Friday, March 29, 2013

Cutey Patooties!

I woke this morning thinking of all the babies that have been born to relatives and friends lately.  I don't know why.  I just woke up smiling.

When my husband and I met, he made it clear that his mind was on retirement, not babies.  I had no argument.  Now that it's almost too late to change our minds, it makes me think and love the babies I know that much more.  Thought I heard a clock ticking? No?

I actually had no children around me for a long time.  I see a little guy, my step-grandchild once in a while, but he's 13 now (such a fun age!).  I do have a 6-year old god-daughter that I love hanging out with.  But she isn't a BABY anymore! Waah!

By the way, she came up with this on her own.  Ask Maysa who's child she is and she shouts, "God's!".  Love it.

Babies are amazing creatures!  They do many things from conception to birth and to 10 years old that will NEVER happen again in their lives.  For instance, they double their weight in the first two months!  True, that's something we don't want to happen later in life.  They recognize in-utero the sound of their mom's voice and can hear in the first month of the first trimester, have food preferences, cry, and suck their thumbs, and between conception and birth their weight increases 3,000 million times (again, not preferred later), and have all their systems developing or developed eight weeks after conception.  The lovely part is that they react to their mother's laughter at 26 weeks after conception. 

After birth, their little brains have 100 billion neurons (more than stars in the Milky Way!) which are firing and connecting synapses to see, hear, feel, move, smell, and learn and understand their new world.  Apparently, that jerking they do at sounds is more about being startled than the loudness of it.  There's truly a whirlwind of activity happening, developmentally-speaking, in his or her world.  And it IS their world...let's not kid ourselves!  There is no being on Earth more selfish than a baby.  It's all good, though. It's all about them! It's impossible to spoil a baby.

They learn visual and audio cues, recognize when they are hungry and full, develop fine motor skills grabbing your finger (or your hair and earrings!), gross motor skills as legs are still bunched up like in the womb but eventually learn to straighten and have fun with legs and toes, they know familiar faces, learn social skills like smiling and laughing, reacting to other's expressions, and even to anticipate events (like seeing a nipple means chow-time!).

They are amazing little creatures, indeed!  I always say they are more fun to watch than TV!

I, now, live vicariously through facebook (God bless, Zuckerberg!) in pictures of Alexandros, JJ and Samantha, Asana and Tajh, Tylor, Chris, Daisy and Dorian, Jazlyn and Tyson, friend's grandbabies and videos of these darlings and through strangers on YouTube (particularly, Naptural85's little baby, Olivia!) and television commercials!  I'm enjoying the heck out of it because I don't have to change the diapers. 

I really admire these stinky little creatures!  Seriously, ya gotta respect life when you think of it!

So, I pray everyday for little ones all over the world.  I pray for their life in the safest place for a baby--it's mother's womb.  I pray for healthy births and healthy moms.  I pray for moms and dads to use their natural instincts to help babies learn and develop properly.  I pray that they will have all they need to live and love.  I pray for the people and organizations that help all this to happen.  And, I pray that everyone they encounter in life feels the same.

Well, I'm off to enjoy my marshmallow Peeps! Happy Easter to you All and God bless!!

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