As freaked out as I was last week when I got my first “Your Toddler: Week 1” email from BabyCenter.com, I’d like to state for the record that toddler Jacob is, in a word, awesome.
It feels like a switch was flipped sometime last week, either in him or in me. Suddenly this little baby is a little boy, giggling, talking, and dancing even more than before. He chatters all day long, only stopping to laugh at things that, honestly, I can’t always find the humor in. He claps? He laughs. He turns the light off? He laughs. Other people might smile at these things, but to Jacob, they are worthy of a from-his-gut chortle. That’s right, my boy chortles.
His personality is more and more present every day. And while this means there are some temperamental moments, it also means that there are a lot of silly faces and a whole lot of hugs and kisses.
Maybe a lot of it is that we’re almost weaned (and almost back to cupcakes!) and still sleeping through the night, but this parenting thing really does just keep getting better and better.