Feb 01

When Your Baby Turns 18!

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Hello Friends and Happy Saturday!

Eighteen years ago today, I gave birth to my 2nd son, al-Malik Glorian Blake and now I sit here wondering – WHERE DID THE TIME GO????? 

People would often say, “cherish the moments because they go by fast”.  I remember when I just wanted him to sleep through the night…to learn how to walk…to learn how to talk…to learn how to feed himself…to be potty trained…to start school…to get his driver’s license and after all that happened…this is him today ~ an 18 year old mini man!


































Malik's Birth Day

The Day We Met

Malik at UD

Senior in High School

Friends on Freshman Football Field

First Formal Dance

Officially a licensed driver!

Border’s Book Signing with Spike Lee

Summers in Orlando – Cypress Harbour

Age 8

King of the Crab Legs

malik 9

Seafood Smile


malik's 8th

Birthday King at 8

malik at 7

Happy and Toothless at 7

malik at 6

Where did the time go?



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  1. Lisa

    Happy Birthday to your handsome son!! Nice family pics! Hugz Lisa and Bear

    1. DelBlogger

      Thank you, we/he had a nice day together which for me was the best “the day I gave birth” gift!

  2. Lynette Oliver

    Happy birthday to your son. I say all the time I barely remember raising two kids. When did I do that. Why can’t I recall every detail. It seems like it went by at lightning speed and I just watched a movie called “Life.” It was over way too soon and the movie was so good. I laughed, I cried and now it’s over. Can I go back and see it again. Sorry, but that was a one time only, special premiere showing.

    Happy birthday, Malik! May you enjoy many, many more!!!

    1. DelBlogger

      Oh yes, you have summed it up perfectly! Thank you friend, I’ll see you soon.

  3. Michelle

    Happy 18th Birthday to your son! The time does fly by! Many blessings to him!

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, it certainly does – thank you!

  4. imagesbytdashfield

    Awwwww! Tell him I said Happy 18th 🙂

    1. DelBlogger

      Thank you, he and we had a great day.

  5. FreeUrCloset

    Awww…happy 18th Malik! xo
    It goes really fast…I remeber changing my daughter’s diaper like it was just yesterday and this year she’s starting kindergarten.

    1. DelBlogger

      I know…time flies and although it’s part of life, I wish we could turn back the hands of time for just a little while. Congrats mommy for having a little one getting ready for school!

  6. livingmommywood

    Happy 18th baby boy ! 🙂

    1. DelBlogger

      Thank you, I still can believe it…I am still carrying the baby fat!

  7. craftysorcha

    Happy birthday to your son! 🙂
    My little man will be two and I can’t get over how fast the time goes!
    I was 34 recently, and my mother said exactly the same thing to me.
    I don’t think it will ever change!

    1. DelBlogger

      Some things never change, her mother probably said the same thing to her and it’s so true. I can’t remember him being two but I do know that it wasn’t “terrible two’s”. Hope you and lil man have a wonderful week.

  8. Carylee

    Awww! Hope he had a great birthday! I agree time flies. It’s both scary and amazing!

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, he did, thank you. I still can’t remember when those years flew by and after looking at pics when he was younger, I couldn’t help but shed a few tears. Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

  9. Dawn Saros-Kirk

    Happy birthday to your son! My son will be 12 soon, on the cusp of being a teen. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone either. He’s a good looking boy, er, man now, huh?

    1. DelBlogger

      Aah, aren’t you the lucky one…soon you will be the proud mommmy of a TWEEN – let the grunting begin – lol. Sometimes I look in the rearview mirror wishing for a carseat…only to see him driving down the street! God bless us all! Have a wonderful week.

  10. Nout @ SandpaperKissesBlog

    Happy birthday to him 🙂 time sure does fly…I remember when I turned 18 I was so excited! xo

    1. DelBlogger

      Thank you, I can’t believe I have an 18 and 21 year old…who’s getting older…not me! How was your weekend?

  11. Karen of MrsLookingGood

    Happy Birthday to your son Antionette! I’m still on the early stages of mommyhood but I feel you when you say where does the time go?! They grow up so fast!

    God bless him and your whole family!

    1. DelBlogger

      Thank you my dear, I never thought twice when people said that to me when he was younger. Now I wish I could go back to when I was his world and hanging onto my leg was a daily event! Congrats and good luck, make sure to enjoy these early days…they go by too quickly!

  12. bedazzlesafterdark

    How sweet! Congratulations on your baby boy’s birthday! He seems like a really great and sweet kid! 🙂
    Nikki at http://www.bedazzlesafterdark.com

    1. DelBlogger

      He is deep down … it’s the upper layers I worry about – lol!

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