His little face is about to change forever by the appearance of not one but two teeth. His front two teeth are cutting through and in a very short while he will go from the gummy baby we adore to the start of becoming a little boy. We have greeted each change with wonder and amazement and we look forward to more that is yet to come. Sprout and I have set in motion the creation of a confident, playful, energetic and talkative little boy.
The past few months have seen a fast forward in developments and it has been hard keeping up. He has gone from attempting to roll one day to mastering it the next. He babbles non-stop from the moment he wakes yet we still have no clue as to what he is telling all and sundry. He makes great strides in eating and is now self-weaning off the boob. All this is great I assure you, but as he learns to do more and more himself his reliance on us decreases. Good, great, hurrah!?
The things he needs from us, his parents, are changing. I speak for myself when I say that I have only just grasped what he wanted from me - the amount of learning we have done is immense. We have gone from working down the checklists of why he is crying to actually knowing what his different cries are. Yes, we have figured when you are playing us my son! We are proficient at reading his subtle body signals. He may try to hide his tiredness because he wants to continue playing but we are onto it. The night feeds (yes, we are still having to do those) - I've finally managed to distinguish when it is plain habit to when he actually needs a feed.
I am currently in this happy place where I can respond automatically as I am now a master of all this baby-ness and bam! I'm too slow on the uptake and he has gotten tired of waiting for me to catch up. Munch pushes on with the necessary changes he must make and we have no choice but to run alongside.
There are so many moments I will miss that I am able to rub the sand that stings my eyes as I type this. The beautiful gummy smile that greets us in a morning, the way he holds onto my fingers during the night feeds, the look he gives when he is tired of feeding himself, the way he babbles, blows raspberries and giggles at the things we do to entertain him. Hey, I have to believe we are entertaining him otherwise he is just laughing at his Daddy and me which is understandable too!
Bittersweet because I want to bottle these moments forever yet am looking forward to all that is on the horizon. His first word, his first step - so many, many more firsts. We have truly enjoyed this beginning and I will miss it tremendously.
P.S. Soon after I finished this post Munch decided to surprise us further and walk pushing his walker for the very first time! The expression on his face on realising what he was doing was magic. Our baby is a little boy.