(Brought to you by a very slow day at work.)
1. A kiss from Mommy/Daddy makes everything better.
2. You get to snack on all the good stuff that they eat, because it is the only thing they are willing to eat this month. It would just go to waste otherwise. Heeeellooooooo chicken nuggets!
3. They are starting to be able to entertain themselves for short periods of time. It is the magic time between needing you there every second of the day and you chasing after them because they are running towards the street again.
4. Everything is new and fun. They see the world with such open optimism that it is hard to stay in a bad mood around them.
5. You no longer have to cut a blueberry into quarters.
6. The zoo/aquarium is now a place of discovery, rather than a place that you are carrying a sleeping baby through, wondering why you paid $30 for this.
7. They repeat everything they hear. Particularly funny when L repeated “Stoopid cat” for about 5 minutes. This talent only works when you don’t want them to repeat something. In contrast, L would say “Happy Father’s Day” to me repeatedly, but never to J.
8. The clothes are no longer covered in light blue elephants and snaps everywhere.
9. A box is still the best present ever. Enjoy it before they start asking for iPads and Playstations.
10. They do not know how to hate. As they get older, they learn to hate things/people/actions; then comes the dreaded “I hate you” phase of the teenage years. I realize that not every kid goes through this, but with my history of rebellion, it is pretty much guaranteed that L will follow in my footsteps. Karma is a like that.