We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our son is seven months old now and since we decided to stop at a family of four, I am making even more conscious efforts to revel in everything baby. I was never a “baby person” before I had my own. I thought babies were cute, but I never had the innate way with babies some women seem to have, nor was I particularly interested in babies beyond those of close friends. But once I had my own, I began to see the attraction.
I love the little crackling noise he make after he yawns, the way his face lights up with he sees me. I love the feeling I get when those little hands reach out for me. I love the little baby egg he makes when he chews on his toes. I love how easy it is to make him laugh and how his face changes when he smiles. I love the dance he does when I lay him on his back to change his diaper, arms flailing, feet kicking. I love watching his little legs splashing in the tub and how one leg wakes up before the rest of his body, kicking on his mattress in a sweet baby beat. I love how he snuggles his faces deep in my neck and how he hugs me tight every time I pick him up. I love how he just sits back and takes in the world, whether he’s in my arms or going for a jog in the stroller. I love how his little face makes everyone smile.
My daughter is three now, and as much as I love the little girl she has become, when I look back, I miss the baby she was. I want to revel in the baby I have now, because I know he won’t be a baby forever. Unlike my daughter, for whom I spent precious moments wondering about the person she’d become, for him, I am trying to take it one day at a time and to enjoy him as he is, right now, my beautiful baby boy.
If you have a little one, have you had time to sit and enjoy some conscious baby moments lately? What are some of your favorite conscious baby moments?