We met his primary care giver who was this uber-sweet girl. Lord only knows how she does her job though...I could never do it! When we arrived we went right into the infant room where M.D. will spend his day. He was in a pretty good mood, just had woken up from a nap. We unloaded him from the carseat so he could meet his "teacher" and she immediately asked if he could play with the other kids while we did our paperwork. Oh Lord. I thought this had potential for major melt-downs, major disaster, yikes. She brought him into the little play area where all of the other babies were crawling/walking around and listening to the other "teacher" read a story...though none were really paying attention to her. They were all wondering what WE were doing there.
M.D. sat on the teacher's lap and looked around at all of the other babies in the room. He was in LOVE. He grabbed every toy within his grasp and immediately threw it into his mouth (yup...germs here we come!), he smiled and waved his arms as the "teacher" read the story and sang the singing parts as she went. He LOVED the other babies, stared at them, tried to touch them, smiled at them....baby heaven. I don't think he realized there were any other babies in the world besides himself and his cousins so to see this many new faces that were all like him was enthralling.
We were so happy! Steven & I just watched him play and smiled and smiled. It was so comforting to see that he loved this place and that we could bring him here without worry that he would be scared or sad. He didn't even notice we were still there (minor hearbreak).
I didn't take any pictures there because I don't have permission to post pictures of the "teachers" & other children there so you'll have to use your imagination to picture it.
This weekend we are taking M.D. to the home show in the neighboring town. Steven is really excited about it. I am excited because it is an opportunity to get myself & M.D. out of the house on the weekend, but I know it will be distracting with all of the people & things to look at so it shouldn't be a recipe for a melt-down. Other than that we will be playing, singing, and generally having a blast.
M.D. giggled for the first time the other night. I mean full belly giggles. It came at a very inopportune time, when he was supposed to be sleeping, but I didn't care because it was so stinkin' adorable I thought my heart was going to burst! He wouldn't fall asleep so I went in to check on him and as soon as he saw me walk in he got the biggest smile on his face. I asked him why he wasn't sleeping and proceeding to smother him with raspberries (not helpful in getting your child to sleep....just a side note). Then he did it. He laughed. More than one little chuckle too. It was the best. I can't wait for more of that.
This has probably been the gushiest blog post I've written so far. I figure, behind all of the sarcastic & self-depricating posts there is always room for one that is just about joy....because at the end of the day, after all of the crying, melt-downs, screams, etc. that is what a baby brings. Pure Joy.
Have a great weekend! :)