Every child begins the world again.
Henry David Thoreau
It is almost two years when we received God’s greatest gift to us. 20 months today, Ellie, is our constant source of joy AND worry. Is it easy being a parent? NO. Is it a whirlwind of emotions that you’re always worried if you’re doing a great job? YES. Is it awesome, exciting and surprising in ways that even the most upsetting of days cannot be compared to the hugs and kisses? Definitely yes.
Parenthood is terror mixed with delight and wonder – a true representation of humanity.Tags shared that he is happy being a dad because he is witnessing how Ellie is growing and how she reaches her milestones and achievements and such moments are priceless.
When Ellie was born (still shiny and brand new), we were ecstatic that even when there’s no manual for her this is the best OJT ever!
Here are few reasons why we love the F A C T that we are (her)parents:
- Feeling those little hands curling around our fingers to hold us.Knowing that we are blessed to have her in our lives.
- Gazing in those bright little eyes and knowing that deep inside she loves us too.
- Seeing my husband show off Ellie to his relatives and friends.
- Watching Ellie’s chubby innocent face as she sleeps and I can’t help but wonder what the future will be for her.
- Buying cute baby clothes and accessories (swimwear included) even if she’s too little for those.
- The moment she started laughing and you laugh with her for no reason because her giggles are infectious like that.
- The unspoken bond we build with fellow dads and moms.
- We never thought that we got talents when it comes to singing and dancing and became instant healthy chefs for our little one.
- The joy of sharing your experiences during pregnancy and THAT unique birth story.
- Smelling the best scent in the world – your tiny fragile baby.
- When she starts to develop her personality as early as 13 months.
- HER first steps.
- Now we know the right things to say when friends are also expecting a baby.
- When you became a parent you will again start to appreciate simple pleasures e.g. a cute butterfly or the bright chubby star hanging on the ceiling.
- Waking up from her hugs and sloppy kisses (sometimes a slap or a kick too)
- Mastering the tricky art of MULTITASKING
- We became more aware of VALUES and MORALS and other things that we want to rub off on her.
- We now have a much deeper and better understanding about other families too. Example: Toddler crying and shouting at the mall.
- Who would have thought that we can carry 15kg toddler around the mall for hours because she likes to be carried after running around. I never thought my husband is that strong.
- Hearing her say Mama and Papa and we know that it’s us that she is calling.
- Watching her grow and reach her milestones and seeing little version of us – in many different ways.
- When she start scribbling on her books, paper, walls, doors and other available surfaces – we didn’t get angry at her – I posted it on Instagram instead.
- The pride inside us when she started to learn stuff and can answer us correctly. That’s our girl!
- The way she invades our bed – our cabinets – the whole room because of her stuff and the whole house – because she is everywhere!
- Ellie made us appreciate life even more… all babies do.
- Now,our hearts got special spaces for other kids too! There’s a certain hurt inside us when we see kids being abused and not treated the way they should be taken care of.
- Capturing moments with tons of photos because we know those moments will never happen again!
- The precious moments of teaching (more of influencing) her to love writing and books.
- When we see her taking good care of her stuff toys and giving them hugs and kisses and even sharing her bottled milk. Sharing is caring and she knows that already! OMG.
- Being a parent means we are able to create and shape the future.
Parenting is difficult but overall it is amazing. Let’s not take our days as a parent for granted. Before we know it, we will be sending them off to college and then… I don’t want to get to the next part. The time we have with our kids is very limited. Let’s be the best parents we can be while they still need us because time flies so fast.Just yesterday, I was looking at a picture of Ellie as an infant and now she’s 20 months! Even as I type those words I choke up. I don’t want to miss a moment.
What makes you love the fact that you’re a parent?