There are definitely aspects of Waverly’s earliest days that I miss. I loved spending hours snuggling & cuddling that newborn body, staring at amazement at the little outfits that would fall off of her, and obviously, being with her 24 hours a day while on maternity leave. Even though we have plenty of new ones to replace them (HASH TAG – Shopaholic), it is a little painful to pack away onsies or leggings that I know will never fit her again.
But I’ve learned that when one door closes, another opens, and each & every day with Waverly Maye is infinitely better than the one before it. Watching her grow before our very eyes has got to be the most rewarding stage of my life to date. Sometimes I really do wonder if we get to keep her, while continuing to be the biggest part of her ever-changing little world. Her world right now? This little lady is FULL of personality. 100% of the time. The only occasion she doesn’t show emotion is when she sleeps. Something tells me I have my hands full … and that my life will be anything but boring.
The majority of time, Waverly Maye is happy. SUPER happy. Contagious happy. She will smile at anyone and everyone, and even the straight-faced, “I hate life” people (you know them), can’t help but smile back. She finds joy in the littlest things, like a set of keys, peek-a-book with a towel, or a bottle of shampoo. At dinner, she throws her hands up & down in joy with each bite of food that she takes.
Wouldn’t it be nice to find that much bliss in oatmeal & sweet potatoes? Although I will admit I could possibly throw my hands up for some fries dipped in ranch.
Don’t let this perfect picture of happiness fool you. My girl can get mad. Waverly Maye knows what she wants and certainly is going to let you know it. The thing is, she can go from laughing to livid in seconds, and then right back to normal once she gets what she wants. Diva. I wonder where she gets that from?
Waverly Maye is high energy. She doesn’t stop for much (too busy opening & closing drawers, attemping to climb the side of our couch), but every once in a while … she will show that sweet, tender side. And when she does slow down and puts her head on your shoulder or gives you a delicious little kiss, it makes it that much more special.
Although it doesn’t happen often, there are moments when Waverly Maye is completely serious. They are definitely short-lived and usually outdoors, as if she is reflecting on her surroundings. My hubby & I always want to know exactly what she is thinking … but we are sure that once she can communicate that, we will probably not have these moments of silence ever again.
Waverly Maye is so silly. The faces she makes sometimes just crack.me.up. This girl is so animated that I am convinced she has a future in some sort of performing.
Yet I promise I will never be a Dina Lohan or a Toddlers & Tiaras mom. Too crazy for me.
No matter if she is happy, mad, sweet, serious or silly … this little girl is my entire world. Everyday I make a conscious decision to live each second with her in that exact moment, and to continue to embrace each stage & transition of her little life.
Yet I do hope those baby blues don’t make any major changes anytime soon. I’m hoping that’s not too much to ask.