I’ve enjoyed every stage and milestone of my children’s lives. I’ve always tried to enjoy their capabilities of the moment while also looking forward to the coming growth and change. I still remember the excitement and new freedom of my children sitting for the first time, or their crawling and scooting around the house almost faster than I could keep up with! There was eating solid foods for the first time near a year old and about six months later saying a final goodbye to diapers. Being free of diapers sure changed our world!
I actually enjoy, in hindsight, the predictability of difficult life stages like sleeping less and nursing more at night around four months and again at nine-ish months or dealing with hitting (seemingly out of nowhere!) around seventeen months!
This is a whole new stage we are in with Lily. She’s seven and a half and becoming a full-on participant with all the fun things we are doing. She can hike along side us without needing to be carried or ride her bike with us all the way to town and back. She’s always been my companion to parties, festivals and shows where kids are normally not seen but she’s better able to share in the enjoyment of the moment. I’m absolutely loving it!