Saturday, July 25, 2009
Baby Step Milestones
I love waking Isaac up from naps. I usually stretch out on the bed next to him and put an arm around him, kissing his cheek and whispering his name. Most of the time a small smile creeps across his face, he rubs his thick long eyelashes (why is it boys are always blessed with that!), and flops over and rubs the edging of his favorite blanket. It's times like these I look at him, how much he has grown. With him lying next to my belly I think of the little girl I carry and wonder at how he was once that size too. Two years seem to pass in a few breaths!
The other night Isaac jumped with 2 feet off the ground while mimicking a cartoon show. If you've ever watched little ones try, it's quite a difficult feat. For whatever reason, lack of faith or coordination, getting both feet off the ground at the same time takes a lot of work. But he did it and landed with a bump on the hard tile floor. It didn't faze him though, he realized his accomplishment and immediately raised both hands in the air yelling, "I did it, I did it!"
This has become his mantra lately. Frustrations come so easily to such little bodies and yet when he does accomplish something on his own, he's quick to celebrate and make sure the world knows it. He put his own socks on, cleaned up his toys without help, put on his shoes, helps wash blueberries for Mama, etc. All these little things are markers of growth that are so easily missed. Sometimes I wonder if we were quick to celebrate our own 'baby step' milestones if we wouldn't all be happier and less judgemental people.
The following are pictures of Isaac that Kent took while he was scribbling with sidewalk chalk. I love his focused looks, he puts his heart and soul into everything that is before him in the moment.