I took this picture on my cell phone last week and every time I look at it I get a little teary-eyed. This is my second child at 9 months old, touching a leaf for the first time. Seems pretty harmless I know, and maybe odd that it took that long for me to give him access to a leaf. But I just sat there watching him explore a leaf. I realized it had been quite a while since I really paid attention to his fascination with something new. Since I'd witnessed the wonder in his eyes.
As a stay at home mom, I spend a lot of time with him but as he is my second child I am not as fascinated by his fascination as I was with his sister, when it was all new to me too. What a treat it was to just sit there and see his little finger rubbing the veins on the leaf, to flick it around, to inevitably try to put it in his mouth. It was a reminder to slow down and even though his sister is very high energy, that he needs my attention too!
I look forward to witnessing his wonder more now that I've had this reminder! Do you have any tips on committing to make time for number 2 and beyond? I'd love to hear what others do to be sure to not to miss all the special moments!