|Photo by Witthaya Phonsawat|
That adorable, cuddly, helpless, cooing bundle of love grows quickly. First they learn to smile and giggle *heart melt*, then they learn to sit up and eat solid food *happy claps*, and then they start to pull up to their feet. There is no greater feeling of pride than that of a parent watching their baby take his first steps.
Little Man will be three in just a few weeks. Lately, his personality has become... well... a taste of our own medicine. Good traits: curiosity, intelligence, eagerness to learn, happy-natured, independent, and free-spirited. Bad traits: stubbornness, and willfulness. Some days his good traits are bad too. Especially when he wants to exercise his free-spirited independence.
My husband and I have no one to blame but ourselves for the Little Man's nature. We find ourselves often quoting Jack Byrnes in Little Fockers - "double dose." We have to be honest with ourselves and each other about what we see in Little Man. We see ourselves just like looking in a mirror. Someday, we will be glad of all his traits, good and bad, because they will help him to survive in the real world and support us in our old age. For the present, we are exhausted trying to corral him to keep him from hurting himself.
|Photo by Marcus|
I know that it won't be long before he'll learn how to open the gate, the cabinets, the refrigerator and the doors. For now, I'll just enjoy watching him trying to figure it out. I'll smile with serenity when he screams with frustration because he's safe and I'll cry with sorrow with him because I've felt that way too.