Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Watching in Awe

I never cease to be amazed at the things Collin learns to do.

He lifts his hands over his head for you to change his shirt, holds up his foot so you can put his socks on and shakes his legs to get his pants off.

This past weekend we started letting him get out of the car by himself. I turn around to unbuckle him and he does the rest. He pulls his arms through the straps and proceeds to climb down out of his chair, turns around and wiggles down backward when I open the back door.

At dinner time we are teaching him to fold his hands and say, "thank you Jesus." Although he won't always do it, he surprises us in the middle of dinner by randomly stopping, folding his hands and saying, "thank you" in his cute little way.

When he does these things I just watch in awe and smile, then tell him how big he is. Tonight I was putting him to bed and we were watching one of his Baby Einstein DVDs. He was sitting curled next to me so sweet like when all of a sudden he stood up. I didn't want him to go play, I wanted him to wined down, so I told him to come sit back down with Mama. He did. But not before grabbing one of his books that were propped up next to the TV. He sat down, opened the book to the middle then turned the pages so he was at the front (so he could read it from the beginning of course.) he flipped through the pages a little then closed the book, looked at me and hugged it. I'm not sure what it was about that particular act that got me, but it made me tear up a little bit. It was just so innocent. After he hugged the book he handed it to me, for me to read. I opened it to read and he flipped the pages, pointed to the pictures and babbled like he was telling me something serious. It was too sweet and precious.

After his story we said bedtime prayers and I put him in bed. I love when he lays right down, but will lift his head as I walk out, wave and say, "bye!"