To say that Henry is a busybody is a complete understatement. He is B-U-S-Y! If you’ve spent even a minute around him, you know what I am talking about.
He has a fixed concentration and determination that is unreal to see unfold. We have taken a “free-range” approach to parenting which allows him to explore and experiment so that he can have his own experiences and learn from them.
Every single damn day is different.
One day he was high-fiving, a week later he was clapping, and now we are starting to use sign language.
Blink + you’d miss all of the new milestones. It’s truly unbelievable.
I have done a lot of meditating over the past few months and one thing that I’ve learned from Henry is to see each experience with fresh eyes and a new perspective. So many times I feel that I am on auto-pilot and buzz from Point A to Point B. Now, I make a conscience effort to stop and smell the roses. As simple as it sounds, it feels challenging at times.
For me, seeing Henry is a constant reminder that I need to appreciate the moment, instead of wishing life away and “knowing” how things will turn out.
The best part of parenthood is watching him grow, learn, and experience new things. Sometimes parenthood feels hard and overwhelming. It can also be a thankless job!
A thankless job that means many sleepless nights, baby vomit on a new blouse, messes that need to be cleaned up (constantly), blown out diapers, crying spells, and everything else that drives you to the end of your rope where you silently think to yourself, “Are you FREAKING kidding me?!”
However, it is so rewarding. All of those moments are a distant memory and the fun, happy moments filled with slobbery baby kisses and lots of giggles are the ones that stick with me.
Cataloging Henry’s life through this blog lets me experience those emotions all over again, in various ways. I experience it during the actual moment it happens, again when I upload the photos + add them to the blog, and yet again when I go back and read through the posts I’ve made about him.
Looking at the photo of him pushing around his little blocks brings a huge smile to my face because I can see him doing it in my mind and I can hear his grunts, giggles, and gasps. Yay, I get to experience these sweet moments over and over and over…