I am already convinced that Leah is going to be some sort of performer when she grows up. She has both drama and comedy down pat. Today, however, it was confirmed that she will indeed be a celebrity when she named one of her baby dolls Blue Dandelion.
I am a part time co-sleeper. By that I mean that Dave and I need our bed to ourselves for most of the night, but once Dave gets up at the crack of dawn for work and Christopher is hungry, I lay him down with me to be fed. We usually drift off for another hour or so together. It is our special time, our snuggle time. But nothing beats hearing him start to stir and opening up my eyes to huge baby grins just inches away.
This morning he woke up a bit and when I smiled at him, he started to smile back just as his heavy lids were drifting shut. He fell back asleep with a special smile, just for his mama, still on his face.
These are the moments I wish that I could bottle up and take out to relive whenever I want to. When I am having a bad day, and especially when he grows bigger and his special mama smiles happen less and less.
Parents, I urge you to cherish these types of moments with your children. They are fleeting, as is the time frame in which they happen. Drink it in, let it wash over you, and keep the memory tucked safely in your heart.
Leah loves stickers! She puts them everywhere and we have had to have several discussions about not putting them on the furniture, especially wood. Still, she loves to decorate all of her favorite things. Once, when I was still pregnant with CW, she decorated my big, round belly. Okay, it was more than once. A lot more than once.
The other day I was taking CW to the doctor and feeling a little guilty because he still needs to come everywhere with me, but she never gets one on one time with me anymore. As I was thinking this and starting the car, I noticed a green smiley face sticker looking up at me from my remote car lock thingy on my keychain. I grinned to myself, and thought about Leah some more.
As I was driving, I found another smiley face, this one purple. It was on my arm. I had not even noticed Leah stickering me before I left the house, but she must have done it stealthily.
Leah likes to decorate her favorite things with stickers, so I guess I am one of her favorite things. For every time I get exasperated finding a sticker on the floor or the t.v. stand, there is a time like this. A time where one of Leah’s stickers, so artfully and thoughtfully placed, warms my heart and fills me up with love for my sweet girl.
The other day Leah and I were talking about things that we like.
“You know what I like the best?” I asked her.
“What?” She said eagerly.
“You!” I replied.
“Awwww, mommy!” Leah said. “You know what I like the best?”
“What?” I asked, my heart already pre-melting.
“Mana!” She answered. Oh. Well, then. At least she’s honest!
(For those who don’t know, ‘Mana’ is the name Leah has given to my mom, her grandma).
My mom relayed a conversation between her and Leah and I just have to share. My mom told Leah that Papa would not let her do something, and here is the response-
Leah: Oh, you should do what I do to Daddy when I want something!
Mana: What is that?
Leah: First you make your eyes realllly big, like this. She makes her eyes as big as they can go.
Mana; Like this?
Mana: How about this.
Leah: Perfect! And then you stick out your bottom lip. She demonstrates.
Mana: Okay, how is this?
Leah: Good. That should make Papa say, “Okay, you can do it!”
Children are wonderful. Babies are amazing. They bring joy to those who love them whether they are quiet or colicky, easy or difficult. But having joyful children makes me incredibly lucky and brings me so much extra joy. Leah has always been such a happy little girl, and now my son is following in his big sister’s foot steps.
Last week, at the age of only 6 weeks old, CW laughed for the first time. It was completely intentional and it was not gas. I know this because, for one, he was looking right up at me. Also, he has repeated his laughter every day since. He gives me big gummy grins when I talk to him, and he also grins and laughs at Leah and Dave.
Here are some great photos of my beautiful, joyful children.