Pre-Ayden, I thought nothing could change my relationship with my pets. Before David, I'm pretty sure I was on my way to being a cat lady. No seriously... I went through a phase during middle school where I was reading Cat Fancy magazine and had big plans to become a Rag Doll cat breeder. A cat that goes limp when you hold them? Yes please, hundreds of them! David came from a family that *liked* animals but never really considered them as a part of the family. When the two extremes collided we had a lot of arguments, made a lot of compromises and finally found a balance that allowed us to become happy with our one dog, one cat, one fish household.
Polly is a major lap cat. While I was pregnant, I made sure to snuggle her as much as possible knowing that things might change and boy have they!
|The week of my due date|
|Polly snoozing in the glider while Ayden and I played in his room today|
I also had a few moments where I fell even more deeply in love with Ayden today. You love your children more and more every day but there are moments that stop you in your tracks and make you think: "Wow! Are you really mine? How on Earth did I get so lucky?" and today I experienced several of those moments. I was telling David that I think it was because I had so little on my plate today. We are working together to keep the house so nice for unexpected showings so all I had to worry about was a couple of loads of laundry. The rest of the day was spent playing and snuggling with my little love and I was able to really notice and focus on how awesome he is. Here are a few pics that captures a few moments of awesomeness:
|Where do you think you're going, little man??|
|With his most prized possession|
He is so brave and motivated when it comes to standing. He pulls up, let's go, falls, smiles, and tries again. David texted me after seeing a video of his efforts and said that Ayden's persistence is motivating and he's so right. I think everything about a child's outlook on the world is motivating. They are always living in the moment, if they don't like something they don't do it, they see everything with a sense of awe and wonder, and everything is an adventure. One of the things I was looking forward to most as a parent was seeing the world for the first time through the eyes of my children and it really has been fun so far. I think we all have a lot to learn from these little people in our lives!