You know why everyone says parenting is so rewarding? My theory is that it’s because it is consistently challenging and every day is different. It is amazing to witness absolute innovation first hand as this little creature first realizes what body parts he has, and then what he can do with them!
It’s silly when I verbalize it, but I can remember how incredible it was when our little son started touching toys! Even when he started looking at them – that was already exciting! But then – touching, hitting, grabbing! Every day he learns that he can do more and more, and he wants to just keep expanding his abilities. It’s amazing to see the innovation – “oh, let me put this in my mouth!” Sure, it’s instinct and his mouth is the most sensitive thing right now, so it’s his primary exploration tool. But he is not hindered by any boundaries that we impose on ourselves with our grown up logic. “let me put everything in my mouth” from his own hands to attempting to sample the boy in the mirror. Just because that ball or that basket is bigger than his face – doesn’t stop him from trying to sample
It’s refreshing to see someone who not only thinks outside the box, but doesn’t actually know what the box is!
If only there was a way to not stifle this innovative process without compromising on safety…
But back to my original point. Parenthood – it’s.. It’s something else. takes the most ordinary things and makes you see them as utterly extraordinary! A few months ago he would just lie there and wiggle his extremities, now he’s rolling over this way and that, trying to stand, sitting, bouncing, and it looks like – developing some preferences among his toys!
And he is getting closer and closer to crawling everyday!! Witnessing this progress – just blows me away! I’m so thankful that I get to stay home with him! And it also makes me think – if he can go from little screaming & sleeping eggplant to this lively mobile little boy in that little of time – i can def get a six pack! Or better yet, become a snowboarding pro! ) but now that I’ve counted it, 6 months is a long time… But at the same time – not really… A semester of school, or the time in between dentist visits.
Watching his relationship with our dog is another reward it went from N not even knowing Misha is there to – utter delight when he gets to see him in the morning! He always stretches his hands out to get them licked and is trying to figure out ways of getting Misha’s attention to make sure that happens.
For example, today, during nap time he was grabbing Misha’s fur to make him turn around
Aaarg! I could go on for hours of all the cute things he does that make my heart melt!
So, when people say they don’t want kids or aren’t ready – I get a little sad for them and only pretend to understand.
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