Newborn, infant and toddler. Prior to having Boogie, those words were interchangeable to me. There really couldn’t be that much difference between the stages, right?
I can now relate the changes to the stages of a sunrise. Newborn is like the darkness right before dawn; you know that things are about to change, but you appreciate the stillness. Infancy is when you first start seeing those brilliant colors streak across the sky, and the awakening begins to occur. Toddlerhood is proving to be similar to when the sun crosses the horizon and displays its full glory, and you can visualize how beautiful the day will turn out to be; all systems firing at full speed.
I remember when Boogie started staying awake for longer periods and was becoming more aware of his surroundings. It was like watching a lightbulb come on; he began tracking us, locking in on us with that laser beam stare. Suddenly, we realized that we now have an audience. What did we do? Started to act ridiculous, making faces, smiling like loons, baby talk, etc., just to strengthen the connection.
At about 3 months of age, Boogie began to show that he had preferences. His core was incredibly strong, and he had started rolling over. It didn’t take long for him to start expressing an interest in wanting to sit up. I remember the first baby crunch that he did in an attempt to pull himself to sitting, and I laughed so hard! It was one of the cutest things I had ever seen. The look of determination on his face was great.
Now that he’s quickly approaching his first birthday, I’m learning that what worked one day, may not necessarily work the next. This absolutely applies to food too. Some days, he loves pears, the next, he looks at me while dropping them on the floor. At times like this, no response is the best response; babies are great at making EVERYTHING into a game, and since I don’t want to spend a hour scooping pears off the floor, I ignore it. Later, when he’s playing and distracted, I clean up.
Each day brings about a new sense of awareness from Boogie and he looks forward to trying out his new skills. It’s so much fun watching him grow and gain confidence and independence. I’m so excited to see where this journey is going to take us.