Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.

Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I’ve grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullabye, rockabye, lullabye loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo

The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo
But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo
Look! Aren’t his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullabye, rockaby lullabye loo.

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.

-Ruth Hamilton

*Otto's newborn pics, taken at six days old. Photo cred goes to the lovely Jen Bahn.


  1. Adorable. Happy for you that you make such cute kids and you have such a talented friend to capture that for you!

  2. oh my sweetness!!!! this poem + pic combo is delish. love every bit. you just keep rockin' and make some mac and cheese for dinner. xoxo

  3. Love this :) I sent it to Trevor and he loved it, too.

  4. Awesome photos! So, so cute! I've been following your blog for a couple of months now. I live in WI and have a 14 month old. I started a blog - -- and I look at your blog for inspiration :) I have a question for you -- how do you get the nice white "frame" around your photos on Blogger? I love it and want to do it my photos. Keep up your great blogging. What a lovely family you have :)