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Sunday, June 13, 2010

I Spy

Your dad has been away on a business trip all weekend and a part from a few hours today, when I had a luxurious massage followed my lunch with a friend, it has been just you and me.

You have been an absolute joy (see Friday's post for my thoughts on that) and I have realized that if I could earn a salary for watching you, I'd be a millionaire!

I love to spy on you as you try to figure things out; like how the wheels turn on your toy train and how if you push a button, the music comes back on. You appear so deep in concentration as you move from station to station in your bedroom... from the toy box over to the book shelf, on to the basket that holds all of your stuffed animals and then to the window sills. You are very busy and always seem to be on an exploration. You are deep into cause and effect and how things work right now and it is fascinating to observe.

You make very calculated movements, as though you think your next step though before you bolt off to do it. This is such an incredible characteristic to witness take shape as you learn more about the world around you and one that you most definitely did NOT inherit from me.

You are really smart. I know, I'm your mother so I may be a bit biased, but you
know to turn a book around when it is upside down and when you see a funny picture, you actually laugh.

I sat and stared at you for at least 5 minutes while you rediscovered a book that you hadn't seen in a while. You flipped slowly through it, page by page and giggled quietly to yourself at the smiling babies that you saw inside and when you were done, you started right back at the beginning. I watched you do this four times in row. It was so endearing and I didn't even know it, but tears started rolling out down my face.

Maybe I was still on a "spa high", maybe my hormones are on overdrive (will they EVER return to normal?!?) or perhaps, and I'm banking on this one, I'm simply in love with my son and everything he does.

Today was a good day, but as always, the best is yet to be.

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10 Comments:

Blogger Cori Benson said...

Love this quote you ended your post with:

"Today was a good day, but as always, the best is yet to be."

Beautifully written!!

June 13, 2010 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

I also love to watch "spy" on the kids...they are absolutely amazing to me. It makes my heart smile and it makes me feel incredibly proud.
Just lately, things that Tater has been saying leaves me in awe. After reading this post, I may have to swallow the lump in my *gullet* and try to write about my feelings and the incredible love that I feel for him (them, all of them, but you know what I mean!)

June 13, 2010 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger Ms. Understood said...

Absolutely beautiful post. That parent-child bond is a bond like no other. This mom(parent) blogs make me so hopeful for the future.

June 13, 2010 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger KLZ said...

I do this all the time. Although, Alex does not love to read which bums me out. He still prefers to chew on books and make "music" with anything. I'm hoping the reading thing develops more but...I can't make him be just like me, huh?

June 13, 2010 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger gingerbreadmama said...

I, too, love to watch MZK play and experience life. It is so amazing to see them learn and interact and be imaginative. It is so sweet that you cried watching LMW read. I love it!

June 13, 2010 at 10:09 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

Beautiful!! I think Lucas is lucky to have such a wonderful, loving mama!

June 14, 2010 at 3:43 AM  
Blogger ALI said...

I think the most priceless part of being a mother, is watching my son learn. Much like your son, it is obvious when the wheels are turning, as since they rarely stop - it keeps me on my toes.

This is such a beautiful letter Lucas will some day treasure...

June 14, 2010 at 6:52 AM  
Blogger liz said...

This is one of my most favorite things about being a mom, and especially, the toddler years. When you can see the wheels a turning as they understand and learn.

June 14, 2010 at 8:24 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

Such a sweet post today!! OMG, you had me teary eyed too over here! He is such a smart guy and getting smarter everyday! XOXO

June 15, 2010 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Sophie Eschenlohr said...

Lovely post Tonya! I still spy on my girsl! I love being the witness of their "first times"! Lucas is a lucky little boy to have a Mommy like you. He'll love reading your posts when he's older! xoxo

June 17, 2010 at 12:07 AM  

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