I have an almost 9 month old…

Seriously.

On July 7th, Calvin will be 9 months old. I have absolutely no idea where the time has gone, but one thing is for sure, it’s flown by! I no longer have a baby who needs my support to sit up, who needs burping after feeds, and if left in a spot for a minute or two, would still be exactly where I left him when I got back. Calvin is on the move. It happened within the space of a few days, one day he was shuffling around and getting nowhere, just swimming against the carpet, and the next thing I knew he was up on his hands and knees and shifting!

8 Months!

My sister-in-law recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, and when I hold her, it’s like I’ve forgotten what a newborn feels like, and that’s a little sad. I don’t miss the two-hour feeds all through the night, but I do miss the hours of having Calvin skin to skin against my chest and fast asleep. But, I do realize and see that each stage has pros and cons, and those pro’s outweigh anything else. For instance, I love that Calvin can say mama and dada in context, that he can sign “milk” to me when he is ready to eat and that he laughs! Oh how he laughs! Curtis said something to me yesterday that is a testament to the love a parent has for their child.

“I would do anything to make him laugh.”

In the midst of all of these developmental leaps that Calvin is making, we are also packing up and getting ready to move out! A task made a little more difficult with a little man who wants to get into everything. Along side this, the kindness of mothers was evident to me this week, when a new mom passed on a jogging stroller (given to her second-hand for free), to me, for free! This is just what I need to give me the push to get back on my skates. I’m looking forward to strapping on the skates, popping Calvin into the stroller and tearing up the neighborhood!

I leave you with a quote from Bill Watterson’s – Calvin and Hobbes –

“Calvin: Dad where do babies come from?
Dad: Well Calvin, you simply go to Sears, buy the kit and follow the assembly instructions.
Calvin: I came from Sears?
Dad: No you were a blue-light special at K-Mart – almost as good and a lot cheaper!”

Early Morning Update

I’ve started this post so many times. I’ve listed everything that’s happened since I last posted, but when I read it back, it was hollow and empty despite being so full. I don’t want to put bullets points on my life, listing experiences like they are precursors to something bigger. As I lay here at 4:30 in the morning, looking at my sleeping child, I realize every step we take in this life is much bigger than we may see it.

Of course, I know that our actions, our words and the way we choose to interact with one another molds our existence and also our happiness. But I have also lived by the notion of not sweating the small stuff. I could lay here and look at Calvin sleeping and think about how many more nights there will be like this, but really I should be enjoying this moment now. So, although I can’t convey it so easily via text, I am taking in his scent, listening to his breathing, watching his chest rise and fall and focusing on the feeling of his tiny little hand resting against my arm.

Where am I going with this? Well… I don’t know… Maybe it is easier sometimes to just list the big stuff, and to internalize the little things. So here is the update. Calvin turns eight months old in a weeks time. We took a trip to England in February to visit my family. And by the end of next month, we will be living in a new home.

Plain and simple, if you want the details, we’ll talk. But for now, I’ll leave it there. I’ll be trying to post more in the coming weeks. More photos, more words, more interesting! (I hope!)