You've been pulling yourself up onto furniture for weeks now, possibly even months. A few days ago you started standing all on your own though, no furniture assistance required by you. But tonight, we were in your room together and I turned to notice you. You were standing straight up in the middle of the room, unassisted. Our eyes locked and I was drawn to you and I watched you intently as if I was waiting for something. Your eyes looked into mine as if to say, here I am, I think I'm ready, Momma. And you stepped. And you stepped. And you stepped again. Time stood still as I blinked to see if my eyes were truthful, which they were.
And my heart exalted in that childlike Christmas morning way.
And this event alone has been reason number 2, 356 that I am grateful to be home with you.
I will tell you though, these actually were not your first steps. One day about two weeks ago when Grandma and Grandpa were in town you walked for the first time. I was upstairs drawing your bath, and Dad was outside walking the dogs and we missed it.
When Grandma and Grandpa excitedly recounted the details my first feeling was sadness....sadness that I missed such an important thing, but in an instant that sadness was replaced by pure bliss. Bliss that my family got to witness such a beautiful and special thing! Happiness-- since Grandma and Grandpa don't get to see you often enough- this was your special gift to them.
Other firsts for you? Two weeks ago your top two teeth made a welcome but painful at the time entry into the world....You also have spoken your first word. The word is Wow, and each and every time you say it you do so with such awe and expression that my heart melts.
Life is so chock full of goodness and ripe Summer fun. We are so lucky. I am so lucky.