When BabyRoX was a newborn, he mostly just slept and ate and looked cute. And I loved him and I stared at him for hours on end. And everyone told me how fast the time would go by, and at the time it didn’t feel fast but now those days are getting fuzzy in my mind and he has outgrown 3 seasons of clothing and I can’t believe he even used to fit into those tiny little diapers and onesies anymore.
Now, my sweet little baby DOES stuff. Lots of stuff! He crawls – up on his hands and knees (no more army crawling with his belly on the ground!), he climbs – furniture, staircases, you name it! He spends half the day standing and cruising from one piece of furniture to the next. He signs “milk” when he wants to nurse. He wakes us up by patting our faces and giving us kisses and blowing spit bubbles everywhere. He laughs and sings and gets angry and LOVES to eat food. Real, solid food. And he waved “bye-bye” for the first time this week. I swear he said it two weeks ago, too, but there hasn’t been a repeat. He has waved bye-bye a number of times since the first time, though, so I know he “gets” that one. I know it is such a simple little thing, waving goodbye, but the excitement I felt was enormous. Each time he accomplishes a new task, I feel ridiculously happy. I’m so proud of this beautiful little creature. I’m so amazed at all he can do, at the many ways he can communicate with us, at his growing independence. I see how happy he is when he does something for himself – the confidence that grows daily as he is able to get around, to feed himself, to clearly communicate his needs and preferences. It is an absolute honor to watch him learn and assist in his development. It’s like I have second chance to discover the world – to him, everything is new and interesting. Each day is such an adventure, even when all we do is pet the cats and splash in the sink and roll a ball around and eat a mango.
He is strong and healthy, and I am oh-so-thankful for that. He hasn’t been sick once, not even a cold. He still has an unbelievably calm temperament and his precious, toothless smile that melts my heart. He is the most easy-going baby I have ever met and I keep wondering where he gets it from. Maybe it’s the Reiki. Maybe the Hypnobirthing did it. Maybe it’s just how he is. All I know is that we are incredibly lucky to share our lives with this sweet little person.
I’m so looking forward to the months and years ahead, but I’m also really enjoying the here-and-now. I don’t want to forget these days. They ARE going by so fast, and I need to make more time to jot down just how awesome and special this journey of parenting is.