When I was pregnant, and even when baby boy had first arrived I thought of all the wonderful lessons I'd teach him one day - manners, potty training, sharing, self control, respect, obedience, etc.
I had no idea back then that when William arrived he would start teaching me some lessons too. He may look little, but he sure has taught me a lot in five short months!
- He's taught me that although it's OK to have a plan, I also need to be flexible.
- He's taught me how to slow down and see the beauty and amazement in the small things. Christmas lights, snow falling, or the way a certain funny noise tickles our throat in a new and interesting way. :)
- He's taught me that laying on the blanket while we read books really is more fun than folding that laundry or doing those dishes.
- He's taught me that the power of a smile can really brighten someone's day.
- He's taught me that all is not lost if he misses a nap every once in a while. The world is to be explored and observed.
- He's taught me patience.
- He's taught me that those few extra moments of baby snuggles in the morning far outweigh the tiredness I feel from a baby who woke up early.
But most of all, he's taught me what true, innocent, unabashed love really is.
Nathan and I have often commented on how cool it is that William just loves us. Unconditionally. No strings attached. It doesn't matter if we're having a bad hair day, whether we forget to put on deodorant that morning, have the worst coffee breath ever, or are just in a funky mood. He still smiles up at us with those big sweet eyes and does what comes naturally for him - he loves. I could learn a lesson or two from watching him innocently love with no strings attached.
Being a parent is one of the most rewarding journeys. And we're just getting started.