Hello there. Sorry for the long absence, but, you see, we have a tiny miracle living under our roof.
This is not (yet) a baby blog, and so I will forgo the story of the birth, the first impressions of baby, and the ongoing saga of nursing, diapering, and trying to get one strong-willed little human to sleep. This is a blog about teaching and learning, and discovering new things. So, actually, this is in many ways a baby blog 🙂
Elijah, our new little family member, is earning the equivalent of a PhD in physical and cognitive development, with weekly epiphanies. One week he can’t open his hand, the next, he is sucking on his thumb like it was made for the job — which it more or less was.
Of course, from the outside this looks like nothing much. We can open our hands, right? And sitting up tends to be a requirement for most people’s daily life. But in the beginning, we ALL had to fight and work so hard to do these things.
I am trying to keep track of all his moments of growth, but it gets hard as they start to pile up. Opening his eyes the second day, smiling the sixth week, and grabbing and holding things during the 11th week are all noted. But who knows when he started following us with his eyes, or recognizing us as his people?
In some ways, I think it is a little sad that none of us remember being an infant. But then, with all the rapid learning and development that happens, it could be too much for our systems to both acquire this knowledge, and reflect upon it. And maybe trying to document it all takes a little of the wonder out of the daily discoveries. We might do better to just enjoy the moments, fleeting as they are.
I hope you can take a minute today to reflect on how amazing you are to know all that you do, and to realize that at one time, you knew nothing at all, too.*
*The reading of children’s books has obviously already made an impact — rhyming has begun!