I love it.
I became a parent about 70 days, 12 hours, 5 minutes, and 42 seconds ago. But, who’s counting?
Lillian James Hunter is a little over 2 months old and has already learned how to get what she wants with one look. Sometimes it’s a super-sad, super-cute pout, but sometimes it’s a look like this:
I’ll be writing more about how parenting a baby is changing me for the better and bringing my wife and I closer, but I want to talk about something pretty intense for a second:
The kid is watching you.
All. The. Time.
Here’s the deal: Lily learned how to smile from watching our faces. She has her own emotions, but kids learn how to deal with their emotions by watching how we deal with situations. This is true even to the point of kids sensing our emotions, hopes and dreams.
Sound weird? It kind of is, but I was confronted by this truth from the following (totally awesome) video…
Kids know when you worry, they know what you hope and dream for and you’re their hero. That doesn’t mean you have to be perfect. It’s just something you have to keep in mind.
I can’t wait until Lily is old enough to have conversations with us about her feelings (I’m sure there’ll be lots of those); to ask us hard-to-answer questions. We already love her so much even though she can’t do a thing for us (other than making us better people, scientifically).
I have much more to say, but I think I’ll just leave you with this: