Before I had Beckett, I couldn't really understand why people carried around wallets full of pictures of their children, and would tell anybody with an unobstructed ear canal about the wonderful spawn they had created. But now that I'm a member of the world's largest club, Parents™, I completely get it.
My baby is brilliant and adorable, and did I mention wonderful? That's right, I'm bragging. Come on, you know you want in on some of this action!
I never expected mothering to be so competitive. Breastfeeding vs. bottle-feeding, rocking to sleep vs. cry it out, daycare vs. stay at home parenting. Parenting opinions are like noses, we've all got one. And I've heard countless noses blown about all of the controversial subjects that surround the best way to raise children. But the stories I really love to hear aren't about those topics at all. The ones that stick with me, and make me reach for the Kleenex next to my computer are the stories that make my chest puff out like a proud mother hen.
Take this one for example.
A few days ago, I put Beckett down for his usual morning nap. He had been rubbing his eyes, and running his hand over his head like he always does when he's really sleepy. I put him in his crib, kissed him, told him I loved him, and that it was time for him to be Nap Nap Nappy McGee, and closed the door. He whimpered in his crib for 5 minutes, and fell asleep.
About two hours later, I heard the mobile go on in his bedroom. The mobile is (or now WAS) attached to the wall next to the crib. I looked in the kitchen and saw Basil typing away on the Mac. I looked at Beckett's door, and it was still closed. So, I peeped through the keyhole in the door, and saw my seven-month-old baby boy standing in his crib for the first time.
He had stood up, flipped the music button on, and proceeded to rip the mobile characters away from their merrily turning base one by one. He mutilated first the frog, then the monkey, and lastly the bird. I watched quietly through a keyhole as my baby stood in his crib for the first time and completely destroyed his mobile in glee.
It was a proud moment in my life. I wanted to share it with you. So come on. Let it all out. Submit your short and recent bragging rights stories here.