Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Little did we know. . .

Jared turned one month old yesterday. I can't believe how the first month flew by. He now weighs 9 lbs. 1 oz., can hold up his own head, smiles, mimics facial expressions, and loves car rides, stroller rides, and baths. On Sunday we put him on his tummy on the floor and he picked up his head for the first time. Yesterday, during family home evening, he surprised us by laughing! He opened his mouth into a big smile and laughed out loud. Of course he wouldn't do it again for the camera no matter what faces Todd made. I'm just relieved to know that, with all of the mistakes we make as first time parents, we have a child with a sense of humor.
A few days ago, I was trying to remember life before Jared was born, and I decided that if our life was a story, 32 days ago the narrator would have been saying, "Little did they know. . ." followed by a whole list of things about being parents that there is just no way to foresee. Little did we know how very little sleep we are capable of living on, or how we could fall so in love with such a tiny, needy little face so that we wouldn't want to miss a single blink of his eyes. Little did we know how much planning would have to go into a simple trip to the store with a baby- or even trying to take a shower while we're home alone together. Little did we know just how many diaper changes 8-10 a day turns out to be, or how many clothes changes that translates to (for baby and us). The story of the rest of our life as parents could probably be told in terms of all of the changes that are waiting to surprise and stretch us, but the last month has really been a crash course in parenting in every sense imaginable. We're learning to love it.We are starting to get some foreshadowing of what lies ahead. As you can probably tell by this glamor shot I took of my two boys, Jared is going to be a heartbreaker.He recently had his first kiss by a girl under the age of two. Little Sophia Sebra seems to have developed a baby crush on Jared. Today she pushed another toddler out of the way for the privilege of rocking Jared's carseat. Of course, being a boy, he's oblivious to the attention. We hope he doesn't start to notice for another 20-25 years.

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