Braden is growing up faster than I can track. Every day he is on to new skills and adventures. He has transformed from crawler to full time walker in the past week. Now when I am looking for him I have to raise my gaze to a few feet off the floor rather than scouring the hardwood for the little guy.
He continues to eat more and more foods. He often eats at the table with Mommy and Daddy these days. He loves to drink water from his sippy cup. I am using love here in the way that Pooh loves honey or Norm loves beer. He gets a little juice from time to time which he obviously likes as well. He has nearly completed his metamorphosis from baby to one year old. I can hardly believe it.
This morning Braden practiced one of his new favorite skills. That skill is pointing. When kids are older you will hear many a parent say don't point. Pointing is rude. But for a baby it is an important step in communication. Braden constantly points at things he wants. For those of you who have forgot babies want everything. He points at the lights, the fan, the pictures on the wall. He points at toys out of his reach, food he wants, and even toothbrushes by the sink. Last night I was reading him a book when he started pointing at his bookshelf.
I am not sure if this means he was enjoying reading time and he wanted more books, or he wanted me to shut up and put the book back where it belongs. Until he can talk I will be optimistic and assume he only means nice things.
Now to the pointing story that started this discussion. Most mornings I feed Braden a bottle when he wakes up around 7:30. After his bottle I put him back to bed before I go to work. This morning I tried to hold him for a little while before putting him back to bed. He kept struggling to get away. He struggled and turned around while standing on my lap. I figured he wanted down, and I would have to take him back to bed right away. Then as he turned around he pointed to his stuffed monkey laying on the ottoman. I gave him the monkey. He hugged it tight and laid down on my chest. We sat like that for a few minutes in the dark. It was a wonderful moment that I will never forget.
These type moments are the ones that Arica and I are trying to cherish every day because our baby is growing up too fast.