Procter and Gamble made me cry again.

This is so right on.

I know it because even though my kids are eight years old I call them my babies. I know it because I have friends with teenagers. I know it because I can see how my mother-in-law looks at my husband.

When my kids push back when I call the Goon Squad babies, I tell them that even when they are grown ups they will still be my babies. I mean that.

Last week my mom told me that somebody showed her a picture of their grandchild who was a water baby. You know water babies, right? They are swimming classes for kids under a year old. Some people think it is sketchy, but as a water baby myself I think it seems like a good  idea. I don’t ever remember being afraid of swimming  – well, not including that one summer when I was 14 and I watched all three Jaws movies back to back to back at the beach. After that I was nervous to swim in the deep end of my parent’s pool.

Anyway, my mom said she saw a picture of this water baby and she said “Oh, that looks like Sarah.”

I will be 40 years old this December and my mom sees a picture of an infant underwater and immediately thinks it looks like me.

If you haven’t followed @thankyoumom on Twitter yet, please do. For every new follower P&G will donate $1 to the P&GTeam USA Youth Sports Fund, up to $50,000.

In a related story, I just showed this video to my husband and his reaction was this: “Did that just make you cry? Twice?” and all I could do was was nod because I didn’t want him to know that it actually made me cry harder the second time.

The second time I watched it, I remembered that my son is going to swim backstroke in his first swim meet on Monday.

It is that little boy shaving! It wrecks me every time.

They still look like this to me.

Stay tuned – I’ll have more from the P&G Family Home in London during the 2012 Olympic Games.

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Disclaimer: I am being compensated for my work with Procter & Gamble but these words and these stories are my own.

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  1. STOP IT WITH ALL THE P&G ADS!!!! It’s making me have an allergy. In my eye. Both my eyes. Yes that.

    I can look at my oldest at times (who will be 11 in December) and see her as an insane 10 month old. I think they are always our babies.

  2. There’s a lot of dust in my house suddenly…

  3. Ugh – I couldn’t even watch the video. The post alone had me tearing up at my desk. Damn allergies!

    I was just looking at my gargantuan 7.5 yr old and wondering where in the hell did my impatient, stubborn, little 1 yr old go. Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was bribing her with “Schooby-Foo” (Scooby-doo) movies to come home from daycare with me?

  4. Oh, my oldest is ten and so tall and grown up all of a sudden, but she still wants to be my baby. When I tell her I can’t believe how old she is she hugs me and says she will always be my baby. And it’s true.

  5. Skconcepts says:

    We love it and wrote a blog too. How do we follow you.

  6. indigo tara says:

    Wow, that was powerful. My daughter is only 4, and I can’t believe how quickly she’s grown and changed. I know time only passes more quickly.

    Have you seen this Subaru commercial? Gets me EVERY time, because I know this is how I will always see my daughter.

  7. Wait, did I read that right? You’re going to London for the Olympic Games? That’s some badassery of at a profound level, right there.

  8. Well – you KNOW it made me cry too – I won’t even consider watching it a second time!

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