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Baby Congratulations Quotations

Making the decision to have a child is momentous — it is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ~Elizabeth Stone, Village Voice, as quoted in Barbara Johnson, Stick a Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy!, 1990

Babies are such a nice way to start people. ~Don Herold, unverified

Where did you come from, baby dear?
Out of the everywhere and into here.
~George Macdonald (1824–1905), "Baby"

Baby's tears are April showers. Baby's smiles are mamma's sunbeams; baby's happiness is mamma's joy. ~Ouina (Cora L. V. Scott Richmond), given through her Medium "Water Lily," "Sunbeams for My Flowers," Ouina's Canoe, 1882

And when a child is born,
we miss one point completely —
the moment a child is born,
the mother is also born.
She never existed before.
The woman existed, but the mother, never.
A mother is something absolutely new.
~Osho, The Way of the White Cloud, 1975

Adoption is when a child grew in its mommy's heart instead of her tummy. ~Author unknown

...a little child, born yesterday,
A thing on mother's milk and kisses fed...
~Author unknown, Homeric hymn, "To Mercury," translated from the Greek by Percy Bysshe Shelley

When baby smiles in his sleep, an angel kisses him. ~Ouina (Cora L. V. Scott Richmond), given through her Medium "Water Lily," Ouina's Canoe, 1882

This little crib holds all for me—
Dear babe—God's greatest gift.
~W. Dayton Wegefarth (1885–1973), "Mother-Love," Smiles and Sighs, 1910

The birth of a new baby is like unwrapping a package that has intrigued you for the best part of a year — and finding its contents more exciting, more perfect, more wonderful than you ever dreamed. ~Pam Brown, Welcome to the New Baby, 1994,

...a babe at her breast and a new light in her eyes, the light of the dawn of motherhood. ~Dr. R. V. Pierce's Favorite Prescription advertisement, 1899

Two starry eyes look into mine,
As though to read my soul,
Two cupid lips part with a smile
That makes a torn life whole;
Two chubby hands caress my cheek,
Its furrows disappear,
Two little arms entwine my neck,
And Paradise is here.
~W. Dayton Wegefarth (1885–1973), "Baby," Rainbow Verse: A Book of Helpful Sunny Philosophy, 1919

Even when freshly washed and relieved of all obvious confections, children tend to be sticky. ~Fran Lebowitz

I came from a Land of honey and cream
Where all that one did was to sleep and dream.
And the dreams I treasured were bright and gay
About budding trees and the flowers in May...
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham (1880–1971), "My 84th Birthday," 1964

Life is a flame that is always burning itself out; but it catches fire again every time a child is born. Life is greater than death, and hope than despair. ~Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)

      "Why, you've got the finest baby in the world..." This is the dawn of motherhood... Its lips have a sweetness beyond words... It seems a sort of centre whence a myriad joy-bearing rays gladden the heart and soul... Oh!... there is no caress of lover with half the power of those little pink hands, as they stray about, seeking whereby to lay hold on life. And the infant glances, now turned upon the breast, now raised to meet our own! What dreams come to us as we watch the clinging nursling! All our powers, whether of mind or body, are at its service; for it we breathe and think, in it our longings are more than satisfied!...
      [H]e has laughed, my dear! A laugh, a glance, a bite, a cry — four miracles of gladness which go straight into the heart and strike chords that respond to no other touch. A child is tied to our heartstrings, as the spheres are linked to their creator; we cannot think of God except as a mother's heart writ large...
      The... delicate flower-like fingers... Oh! those baby feet, how plainly they talk to us! In them the child finds its first language... Those cries, they go to your heart and not your ears; those smiling eyes and lips, those plunging feet, they speak in words which could not be plainer if God traced them before you in letters of fire!
      What else is there in the world to care about?... The sweet consciousness of a common life is ample recompense for all the trouble and suffering... ~Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850), Letters of Two Brides, 1840, translated by Clara Bell and R. S. Scott, 1899

Aside from new babies, new mothers must be the most beautiful creatures on earth. ~Terri Guillemets, journal, 2010

Send your little child to bed happy. Whatever cares press, give it a warm good-night kiss as it goes to its pillow. The memory of this in the stormy years which fate may have in store for the little one will be like Bethlehem's star to the bewildered shepherds. — "My father — my mother loved me!" Fate cannot take away that blessed heart-balm. Lips parched with the world's fever will become dewy again at this thrill of youthful memories. Kiss your little child before it goes to sleep. ~Charles Bullock, 1861

It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn't. ~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams, 1990

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