Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Honeymoon is Over.

The babe is walking. Let me back up...for those that don't know, little Beanie never crawled. Since her papa taught her how to walk while holding on to his hands at 7 months, she's been a little cruiser ever since. (I've given him strict instructions never to teach another child of ours this little trick since I have spent the last 5 months half-way bent over walking her little Highness around until her little hearts' content.) So she's been a very adept cruiser for quite some time and while she doesn't crawl she's got the bum-scoot down to an art. She took her first solo steps around Christmas, but it was very brief. After that she would occasionally walk to one of us with lots of cajoling and encouraging on our part. However, this week when she walked away from the couch into the void of space in front of her all on her own, I knew it was over. The Honeymoon that is. This has been such a fun time--watching her learn and grow every day, but without the need for serious parenting yet. Yes, I need to keep her safe and watch over her, but we're not into serious discipline yet. We're on the cusp and I can feel it coming fast. You really only have this one time with your first baby to enjoy this era of easy parenting. You're out of the newborn phase of no sleep and total cluelessness, but not yet to the tantrum throwing and time outs and No, don't touch that. No. No. NO! phase. (Well, she does throw tantrums, but they're pretty short and more due to a lack of communication rather than naughty behavior). Even when you have a new baby you will always have the older child to discipline (Azucar did I hear an AMEN!?) So I'm enjoying it, the Honeymoon is almost over and I'm not ready to come home.

4 comments:

  1. I'm laughing. All I can say is good luck. Sometimes I ask myself what the point is of even attempting to go to sacrament with a toddler. I don't remember the last time I actually got to listen to anything in those 3 hours. If your child is like mine, you will not have a lot of injuries. Sofia is so careful. Its awesome. Well, have fun! It is fun. No more grass stains and dirty knees!

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  2. You know Miggy, you remind me of myself with Brady. Some advice I wish I would have taken myself looking back: relax and enjoy the ride. Don't worry about "I bet she's gonna be a handful" or "it's gonna get worse." It probably will, but I think I wasted a lot of time dreading it all. It's so much easier to just appreciate these little peeps for who they are. I've learned to do that. They truly do come into this world with personalities of their own. Hope this doesn't sound preachy. This is really just an "ah-ha" (like that?) moment for me. She'll be perfect!

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  3. Britty--I agree...but for the record it's not so much being worried about HER as it is that I can't be as lazy. It just seems like real work and I don't want to have to worry about it...but I will. Sigh. But it is heartening to think that I'm just doing what every other mom has done.

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