1.) A moment your realized your child was growing up.
I'm not sure that there was one actual moment where I realized it. It's been more of an ongoing thing and I'm slowly realizing it. He's going to be 1 next month and it's just the little things that make me step back and look at how big he's gotten. Such as when I hold him during one of his naps. He's so small, yet he's so much bigger than when he was born.
Today, I actually got applause from him when singing The Itsy Bitsy Spider! He clapped his hands at the end of each rendition and waited patiently for me to begin again. I was so proud! And I'm not sure who I was more proud of, him for clapping at the right time or me for being entertaining enough to him to warrant his applause! Either way, I was beaming!
Later, he wanted some Goldfish for a snack and he was reaching all the way to the bottom of the bag (there were only a few left and I had to hold it) and he would pull one out, examine it, determine if it got eaten or not, and if not, he would put it back in the bag.
It's just so amazing, the things he's learned so far. He's walking all over the place and gets into everything! But I just love his curiosity... as much as it is frustrating to me to have to run after him constantly, it's just as fun to see him explore. Some of the looks he has when finding something new is great to witness! And his frustration at being told "No." or not being able to reach something (like magnets on the fridge that are too high) is hilarious. I'm sure, at some point in time, it will stop being funny and be more frustrating to me than to him, but for now, it's entertainment on a simpler scale.
To watch the joy in his face when he lights up after he's just accomplished something that is so simple to an adult, yet so big a step for him... I love him more than I ever thought I could love another human being. It's the most amazing yet terrifying feeling of love that one can never imagine until actually experienced. And to watch him grow... so fast. I knew it would go by quickly, but I never thought that in a matter of minutes, he would be almost a year old. I blinked and he grew up.
So, when is the moment that I realized my little one is growing up?