from nothing to something

One week ago, we were still counting Theo’s baby steps.  Last night we went to Borders and I followed him practically from one side of the store to the other – on foot!  I can’t believe how much difference a week makes.  My baby is walking.  Really walking!  His confidence got the best of him in that wide open space a few times and he thought about running.  He hasn’t quite perfected that yet, but I betcha it won’t be long.  Being a parent is the craziest thing – you just never realize how big the little things really are until you are living them with your own child.  (good or bad…ahem, see my post from yesterday if you don’t know what I’m talking about).

It never fails to amaze me how my heart can just about burst at the seams with love and pride when my kid masters something that the rest of us take for granted.  Did I mention he’s walking!?  It just doesn’t feel right to say that already.  Every day he’s getting smarter and making connections.  He has a pillow pet that he got for Christmas.  The other day when I said “where’s your pillow pet?” he got up and abandoned the toy he was playing with and started looking around for it, saying to himself  “pet pet.”  It was just about the cutest thing ever.  (And he found his pillow pet, which is about as big as he is, and then he dragged it all over the place until he moved on to the next toy).  I about died. 

Speaking of making progress, last Sunday we bought the mystery baby a crib and dresser.  And two sets of brand new, itty bitty, so cute and precious little newborn clothes.  More girl stuff than boy obviously, but I did buy some boy stuff.  What if I had just used all Theo’s old stuff and they looked just alike?  I wouldn’t even be able to tell them apart in pictures from the hospital.  Sidenote- I was looking through my clothes and got all excited to see my maternity/nursing nightgown in the dresser.  Well I can’t hardly wear that at the hospital either – all the pictures will look the same once again.  Or maybe that’s just an excuse to treat myself to some cute new things.  Lord knows you need all the help you can get to feel pretty in the hours and days after giving birth! 

I bought a convertible car seat for Theo to free up the infant seat for the new baby.  It’s the Graco My Ride 65.  It got great reviews and I loved the look of it, but I’m not sold on it just yet.  It was a great value, and maybe some of that is where I’m noticing the difference.  We basically had the top of the line in infant seats and everything seems so much smoother and more deluxe in retrospect, now that we are trying out the Graco seat.  Jury’s still out on whether we’ll keep it.  For our other vehicle, we are getting the Safety 1st Air Protect, which also got great reviews.  We shall see…

Anyway, we’re making progress in all sorts of ways at our house.  Babies are growing and change is coming.  One thing’s for sure – time won’t stand still whether you want it to or not.