The Start of Something Great
Posted on Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 |
Life is absolutely amazing right now. I don't think I'm the only parent who has felt this way about having children. The word “Dada” from my two year old son has the ability to melt my heart and the simple smile from my two month old daughter can lift my spirit in ways that can only be done by her smile. You know what I mean. If you don't or if you have forgotten, then you need to hold my daughter, Alaina, and look into her blue eyes as she smiles. Your heart will immediately be affected. Being a parent has its responsibilities, but the rewards are greater than anyone could explain, though I will try.
Right now Alaina is at the age where she is recognizing faces and voices. The other day someone else was holding her, but when she heard my voice she immediately looked to me. Wow, I thought that was enough, but then she caught my eye. I looked at her and started to talk. Her eyes lit right up and a smile emerged that was meant only for her daddy. Don't get me wrong, she will smile at you too, but her smile for me is different. I am cherishing the time when I hold Alaina and we interact with each other. She is so beautiful whether she is sleeping, smiling, laughing, trying to talk, and even crying. I have known who she is for two months, but she is recognizing me more each day. Now is the time for me to set the foundation for our father and daughter relationship. It is wonderful. I love to spend time with her and she loves to spend time with me. Hopefully this won't change.
If you think that sounds great, then you should hear about Austin, my two year old. Everything is precious about our relationship, too. I wait in anticipation for him to yell “Dada” when he wakes up in the morning or from a nap. He knows who I am. His smile is also different when he smiles at me. He is learning more and more that our relationship is special. He is so full of life. He loves to play, pretend, explore, and just live. This time with him is awesome. What's amazing is that though Austin is so full of energy, he also has a tender, cuddly side. If you could see him bend down and kiss his sister, and say “I love you”, in his language, you would fall in love. He loves to hug and kiss. He can sit and cuddle in for a book or a cartoon. Every moment with him is incredible.
I write about this family time because I am learning the importance of parent and child relationships. This is the foundation of who our children will become. This is also the foundation for our relationship with our children. Please don't take for granted the time that you have with your children. They are your children. Their relationship with you should be different and better that all other relationships. As our children get older it will be our goal to continue what we've started. Hopefully, Austin and Alaina will always have that look and that smile for me that is only for me and hopefully I will have the same for them.