Anyone with kids will agreem with me when I say It’s amazing how quickly children grow. It’s true when they say children grow up too fast. Our little boy is around 18-months old now. Over the last few months we’ve noticed something “different”. I’m not exactly sure when this actually occurred, but somewhere along the way our “little baby” turned into a “big boy”.
It still seems like it was yesterday that we brought our little baby home from the hospital. He weighed in at around six and a half pounds, and his size “newborn” clothes and diapers were almost too big. When I would hold and cradle him in my arms, it was just like holding a doll. I mean, I knew that babies were small. I had held and been around my fair share of babies growing up. But still, when that little baby belongs to you, it just feels different. You want to be extra gentle. You want to hold him extra close. There are just so many new things when a baby comes along:
- It’s just such a neat experience to give him a bottle, and see him suck it down. It’s a lot of work for a baby to suck down a bottle, even though it’s only a few ounces.
- Giving him a bath in the kitchen sink was quite an experience. He absolutely loved his baths, and they really helped to calm him down before bed.
- He looked so tiny when we took him places and loaded him up in his carseat.
So many things have happened since those early days. He learned to walk, and now he’s always running around everywhere. He learned to climb up the stairs (though he knows that either mommy or daddy have to carry him down). He’s just become such a big boy. I gave him his first haircut a while ago, and that was a super neat experience. He plays in the backyard and picks up every rock and stick he can find.
Over the weekend, we went to my wife’s family reunion. They always have it at an area park, complete with a playground. Our little boy was getting restless after lunch, so I took him out to the playground. I don’t think he’d ever really “played” on a playground before, and I didn’t know if he’d be big enough. I carried him up onto the equipment and we walked around. They had a few little bridges that he was a little tentative about walking across, but after doing it once he caught on and was having a blast. We went down a couple slides together, crawled through some tubes (easy for Tyler, but much more difficult for daddy), and all that fun stuff. Then some of the other family came over, and I tried something else. There was this big tube slide, the biggest one at the playground. Tyler and I had gone down it together once. But, I decided to put him down the slide by himself, since there was family at the bottom to catch him. He absolutely LOVED it! When he got to the bottom and stood up, he just screamed. Only, it wasn’t a bad, scared scream. He had a huge smile on his face, and it was a happy scream.
I had begun to realize this a while ago, but there’s no denying it now: our little baby has turned into a big boy. On the one hand, it’s somewhat bittersweet. We really enjoyed Tyler as a baby. He was such a good baby, and we never had any trouble with him. I’m not saying that we’re disappointed that he’s growing up. It’s just that we’ve had so many great memories of him as a baby. Now, on the other hand, we are definitely excited about moving into boyhood and all the new memories we’ll be making.
With children growing up as fast as they do, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to be there and really make a conscious effort to make as many great memories as you can. Babyhood only lasts so long, and then it’s gone and boyhood begins. I must say that I’m grateful for all the memories I have of Tyler being a baby, and I’m looking forward to the new memories now that he’s moved on to boyhood.