i was just looking on a friend’s blog about his daughter learning to ride her bike without training wheels and it started me thinking about milestones. it’s interesting how when you have a baby, you anxiously await each new milestone they achieve. today, new parents follow the What To Expect The First Year book like it’s the Bible for babies . . . where as for my parents’ generation it was Dr. Spock! recently, gus has learned to push himself from his belly to a sitting position. so, like a good mom i quickly ran to my book to see if he was on schedule or (gasp) had he mastered this skill early? sigh . . . according to the book by age 8 mos (he’s now 10 mos) he probably would be able to do this. waaah waaah . . . two mos behind.
anyway, for the most part i try to ignore these types of milestones and comparing my kid to every other baby his age. instead of getting down on myself for what he isn’t doing and what other kids already are, i choose to focus on how special he is. like how even though he’s been sick for over a month now . . . fevers, multiple ear infections, seven trips to the doctor, nebulizer treatments, three days worth of antibiotics via shots in the leg, two ent visits . . . that little guy is still smiling and laughing . . . even in his sleep! most other parents have to deal with whining crying babies, but not this mama! (and don’t you know that i thank God daily for that . . . seriously.)
all in all, he’ll get there eventually. God’s timing will be perfect and gus will be as he is meant to be. since i know this is my last baby i’m really not minding this extended baby stage. i love carrying him around. besides, his 25 lbs of jolliness and love are giving me some freakin awesome biceps to rival michelle obama’s!
lily recently hit a milestone that probably isn’t covered in any baby books, but instead only in a mama’s heart. the other morning she came into my room begging me to follow her into her room for something she just had to show me. i’m so glad i got my lazy butt out of bed, for what awaited me started my day off in absolute delight! here she had drawn on her easel her first family picture. of course, being the sappy dork i am, i started crying and ran to get the camera. (what the heck is it with me and feeling the need to document every darn thing?) she willingly sat with her “masterpiece”. i love Love LOVE this girl!! i’ll save you the trouble of guessing who’s who. the picture is labeled according to what she told me!
“my family” by lily
(mama, daddy, polly, gus, lily, a baby carriage, and franklin . . . we’re hoping she doesn’t know something that we don’t!)