Lessons from a 2-month-old

Wally and I were just lucky enough to spend a week with the cutest little 2-month-old I know, our nephew Grady (aka GradyBird). For at least a few hours every day in Silver Lake, Michigan with Wally’s extended family, we spent time with the little cutie, who had a lot to teach me. Here’s the wisdom of GradyBird, boiled down to a few points from the many I learned:

  • At 2 months, babies aren’t so much lumps of things anymore. Evidenced by one main fact: 2-month-olds can smile! You’d bop his nose; he’d smile. You’d poke his belly; he’d smile. You’d talk to him in a goofy voice; he’d smile. He’d toot; he’d smile. You’d toot; he wouldn’t so much notice. But when he’s older he might get that joke.
  • No one holds a baby quite as well as mommy. There were quite a few experienced baby people present, and many who could keep Grady comfortable for a while. But when Jane, my sista [in law] would pick up Grady, he fit perfectly in the crook of her arm. When she’d burp him, he’d look comfortable, even through his unhappiness and cries about spit up. And when she’d say, “Hey man,” to her little guy, you just knew that they had the strongest bond two people can have.
  • Babies make the best little sounds imaginable. Grady hums when he sleeps. Like it doesn’t show enough peacefulness to have his eyes closed and be taking deep breaths—he’s got to sing about it to tell you how great it is. He also closed his eyes, drank, and mmm-mmmed his way through every bottle. And the best was when you’d talk to him, and he’d stick his tongue out, open his mouth, and coo, like he had something to say, but couldn’t quite put it into words.

Grady was magic. The first chance I had to bond with him was when he let me change his diaper for my first time. I was very diaper-focused at the time, and not so much Grady-focused. I wanted to be sure I got it right, so no one was leaked on later. At the end, I was double checking that all was well, when I remembered there was a baby attached to that diaper. I looked at him, and he was concentrating on my face, just checking me out. And I saw that he had decided, sometime during that experience, that he liked me. He looked at my face, and my hair, and he just smiled and smiled.

All week, the fam noticed he particularly liked my voice. When I’d talk, I’d get a lot of talking back. I attributed it to my cartoon-sounding, childlike voice, but it could have been something else. It could have been that GradyBird, in his two-month-old wisdom, knew that I was going to be a mom in 3 months, and that I was scared to death. And so he decided to show me that I might not know much about babies, but that I can figure it out. My baby will love me—I actually can make him happy. It won’t even take a lot of trying or effort, and certainly not perfection, to get that happiness and love. And so because of baby Grady, my handsome little nephew, more than ever I can’t wait to meet my little guy.


8 Responses to “Lessons from a 2-month-old”

  1. 1 Dave Hahn August 10, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    That’s awesome Molly. My brother has a little girl that’s a year a half now. She’s the sweetest little girl ever. I remember when she was 2 months old and started smiling. It’s the best experience.

  2. 2 Jane August 11, 2009 at 2:18 am

    You are so sweet! I am so glad you had such a good time with the bird…you make him sound like an angel baby… :o) The lesson I learned at the Lake is that you and Wal are going to make awesome parents! Grady loves both of you so much!!

  3. 3 Aunt Sara August 11, 2009 at 8:55 am

    This is THE SWEETEST entry yet. All I could say was “Awwww….”

  4. 4 Mary HB August 11, 2009 at 10:47 am

    You sideswiped me with the last paragraph, Mollie… gotta wipe these tears away before people start asking questions.

    You have nothing to be scared of. You’re going to be an amazing mom!

  5. 5 coach August 11, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Coach has no reply. Coach is crying like a girly-man.

  6. 6 MM & Grandpa August 12, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Mollie dear–you don’t need lessons–you will quite naturally love your baby and he will respond in kind! You and Wally will be blessed with unconditional love–lots of it!!

  7. 7 Auntie Liz August 12, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Holy toledo. Sniff sniff. PHURGGGLOFFFFFFPT (That’s the sound of me blowing my nose). You will be the best mom in the world.

  8. 8 The Other Aunt Liz September 3, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    This made me cry!!!

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