Monday, February 16, 2015

New Found Movement

My teeny tiny baby who is not so teeny or tiny anymore has discovered the art of movement! She has been crawling for a couple of weeks now and during that time has made it look like she has been doing it for years! Now she is pulling herself up on the furniture and walking around it!

I was pondering this over my coffee the other day, about how much of a big deal these simple milestones are to a parent and how people who may not have children would feel about the topic.

To a non-parent the ability to crawl, stand or walk is a fairly average thing to be able to do. As a parent though, every time your baby does something new for the very first time no matter how little the accomplishment might be; brings a whole wave of emotions... Pride, thrill, happiness and joy, sadness that they are growing up too fast and are one step further away from still being your little baby. 

The level of happiness that this tiny act can make you feel is hard to comprehend, even to a parent. Something that is so irrelevant to the rest of the world but makes you want to document every moment of it and rewatch it a thousand times.

When I stop and think about it a little deeper, about what else results from reaching this new milestone, sheds some light on why these intense feelings mean so much to me as a Mum. It's not just that she has learnt to crawl but what else comes from the ability to crawl.

This new found movement enables her to communicate what she is feeling too. Nothing can really describe how it feels to a parent when for the first time your baby is able to wiggle and roll and coordinate all their muscles in their tiny body to get from one spot not only over to you, but to pull themselves up and wrap their little arms around you and snuggle in! That all the effort it would take for her to achieve that, was worth it to her just so she could cuddle me!

Today, I am really appreciating being a Stay at Home Mum where I am able to be present for these special moments and have the opportunity to ponder it over coffee.

What special "first" has your children achieved lately?

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