She’s so very beautiful.

  29. 44

    She could not be cuter if she tried. Just like her mama!

  30. 45

    What a beautiful little girl! What a blessing, a gift, from God!

  31. 46

    Awww so sweet. I remember that smell so well. Such special moments.

  32. 47

    Dear Gypsy Mama,
    So fun to meet you. This is my first time and I don’t know if I’m doing this right but I think I might be supposed to put my post in your comments??? Anyway, it is right below. If I did it wrong, just fix it.
    Thanks, I’m Holly, by the way.

    So Many People…So Much Fun Edit
    April 1, 2011

    Wow! I’ve added two categories in the last day. Andrea sent me this one this morning. It is called “5 minute friday” and yes, it is supposed to be lower-cased (even though it is driving me insane, to look at) but it is fun to type with no English teacher standing over your shoulder. I almost feel like I’m free to draw on the wall, or something.
    Anyway, does anyone want to join me? The rules are…5 minutes of writing…no editing…no going over! Clicking on this photo to the left will take you to last person’s post-at least, that’s what happened when I clicked on it. Andrea said it might take you to the post of origin–if you read at the bottom–it says thegypsymama–that is your origin. She has prompts–and Andrea didn’t do this week’s so I think I won’t either. However, the prompt for today is waking up.
    By the way, this introduction did not count. So…….here goes!
    I’ve only been on here since Valentine’s day and I have learned so much and met so many people. It has been really fun. I met a guy named Brett, who lives in Tansinia, Africa. I’ve wondered who in the world is Pumice-besides being a former teacher, I think and a war vet. I have found two fun things to participate in–and met a really nice person named Andrea–who, I think is British–’cause she keeps saying “loves”. I have had a friend at church join my blog–decafmama–Dee Ann. I’ve met a nice person in Jordan–I think–who writes about the peril in the middle east. I’ve seen EVERY religious opinion–I think–I have seen so many for and against God. Really learned a lot. Accidentally got involved in a big argument with some angry Catholics on his or her post.
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOhhhhhhh!!!! Time’s up.

  33. 48

    Ahhh this made me just want to wake up my sleeping 4 month old who is sleeping right next to me :-)

    Isn’t being a mommy one of the best earthly blessings ever :-)


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