Five months that is. It’s been five months to the day that I popped out this little boy who has become the center of all of our attentions. In honor of the blessed event, Henry willingly obliged to a photo shoot earlier this afternoon. I am amazed to see the differences in him over the past few months – he’s growing up so fast!
To look at him, you would think that he was much older.
In fact, I often get looks of shock and awe when I tell passersby that he’s only five months old. ”You’re kidding me!” they declare. ”There’s no way he’s only five months! He’s so BIG!”
I’m never quite sure how to respond to that so I usually just blame it on the CPA. But I think I might start carrying around a copy of his birth certificate so that I can whip it out and show it to people before they even ask. It will save a lot of time that way.
I don’t blame them for their comments though. He is rather large for his age as evidenced by the fact that he’s currently wearing nine to twelve month clothing quite comfortably.
I guess that’s why people are probably surprised to see Henry still doing the ‘ole head bobbing thing. You know what I’m talking about – the head weaving movement that little tykes make as they attempt to strengthen their not-quite-developed neck muscles. Henry’s much better now then he was just a few weeks ago, in fact he has very good neck control for his age, but people still expect more because of his size.
They’re probably surprised, too, that he isn’t crawling on the floor by now. I tell them that I’m not rushing anything and that he’s very evolved (at least in my mind) for being only five months old. In fact, in my mind he’s practically perfect. I often ask the CPA, “Did you just see that? Did you see how Henry rolled from his front to his back ALL BY HIMSELF?” The CPA usually humors me and says “Yes, honey, it’s amazing!” knowing full well that Henry’s been doing that same thing for the past two weeks.
This is just one of the many wonders we’ve been able to witness as he’s grown. But in spite of all of his achievements and his progress in these short five months, I know that he is still just a baby at heart.
I know because he laughs very easily at most any unusual sound or funny face. He even smiles at us after he first wakes up which is such a treat, especially if a dirty diaper greets us from the other end.
I also know because like any small child, he loves to play with his toys while at the same time, he often spends long minutes doing nothing but staring at his hands.
So yes, he still has a long way to go and is still very much a baby, but he’s a big baby. In fact, I sometimes forget that he’s only five months old.
It’s a good thing I carry around that birth certificate to remind me.