One of the things I will be FOREVER grateful to my husband for is being able to support our family during the year I took off from work after our son was born.
We had tried for years to get pregnant. The infertility journey was one filled with emotions I still struggle to even reflect on.
Our son is 6 now.
That first year, we did so much together. We walked at a park with friends a couple of times during the week and went on playdates where the kids ignored each other but moms got some much needed adult time. Our favorite weekly place to go was our mommy and me music class. We had all the fun.
Thankfully when I did return to work, I was able to be part time until he went to kindergarten. I remember holding onto all of the fun moments because I knew just from one year how fast they all go.
His personality started to develop. He enjoyed books and we read so many throughout the day. This kid excelled at asking questions. More so than the average toddler if you ask me. He could never get enough information to satisfy his curiosity. This was a child who smiled all the time and lit up everyone’s world especially his parents.
The time came for him to start school after his time at daycare. A few months into kindergarten, his teacher and I met for a parent teacher conference.
She told me that he is always respectful and is one of the sweetest boys she has ever seen. He is a good friend to others. Then she went on about the usual academics.
This past school year, he started first grade. This is a grade I know all too well being a teacher of this one for 14 years. It is a year where the kids are learning more at a faster pace, become very opinionated, and even set in their ways.
There are moments where his dad and I wonder where that sweet boy went when he gives us attitude about something he doesn’t want to do. Then later, when he comes up to apologize (on his own!) we know he is still learning how to handle different situations.
It came time for parent teacher conferences again.
His teacher said he is one of the first to say good morning to her and is always so sweet and respectful. He doesn’t always like to do things unless he knows it is going to come out perfectly. He is a really good kid. I smiled with relief.
And it is those moments along with the ones where we tuck him in at night and talk about the day, hug, say I love you that we know we must be doing something right.
This post is day 22 of the November daily blogging challenge. I have turned it into a week of being creative about what I am thankful for. My son is beyond awesome and we are so grateful for him. Thank you for reading!