Yesterday my mom called me and said, "Those pictures of Nora are adorable! But you sound kind of... bored with her."
"What?" I said. "No I don't!" And then I reread what I wrote and, hey! Look at that! I sound totally bored with her!
So of course I had to set the record straight. I mean, how could ANYONE be bored with this face?
When I said that Nora's milestones are dull, I meant they are dull for OTHER people. Mostly people with no kids. Everyone can understand why, say, the first steps are big news, but it is not until you have kids that you can understand how very exciting the ability to sort of bat at dangling objects can be. Really! When I first noticed Nora doing it, I was all, "Hey, Andrew! Look! She's trying to hit the toy!" It really is pretty cool to watch these small bundles of screaming, sleepy need turn into actual human beings with real personalities, and batting at dangling objects is a step in that direction.
Plus, you know, there are the smiles to keep things interesting.
So, for the record, Nora is far from boring. I love seeing her smile, hearing her laugh, and feeling her soft little body relax into mine when she gets sleepy. And I love watching her bat at things. And stuff her fist in her mouth, which, incidentally, is another milestone, because she can do it AT WILL.
She wills it quite often.