I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it a million times more, but I swear that motherhood keeps getting better! I am absolutely amazed at how much Calder changes each and every day. While he’s far from a perfect walker, and still struggles a bit over rough terrain, his toddle now has a bit of attitude or expression to it, depending on his mood that particular minute.
In the past few weeks he’s exploded with language and interaction, slowing moving from calling most things “Dis” (this) and pointing, to signing and/or attempting to say many new words. He’s been using “more,” “milk,” “water,” and “bird” for a while now. And now he’s also using “ball,” “dog,” “chew,” “cheese,” “Xanther,” “flag” and sometimes “tree.” He is constantly thinking and solving, playing and pretending. There are so many words that he knows when we say them, that I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before he starts using them too.
And not that I expect he “knows” what’s going on, but if you ask him where the baby is, he points to my belly and gives a big grin. I’m just stunned at how much of a little boy he is becoming and how it was just a fleeting moment ago that he was a tiny baby.
We’ve been trying to make a better effort to read more with Calder and tonight before bed was no exception. After just a few nights of this routine, he’s quickly learned to go to the bookshelf, pick a book then snuggle in the chair for the story.
I found him irresistably cute as he spent nearly two minutes grasping at the straw in the drink and the potato chips in one of the illustrations. He ultimately decided that pulling the book close to his face would allow him to taste the yumminess of the treats. He even gave his typical “ahhh” after his fake drink. I’m stunned by his imagination!
And if that wasn’t enough, two pages later, when we learned that the little fish was all alone, he flashed me his concerned expression and my heart surged. I know there’s going to come a day when I’m no longer cool, and I’m begging him to open up to me. But right here, and right now, I am totally head-over-heels in love with the transparency of his emotions.
As he eagerly snuggled in with his blanket and paci and giggled when I said “I Love You” I knew that tomorrow would hold a whole new adventure for us.