What I learned from Little G this year

November 10, 2012 at 10:56 am

It’s hard to believe, but each time I do the math I come up with the same answer. It has been just over two years since the Great G-bini joined our team. Wow, time really does fly when you’re having fun!

We have a friend and neighbor who used to stop every time she saw me laying out on the lawn with G and ask “What have you learned from him lately?” I thought this was a lovely way to shift the baby dynamic. So often we are in awe of all the amazing things that our children have learned, but we rarely stop to think about what we have learned from them.

G is growing like a weed and learning new things every day. Last night he caught a ball for the first time and sang “Twinkle, twinkle little star” while looking up at the night sky. He loves being outside, and playing cars or blocks or snuggling with Mom while watching Cars.

I am still astounded by how quickly he can learn and grow, and how much I am capable of loving him, even in the midst of “terrible twos”!

Last year, I wrote a post describing the top 10 things I learned from Little G in his first year. I thought I should do the same this year for his second. So, here we go!

Let’s hit it!

The top 10 things I learned from G this year:

10. Always buy the good insurance for your expensive electronic devices. And sturdy covers.
9. Sunshine makes everybody feel better.
8. Dirt is still awesome.

Totally awesome

7. Food is more than a simple source of energy. It is also a toy, an art project, a conversation starter, a power struggle, a remedy for crankiness, a way to express our individuality, and a dangerous projectile.
6. You don’t have to dance well to really enjoy it.
5. Saturday is the best day of the week.

Life is pretty awesome

4. The healing power of touch is amazing, and we never outgrow it. Hugs are important, as are kisses for boo-boos, a supportive back rub, being held by strong arms to chase away night-time anxieties and tickles to make us smile when we haven’t in a while.
3. Everybody loves swings.
2. Clothes matter less than I could have imagined. If it makes you feel awesome, wear it. “Appropriate dress” is best judged by the person doing the wearing, and nobody else.
1. The most ridiculously good-looking person in our house is the one with the biggest smile!

Where else can you find true joy?