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Stickers on our foreheads, love in our hearts

Last night, my son hooked one of his toy trucks to the back of his tricycle. He roamed the house pretending he was a salesman: of toys, stickers, popcorn and ice cream.

I bought stickers and toys with imaginary “tickets,” but got change back in dollars. After returning my change, Li’l D peeled stickers from their backing and affixed them to my shirt.

My evening loot

My evening loot

Away this morning to grocery shop, I stopped to eat. I pulled out my phone and burst into laughter at what I found. 

Captioned: "Fatherhood"

Captioned: “Fatherhood”

I understand why people don’t want kids. I’ll never try to push anyone toward parenthood. Yet, when I look at these pictures, I’m grateful it’s part of my life. There’s joy in the silliness of these small moments, a joy that’s every bit worth sleep lost, arguments had and worry amplified.

With stickers on our bellies and foreheads and love in our hearts, I think:

The only thing better than one will be two!

Li'l D's literary offerings to the little one he commands to be a sister

Li’l D’s literary offerings to the littler one he commands to be a sister

  1. February 2, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Oh, last night, a Saturday night at that, GS announced at 8:30 he wanted to play Scrabble. D1 and I dutifully pulled out the game and he aced it…4, 5, 6 letter word after another. D1 and I yawned yawn after yawn, but after he started giggling at whatever comments we made, we were so glad we hadn’t retired extra early. Life is good.

  2. February 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    As much as I wish my son would stay small, I have to admit that I can’t wait to have those tiny moments.

    • February 3, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      I remember being so sad when he started being able to walk and didn’t need me as much, but then . . . it really is a whole different set of wonders!

      (That being said, I’m excited for round two with a tiny one, sleeplessness and all. YEAH!)

      • February 3, 2014 at 10:43 pm

        I just hope that he still wants to and loves to cuddle with me as he gets big. Lol

  3. February 2, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    thats so cute :3

  4. February 2, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Adorable, your little one is! I spent the day with my little loves too, all grown up as they are. My love and I remarked (and lamented just a little) on how sudden their adulthood appeared, wondering how it all happened so fast. But, just as quickly, we simply decided to just enjoy this day. And did we!

    • February 3, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      I love your take on this. I’ve gotten much better about my lamenting to laughing ratio, but there’s still work to be done. The good news is that it’s work much, much easier done with kids in reach. Aaah.

  5. Sheri
    February 3, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I could NOT stop LAUGHING, Deborah!! I’m scrolling & reading on my phone, when your stickered belly comes into view. Huge love to you<3, stickers & all. And, THEN……Anthony's face, covered in stickers!! He looked *highly* upset~~but I'd be willing to bet it took him quite awhile to keep a smile from sneaking up =)

    • February 3, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      I just love how I think something like, “Here is my plan for the evening, and what I’ll accomplish,” and then see Li’l D make his own brand of fun . . . and suddenly the plans don’t seem half as important as they did moments before! I wish I could pinpoint just why that stickered face brings me such joy, but it does. As does remembering Li’l D asking, “Where did the stickers go?!” when they finally fell off . . . because, yes, Anthony did let them fall off in their own time. He’s a patient one. 😉

  6. February 3, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    This is only the beginning Deborah. The joy is immense and the learnings greater still.B

  7. February 4, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Amazingly, it gets even better when the littles grow up to be bigger than you and advance to their own life adventures. I consider my adult children to be among my very best of friends.

    • February 5, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      I hope to have that kind of relationship with my own kids someday. I’ve seen some of my friends grow into that with their own parents, and it’s a beautiful thing.

  8. February 4, 2014 at 9:37 am

    So sweet. After having my first little one a month ago I wonder when will be the right time, if ever, for our next one. Its those kind of moments that make me want to relive the horror that was labour. For now I think we will just enjoy this little fella to the fullest though.

    • February 5, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      I’m not sure there’s ever a right time, but I am sure that there’s plenty of time to keep an eye out for it down the road. In the meantime, man, there is a world of wonder in store for the months ahead. It’s bittersweet to say goodbye to one phase, but sweet to greet each new one . . . challenges and all!

  9. February 4, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    That’s fantastic. 🙂 I love watching my two kids play together. It’s hard in the beginning when they’re both little and the baby needs so much tending-to, but it’s over quickly and then they can’t stay away from each other – even when it’s their sibling who’s making them crazy. There are so many times my husband and I step back and say, “This – this right here – is why we had another one.” Plus, then you won’t be covered in stickers nearly as often because they’ll stick them to each other! Recently, I found my children playing nicely and quietly together…while covering themselves and each other in press-on tattoos. They went through a whole package!

    • February 5, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      I was thinking about this as I drove this afternoon. “The first few months will be challenging, and I’m going to feel like I’m letting Li’l D down, but . . . like any project, I’ll get the knack of it before long!” I just have to go into it knowing not to expect too much right at the outset. I mean, I wasn’t a huge fan of my sister for the first several months after she was born, and now–same as for all save those first few months–she is my best friend. I’m excited to see what comes of the relationship between these little ones, though I know sometimes it’ll involve arguments that make me want to go for a 30-mile run instead of refereeing!

  10. February 7, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Priceless, that’s all

  11. February 11, 2014 at 5:17 am

    I love this so much! Just love it and oh, how I miss our sticker days. 🙂

    • February 13, 2014 at 6:54 am

      Some days right now, I wake up and think, “Sleepless days are almost upon us again!” But really? So, too, is round two of sticker days–and I’ll take it, all of it! 😀

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