When he smiles at me
Baby smiles are just the best! I’m sure as my 11 month old grows, toddler, kid, tween, and teen smiles will be too. Nothing warms my heart like a smile from him. It’s just so pure and full of love….. well except those times he knows he’s in trouble, which are still SO CUTE! That smile and only that smile can turn my darkest moments bright in an instant.
Seeing him bring hope and joy to complete strangers
My Ace— In the grocery store he tends to smile and make goofy, lovey faces at random people. What’s awesome is I swear he has some God given 6th sense for those who need some extra love. He smiles at the worker, the elderly women, the other mom in there looking exhausted, etc. I can hardly make it out of HEB in reasonable time because of the amount of people who come up to us talking about how happy or friendly he is. The way Ive seen people’s own expressions change with a sentence like that is nothing short of miraculous. Then there’s those who speak hope and blessing into his future with comments like “Look how happy he is. He is going to have it made in life,” “What a friendly baby. He’s going to do some amazing things, mom.” And just like that there is hope for the next generation!
Getting a celebrity greeting
In my life, the best part of leaving to go anywhere, is coming home. The little man (big man too, but the best parts of being married is probably for another blog) is always ready to greet me. He bear crawls right to the door and with that sweet smile and happy squeal makes me feel like the most important person in the world. Sigh…..
Seeing his face in the morning
We transitioned Ace to his own room around 4 1/2 months. While I don’t regret it, I do miss seeing his little face right next to me first thing. The first night he slept in his big boy crib, I snuck in in the middle of the night so I could still wake up next to him. Those early morning smiles are better than the best cup of coffee!
Watching his amazement at the simplest things
His latest random fascination is the dishwasher. As soon as we turn it on, he’ll crawl over and stare at it with the deepest, contemplative look I’ve ever seen. Like he’s solving mathematic equations or something. He squeals at himself in the mirror, kicks his feet in anticipation for a new solid food, and has great magnitudes of gratitude when we give him the simplest toys, like a water bottle for example. He reminds me to be excited about the world, to appreciate what God has created, and to marvel at the things that may seem ordinary. He’s my inspiration.
Seeing a human being who is literally a part of my very self learn and love
‘nough said! And I wouldn’t have the words for how amazing this is anyway…
What are some things you can’t imagine life without now that you’re a parent?
What makes it all worth it to you?
Comment and let us know!
— Sarah Leifeste