Wednesday, December 2, 2015

A Peter Post

Things I have learned since becoming a parent:

No one warns you about how hard it is to cut tiny little finger nails and toe nails.   Even if they would have told me it is not like there is a parenting class to prepare for it.  It is kind of like threading a needle in a hurricane during an earthquake.  Also no one told me how dirty their fingernails could get…you’d think the kid was digging in dirt 24/7. 

The first time you hurt your child and they bleed and cry it will break your heart and you’ll never want to do it again.  But those pesky fingernails just keep growing…

The looks of awe how cute your infant is, quickly turned to dread when you board an airplane with your (used to be) adorable infant.  Or people just avoid eye contact all together.

Our little man may not know how to talk, walk, or do much of anything else on his own yet but he sure know how to capture our hearts and the attention and love of most everyone around him. 

I never thought I would celebrate burps and poops as much as I have in the past 5 months.  I think I may need to remember that I once celebrated those monuments when he is a teenager and burping the alphabet at the dinner table. 

I think that somehow the weight of my child triples when I am trying to carry him in the car seat. 

Your child will wake up as soon as you sit down to a hot meal and he will need to be changed, feed, and/or soothed until that hot meal is cold but you won’t even care because when he smiles at you, suddenly all is right with the world.

We never knew what a blessing sleeping through the night was until we couldn’t do it anymore.  Thankfully for the most part that blessing has returned to our lives. 

Our little guy may be the best evangelistic tool we have.  We have been able to have more conversations and meet more people because of him.  His blond reddish hair and blue eyes are a big hit here. 

Since starting to teeth I think Peter has become a fountain of drool.  We are having a drought here is South Africa. I wish there was a way to bottle up all his drool and do something useful with it. 

It hard to believe that in less than half a year our little guy could change our world as much has he has, but we would not have it any other way.  We are so blessed to be his parents and we will try to always remember what a blessing he is and teach him to be a blessing to others. 

Joe and I have done a lot of stuff together but Peter is the best thing we have been a part of. 

Until next time: Your child learning to blow raspberries is super cute until they do it when they are eating.  Well it is still cute then…but it is just a bit messier.