I always knew it would be amazing to watch my children grow and learn. I knew I would be watching for the big milestones – the first smiles, lifting their heads, rolling over etc.
What I don’t think I expected was the subtle changes that would mean so much and that I would become the biggest cheerleader for. Over the last couple of weeks both boys have started to become aware of their hands, and that they control them. Random, flailing movements are becoming purposeful and focussed. They don’t just look at objects close to them, they study them. They reach out and grab. They touch and scratch at fabrics within reach. They gurgle and explore their voices. You can see the concentration on their faces as they master their new skills.
Before, they looked. Now, they see.
Before, they heard. Now, they listen.
Before, they touched. Now, they feel.
Last weekend we converted their pram to forward-facing seats as they had outgrown their carrycots. We went for two walks on Saturday and they took longer naps than normal afterwards. I can only assume that the extra stimulation of finally being able to see the world at last was very tiring!
Mr A gave his first real laugh on Saturday, which was magical. He’s been so close to it for days and I finally managed to convince him during our little game of ‘fist bump’!
The newborn phase certainly seems over now. Before we know it we’ll be onto the weaning stage!
Parenting young babies is hard work and there’s no getting round that. It can be busy like you wouldn’t believe. But sometimes, there are special little moments to be captured if you just look closely enough.