he had his little hand laying on my chest and I stared at how little his fingers were. I watched them spread out, then close a bit against my skin. I saw
the four little indentations where his knuckles will grow more pronounced. I noticed a few corners on his nails that need trimming; they grow so fast! I
paid attention to the warmth of his hand. I stared amazed that his hand was even smaller when he was born. Doesn’t seem possible but I know it’s true.
After a few minutes, he started moving his arm so his hand swished like a windshield wiper. I kept thinking of what a miracle he is. I carried him around in my womb for 10 months. Now here he is–discovering the world. He’s learning how to move his body. He’s growing. He’s changing constantly. He is becoming more and more of himself with each day.
It’s so easy to stare and marvel at his every move. It’s all exciting! When he’s awake, he smiles all the time. He’s also started cooing and squealing, eager to express himself. He kicks his legs like he’s running a marathon or going swimming. He pushes his chest up into upward dog before tumbling over to one side. He sits up by holding onto your fingers and then ker-plunks over onto a pillow. He drooling and chewing on everything in sight from teethers to hands to burp cloths! He giggles the most precious giggle… he is a bundle of delight!
When I look at him I can’t help but think “MIRACLE”. It’s easy to get caught up into the demands of life and forget how precious life is. Yesterday was the two month anniversary of the Newtown shootings. I tear up every time I think about it because it’s so tragic. It’s all the more reason though, to marvel at every part of our children. Watch each movement. Listen to each sound. Pay attention at the miracle in front of you. Put your phone down and don’t worry about emailing so-and-so back right now. ENJOY the life you created. It’s a miracle and miracles deserve lots of attention!
Have a great week of marveling at the life you created!
Angela M. Barbieri
I am a happy mother of two. I’ve written for as long as I can remember. Since becoming a mother, I’ve started sharing my writing to connect with others and share what I learn. I hope to support parents through my writing because parenting challenges us (understatement) but also allows us to relive innocent, new experiences through the eyes of our children (amazing!).
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