Watch out! Rachel is on the move! Anything she can crawl to, pull herself up on, or stand and observe with is fair game in our house! With that excitement comes a lot more challenges in the “baby proofing” department. Rachel has been keeping my husband and me on our toes recently! Each stage is proving itself to be fun and exciting and we are blessed to be able to watch her grow!
Sometimes I wonder what the world must seem like to a person her size. I’m sure from her perspective (you know, 6 inches off the ground), things seem very different to her than what they seem like to you or me.
Miss Rachel is a quiet observer but is also quick with a smile or a laugh. She watches everything and notices everything. Every time the dog barks, a siren goes by, or she bonks her head, her first reaction is to stop and look. She’s looking for the reaction of the people around her. I notice that if I say “oopsies!” after she falls she will usually laugh it off, but if I yell at the dog when he barks she will get a panicked look on her face because she thinks something is wrong.
Since realizing my ability to influence her reaction to things, I have become more aware of how I react to things. It’s hard not to be reactive when things don’t go “my way.” I’m sure we all feel that way sometimes. But knowing that she is watching me and learning from everything I do keeps me focused on the greater picture. Raising a child who is kind, loving, intelligent and happy is what I am aiming for. Not that I haven’t ever slipped up or that I never will again, but I am trying my best to be the best I can be for her. And because of that, she has made me a better person.
Have a great week, friends!