If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ve probably seen more than a few references to the fact that things with Nathan have been tough lately. (He’s such a TODDLER these days! Plus he’s going through some developmental leaps and his sleeping schedule is a DISASTER, which is not helping all of my recently manifested pregnancy issues – I’M TALKING TO YOU, SCIATICA!)
In any case, those tough times make evenings like tonight all the sweeter. J sat on the couch to play a video game, so I sat on the floor to occupy Nathan. Instead, Nathan ran to the console and started pointing at the other controller and signing, “Please!” I put the controller in the chair he likes to sit in, and instead he grabbed it, ran to the couch, and snuggled up next to J.
The picture quality is awful (I had to use my cell phone and zoom in because if I got too close, I’d block the TV!) and actually, the moments before and after this were much cuter (but I didn’t want to try for another photo and ruin the moment!) Nathan sat and babbled away as he pushed all the buttons, looked at the screen, and held the controller up in the air as though he thought he was making the characters on the screen move (and he looked quite pleased with himself for it! He would look at me and grin every time he heard me laugh at him, and then he’d go back to flailing the controller around some more). He eventually got up to run around, but he would either take the controller with him, or leave it on the couch and pick it up when he returned to sit back down on the couch and “play” video games a little bit longer with Daddy.
If he wakes up screaming again at 4 this morning, I’m going to try to remember this moment, and that even though growing up is HARD on little kids (and their parents!!), it already has moments that make it all worthwhile. It seems like just yesterday he was a tiny, scrawny little blob of a boring baby, and today he’s trying to be such a big boy. He’ll probably be ACTUALLY playing video games (and kicking my butt, for sure!) before I know it. But tonight was just perfectly special in its own way.