People really are right
I’m a contrarian, and it galls me to admit it, but sometimes “everyone”–that much-maligned voice of conventional wisdom–really is right.
“It”–the baby phase–really does go by so quickly, and you really do forget what it’s like to have a new baby.
I was recently around a few newborns–the children of two friends, a mama at a playgroup, and my cousin–and I was absolutely shocked at how tiny and funny-looking and winkled and red they looked. My baby never looked like that–did he?
Uh, yes, of course. It’s just that now he’s 20 months old, dragging a step stool over to a counter and climbing up to grab a yogurt and occasionally yelling “Help me!” if he can’t quite reach. . . .people really are right, and things do change so quickly you don’t even notice it. When I look back at early pictures of him, I can’t believe how small he was. Sometimes when he’s curled up against me, nursing or cuddling, I have a momentary flash when I realize just how long his body is right now, vs. when he was born, but those are rare. Usually, I don’t even remember the past–everything is the present, the sweet sweet ever-changing present of babies (er, toddlers. . .).
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