It’s been another busy week for our family.
I both love and hate the busy-ness. Love that there is so much for Lilly to do, that our lives are enriched with time spent with family, play dates with friends, work. Hate that I don’t have the energy required to clean the house, that I don’t have time to record each minute as it passes here on the blog. I can’t help but think that so many of these ordinary moments are precious and fleeting — what seems an ordinary moment now was extraordinary two months ago. For example, Lil sits up by herself and grasps toys, entertaining herself in this way for almost 20-30 min without much supervision. No big whoop. But in November, we marveled at how she could sit up if we propped her against us… she would reach out in an attempt to grab things on occasion — and it was just incredible.
Almost daily, I get these really sweet moments where I feel an overwhelming sense of appreciation and joy for my little one. Where I can ignore the days tasks and stresses and just marvel at her.
One thing our baby has been doing frequently over the past few months is staring at her hands. She has a deep concentrated look as she moves them very slowly back and forth, or, more recently, one finger at a time. It’s my favorite, though I can never seem to adequately capture the moment.
I imagine her inner dialogue to be something along the lines of: whoa. These hands are AMAZING!
But, I wonder if she really knows how amazing those hands are? Two years ago, they didn’t even exist! 6 months ago they were almost constantly balled into fists. 3 months ago they really began to open and close. 2 months ago, they began to reach towards and explore things.
And now? Those little fingers can wiggle, they can pick things up, they can pull mommy’s hair and grab daddy’s glasses. They are excellent teethers. They can pet the dogs, causing rounds of giggles when the doggies’ ears move in response to Lil’s touch. They can rub little eyes when tired, they can mush food and deliver it to her little mouth.
Lilly, you ARE amazing. Thank you for marveling at yourself, and causing me to reflect on the wonder and amazement in this world. I suspect this might be the best thing you do for me, though, hugs and cuddles are a very close second.
Possibly the only thing more incredible than how much these hands have done is how much more they’ll do…