Having a baby starts each parent on a long journey of accomplishments. Birth in itself is one of life's greatest accomplishments for sure, especially for the mother and child. The accomplishment for Dad is more along the lines of getting a smiley face in kindergarten for being a good helper.
There are also many other accomplishments that Braden has reached that for some reason or other have not made it to the pages of this blog. There was the day he first found his pee pee. There was also the first time he started rummaging through our cabinets. Who could forget the first time he hit someone or the first time he peed on me. I guess the point is that with a new life everything is a first. You have to keep your eyes peeled to make sure you don't miss anything. Believe me, you don't want to miss the first time he tries to learn about Ohm's Law.
In my sometimes obscure mind there are other stages in the development of a child and a family that others may miss. Certain things help transform you from two scared adults with a screaming baby to a complete loving family. One of those things might be the first Christmas, or the first family photo. It could be the first time you go out to eat and actually share food. One of my favorites was Braden's first ride in a shopping cart at Wal-Mart. How can any Arkansas family be complete without a fully capable Wal-Mart shopping child.
I better get to the point of what brought about this ridiculous discussion. Yesterday before a trip to the aforementioned mecca of Arkansas shopping Arica and I made a decision. It took some deep thought and serious consideration, but we were ready. We have now become a gallon of milk family.
To me that signifies a growing family as well as anything. Our little guy is drinking so much milk that a half gallon will no longer sour alone in the back of the fridge. Move over lower grocery bills. It's time to make room for the new gallon of milk family. Next we might graduate to the two loaf of bread or 18 egg family. Stay tuned.