There is nothing more precious than a cute, snuggly baby. You know, the kind that just loves to be held. The kind that if you leave him in one spot, you leave, come back to that spot and he is still there. Aren’t those just the most special times?
There is something else equally as special. I’ll give you a hint: the word starts with a “s”. No, it’s not shopping or sex or sippy cups or sports. It’s SLEEP! You know that thing that most single people without kids do without thought?! I think I’ve forgotten how it feels to sleep through the entire night.
Well, three weeks ago, both of those glorious things (sleep and stationary) disappeared forever. It was 5:30am on a Saturday morning. I was dreaming of sleeping and I heard the sound that interrupts all of my dreams. It starts out as an innocent whimper and turns into a loud shriek. My sweet son Maximus was up and ready to roll. He didn’t care or know that it was Saturday. Or that it was 5:30am. Since it was the weekend, I had no problem nudging Milton to wake up and go get him. So now the entire family was up bright and early (scratch that, it wasn’t bright – only early). We set Maximus on the ground and for the first time he started crawling across the room. Like a bull heading toward a target, he was on the move. And he hasn’t stopped.
Our house is a whole new world for him. Suddenly Maximus has access to things he never knew existed. The phone chord now calls his name. Drawers are the most fantastic inventions. And don’t get us started on the blinds! All the toys spread out in the family room are now invisible. Anything that makes mom raise an eyebrow becomes his newest obsession. He loves life and want to see any and everything in it.
And then last week happened. We were all playing on the floor in our bathroom and once again Maximus acted like it was showtime. He was standing up holding onto his daddy when he decided to take a couple of steps toward mom before diving head first the rest of the way. Milton and I jumped up and down as if we hit a game winning shot. Maximus just looked at us wondering what all the hype and hoopla was about.
So, if you notice more grey hairs on my head, not only am I getting older, but I’m chasing around a curiously inquisitive boy. He’s just 10 months old and is already growing so fast. With two bottom teeth and two top teeth, he knows how to gnaw on one of the most sensitive parts of my body (yes, still breastfeeding). But, I wouldn’t exchange him for anything! When those bright eyes light up as you walk into the room – you know the love is unconditional!