When you have a baby, you can’t help but find yourself saying things like,
“I love this stage. It’s the best.”
“I wish I could just freeze him like this.”
“It can’t get any better.”
Really, you honestly think it can’t get any better. (For most people, this usually isn’t on the days you’re covered in pureed sweet potatoes and dirt.) But then you find yourself saying the exact same thing a month later. And again another month later. And you really and truly mean it.
First it’s the itty bitty bundle of joy that doesn’t want to do anything but sleep (that is until you do). Then that toothless grin — obviously meant just for you — forming for the first time. Then the content sitting stage — naively, shockingly happy with no choking hazards or breakables within reach. A heartfelt giggle, a funny little scoot, an in-depth babbly conversation, a knowing boogie, a timid step, a not-so-timid step, a first word. Yes, it just keeps getting better.
I remember, back before I was a mom, thinking that once kids were out of the baby stage, parents must have a feeling of disappointment. That those it-can’t-get-better days would be nothing but photo albums and remember-when stories. But, now that I’m the mom of both a baby and a big ol’ 6-year old (not to mention a 3-year old right in the middle), I’m here to tell you that’s just not true.
Don’t get me wrong. I want to freeze my baby girl right where she is — in all her scooty, dancey, pixie haired, Daddy-loving glory. But I now know that, as hard as it is to believe, it will get even better than this.
I like to think of it as the plus factor. One really cool milestone on its own is amazing. But add one upon another upon another and it’s, well … magic.
Of course you’ll look back and think that time went too quickly. You’ll miss the sweet chubby cheeks, the days when hearing the word “mom” gave you the good kind of butterflies, and maybe even the smell of diaper cream. But then your baby — who can’t fathom that you still see her that way — will say something that leaves you in awe. Or do something that you never imagined possible.
That’s when you’ll realize that all those sweet moments that you thought couldn’t get any better were leading up to this very one.
And then it will happen all over again. And again. And again.
What has your favorite baby moment been so far? What are you looking forward to?
You can read more from Amy at Using Our Words.