Thursday, July 01, 2004
Some of the joys of new parenthood
I've been having lots of chances to hang out with Petra and fall in love. Here are some of the things I've been struck by in the past several days:
- Her feet. Is there anything in the world more endearing than baby feet? Then again, I love our cats' feet too. I can't keep my hands off them, much to the cats' chagrin. Hopefully Petra will enjoy it more.
- The developing folds of skin on her forearms. I've never seen a parallel to these on an adult. They're halfway between elbow and wrist, and they make it look like her forearms bend. Why is this so cute?
- How silky her hair feels when I'm burping her on my shoulder and I rub my nose/lips/cheek against her head.
- That trusting look in her eyes that I see a little more every day. There's something about this that really brings it home: I am a parent now, and that will never change. Or more exactly: I never want it to.
Petra started giving us social smiles on her one-month birthday, two weeks before I expected them. They get more frequent every day. I am incredibly motivated by this to do exceptionally silly things. Who knew I could scat? I'm actually getting pretty good at it. I think this is fundamentally good for me. If you know me, you probably know that I am way too earnest. Thus, I think, do infants train their parents to be as silly as they need us to be.
Time to go. The Menschkin needs feeding.