It’s an interesting adventure being a parent. One day, you’re living your own lives as a couple and then you get the news you’re going to be parents! Needless to say, everything changes at that point! Your lives are no longer just about the two of you – you will soon have a little one to look after, to care for, to feed and bathe, to teach and most importantly, to love.
My wife and I had our oldest boy, the Little Professor, 6 and 1/2 years ago, and it amazes me how he’s changed and grown in that time. I can remember the day he was born, how incredible it was to have him in my arms. I can remember him playing with a balloon the first time, his adorable little smile as he would play in the living room of our little apartment. How he had his own special language where he would just make up words – Laylo was water, Pepok was interchangeably ketchup or chicken – and Papapar was Polar Bear.
Then, a year and a half later came the Little Princess. She was a tiny little peanut by comparison to our ‘big boy’. She was always so delicate and pretty, it was surprising to find how adventurous she was. I remember her up and moving, climbing over, under and around every obstacle in her path. She is truly an amazing little girl. She and her big brother were instant friends and spent time untold together playing, singing, fighting and having fun.
It’s hard to think now that I spend my mornings working with and helping to teach them both their homeschooling. That those cute little babies grew up into adorable toddlers, and are now brilliant, cute little kids learning to read, write, add and subtract. They just seem to grow up so fast.
And now, we have our youngest… the Milk Monkey! Our little sweet baby – he has such a laid back attitude and yet is just as smart and adventurous as his older siblings. He’s quick to smile and laugh, and he just makes me feel absolutely amazing when he looks up and gives me one of his contagious smiles.
So, while life definitely does change once you become a parent, the adventure never ends!