Keeping Them Little

Written by Jessica Ghilani on .


Blogger: Consuming Parenthood, Bloomfield

I love seeing Emilia change and grow but it happens so rapidly. Sometimes it feels like it is happening too rapidly. For me, early motherhood has entailed this mixed bag of constant anticipation coupled with a nagging desire to slow down time. I want to savor every moment of her littleness and breathe her in each day. But I also want her to thrive. It's complicated I guess.

I knew I couldn't talk to my mom about this without sobbing like the sap that I am so I steeled myself as much as possible and said to my dad, "Is it hard to watch your children grow? In a way, don't you just want them (i.e. us) to be little forever?"


Jessica Ghilani works as a professor at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. She teaches courses in communication, media studies, and the history of consumer culture. She has been blogging about shopping and personal style for years but began writing about parenting and family during her recent pregnancy. She lives in Bloomfield with her husband, newborn daughter, and dog.

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