Before I had to a baby I thought for sure I was just not a baby person. I had been known to joke that I would be perfectly happy to pop out a five year old. Of course, like everyone says, it's totally different when it's your own kid. Do I look forward to a time when I can bring Max to fun places and have him actually get it? Yes. Will it be easier when we can just put him in the car and give him snacks and not worry about him taking an hour to eat? Sure. But there are so many things to love about now. So many things I will miss.
You're gonna miss this. You're gonna want this back. You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast. These are some good times. So take a good look around. You may not know it now. But you're gonna miss this.~You're Gonna Miss This, Trace Adkins
Max can "talk" but not actually say anything. This means I don't have to worry about the word "no" yet! (Yes, I realize that crying is the baby form of "no" but let's stay positive now shall we?)
He knows how to cuddle and is willing to take naps on his mommy.
Max doesn't know how to give actually kisses yet. He just opens his mouth like he is going to eat your face. Adorable.
I can remember when you fit in the palm of my hand. You felt so good in it, no bigger than a minute. How it amazes me you're changing with every blink. Faster than a flower bloom they grow up all too soon. So let them be little 'cause they're only that way for awhile. Let them cry, let them giggle, let them sleep in the middle. Oh, just let them be little. ~Let Them Be Little, Lonestar
He greets us every morning with adorable smiles, like it's the best news ever that we are actually right there in his room.
Max has little feet and little hands. I love when he holds on to my finger and we hold hands.
Max loves to smile. If he's in a good mood all you have to do is smile at him and you'll get some smiles back.
He can sleep anywhere (well except his crib…). He falls asleep in the car, out at a restaurant, sleeps right through most errands. No need to change our schedule for his naps, he prefers to nap out in public. Fortunately, he does believe in the crib for night time sleeping!
Max still goes to bed late and while I do look forward to the day where I have "me time" at night again, I also love that we get to hang out with him for so long even after being at work all day. Plus, it's convenient that we can still be out until 8 or so and not worry about messing up his nighttime routine.
He makes me laugh with his funny faces and crazy noises.
I love that it is relatively easy to solve all of Max's problems right now (assuming I know what the problem is…). If he's hungry I can feed him. If he is wet, I can change him. If he is tired, I can take him for a car ride or put him in the Ergo. I know there will come a time soon where I won't be able to solve all of his problems. I know that's a good thing, that it will make him into the teenager and a adult I want him to be. But for now, I will enjoy that just me picking him up is often something to smile about.
So many things he does are new and still very exciting. He can roll over, grab his feet, follow people with his eyes… it seems like every day he can do something new.
Four years later bout four thirty, she's crawling in their bed. And when he drops her off at preschool, she's clinging to his leg. The teacher peels her off of him, he says what can I do? She says now don't you worry this will only last a week or two. It won't' be like this for long. One day soon we'll drop her off and she won't even know your gone. This phase is gonna fly by, if you can just hold on… it won't be like this for long. ~It Won't Be Like This For Long, Darius Rucker
*All photos in this post that don't look like they were taken with an iPhone are courtesy of the best photographer and aunt ever, Caroline.