Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The highlights.

FYI: this post is going to be disgustingly cliche and sappy. You've been warned! (Hey, I'm a mom now... I've got to get a little mushy from time to time.)

Sometimes I have these moments with Caroline that make me think about all the amazing little things about being a parent. I mean, there are the big things that totally change your life, of course, but I think it's those little moments that sneak up on you out of nowhere that are the sweetest... and I worry that I am going to forget about them because they don't come with as much fanfare as things like "firsts" and milestones. You know? They don't get written down in the baby book. (Which reminds me-- update the baby book, you slacker!)

I wanted to list these highlights, if only for myself down the road...

  1. Walking in to see Tyler carefully brushing her fuzzy newborn hair (after he once laughed at me for brushing it).
  2. Watching her sleep next to me in our bed as I doze off.
  3. Holding her up to a mirror-- she looks at herself, squeals, and hides her face in my chest as she hugs me.
  4. When the dog licks the front of her overalls, she laughs and laughs like it's the funniest thing she's ever seen.
  5. Picking her up to put her in the crib for a nap, when she sleepily lays her head on my shoulder.
  6. Bathtime extravaganzas... you know, putting every possible toy into the tub, getting in there with her, and splashing until the entire room is wet... and how happy it makes her.
  7. Listening to Tyler read her a book about dinosaurs-- complete with his commentary about how, for example, "dimetrodons aren't really dinosaurs, Caroline."
  8. Blowing on her belly while changing her and making her shriek with laughter.
  9. Seeing the expressions on her face when she tries a new food: shock, surprise, disgust, intrigue, and finally-- GIVE ME MORE!!
  10. Bringing her into our bed on weekend mornings and snuggling up as a cozy family of three.
It's the moments like these... they make it worth all the screaming, the pooping, the worrying, the getting up five times a night for teething. Every time.


Bobbi Janay @When did I go from a kid to a grown up? said...

What a great post, it is the little moments that make it all worth it.

Lauren said...

I love this post. And the picture is adorable!

Katie said...

I absolutely love this post, too. And she is just adorable!!!

KMc said...

These are definately the moments that truly have meaning. And I can tell you, as a mother of a 3 year old, you'll continue to be amazed. :-)

Stephanie said...

I just got finished reading your entire blog! You are hilarious! It is so funny how I think I totally know you now! I relate so much to you. I am actually a dentist that has been out of school for 4 years and am just now 5 months pregnant! (it was also a surprise and has been a bumpy road for me) I started a blog for my family to keep tabs on me...not as fancy as yours but you can check it out (growingalentil.blogspot.com) good luck with sweet caroline! she's beautiful! let me know if you have any questions about your return to the wonderful world of dentistry!