My daughter, Esther Jane, is almost twelve months now and it has me thinking back over the highlights of this past year. Here is a list of my favourite things about being a parent in the first year.
-The smiles. There is nothing like a baby’s smile. It lights up her whole face and there isn’t any doubt of it’s sincerity.
-The milestones. Learning to smile, laugh, sit up, clap, wave, crawl, and stand. Each event was met with joint excitement from all three of us.
-The communication. Hearing her say “mom, dad, kitty, I love you” and more. All those, “did I hear her right?” moments.
-The cuddles. When she wraps her little arms around me I never want it to end. When we get into a frustrating battle of wills, sometimes a hug is what we both need to get us back on track. I’ve learned that wet, sloppy kisses are the best.
-The personality. Watching the characteristics she was born with emerge full-force. Learning what she likes and dislikes and being able to know what she wants without using any words.
-The learning. Showing her how the world works, getting down on my hands and knees with her and seeing things from her level. Dancing, singing, and sharing jokes that no one else gets.
- The love. Knowing that she gives me all her trust and heart. It’s scary to see someone put so much faith in you but it’s also a source of confidence and motivation to do my very best as a parent.
What are some of your favourite things about being a parent?