Part of the reason for starting this blog, was to record the highs and lows of parenthood. So today, just for the record, I’m going to list the things that Daniel has done this week that make me smile. If you’re not in the mood for that, read no further – come back next time!
Saturday: eating peas with his fingers – managing to get one pea into his mouth with a little fat finger and thumb and then following it up, one by one, with all the peas in the bowl.
Sunday: hiding behind a muslin, holding it with both hands and then pulling it away from his face with a delighted smile when I say in a puzzled voice: ‘Where’s Daniel, Where’s Daniel?’
Monday: sitting in his cot quietly leafing through his cloth book about the rabbits that go to the beach in a car, carefully pointing at the tiniest details for himself, like a mouse eating a picnic on the sand
Tuesday: standing at the washing machine, pulling the dirty washing out as I try to put it in
Wednesday: trying to grab Doctor Moloney’s hair as he knelt to shine his little light into his mouth; waving at the little girl on the other side of the waiting room.
Thursday: sitting in the shopping trolley, looking too small really to be in the wire seat, holding on with both hands and peering at me with big eyes from behind the shopping list
Friday: giving me that quizzical look, as he sits in this high chair at supper time and hears the click, click of the door when Ross comes home – and the delighted smile that spreads over his face when he sees him come into the room
And everyday things: waving his nappy in the air as he lies on his back on the changing mat; saying ’tiss, tiss’ when someone sneezes; making clicking noises with his tongue; looking back at me, just to check, as he crawls out the kitchen door and disappears into the bathroom; working out how to swing the bedroom door open and close; sitting on the kitchen floor banging the wok with the wooden spoon; laughing at me when I play ‘this little piggy went to market’ on his toes … so many things to make me smile!