I am not complaining! We wanted this baby for years, our lives are so much richer, our love for him and each other is so much deeper, it's just that you don't stop to think how much of your life will be diaper changes, scrubbing food off items, wiping faces and hands, spot treating carpet, etc. when you hear you're expecting.
What is downright baffling is how much you forget that 90% of your time with your child can be filled with chores, because that 10% with those special moments makes you stop and think "It's All Worth It!"
With Father's Day this weekend I've been reflecting on what an amazing experience parenthood is, and what an amazing father Jacob is in both responsibility and in enjoying the little moments. He can be folding laundry one minute, with sleep deprived eyes and that weight of so much to do on his face, and then hear a little voice say "Da Da Da" and I can see the puddle he's melted into. He often stops what he's doing to turn and smile, to talk back, to play with the baby for a few minutes, and then he turns back to the laundry with a big smile and completely different demeanor. There's nothing like the first time you hear your child call you mom or dad.
I keep thinking of the first time we heard laughs from our baby. We both almost died of pure joy. A baby giggle is one of the sweetest sounds in the world, and it never gets old. You'd better believe every day we're making complete fools of ourselves to get that child to let out some giggles!
The first time your baby reaches up and legit hugs you is another moment that you think how it's all worth it- and you basically forgive them for throwing their bowl of oatmeal on you and ruining your outfit and hair for the day.
Somehow these little moments make you feel completely even to every task they create for you.
We've teamed up with Gerber to share these little moments that make us say it's all worth it- and we'd love to hear, what's one of your moments you've experienced as a parent/aunt/caregiver?