Whereas a few weeks ago you met your Pennsylvania cousins when they drove down to Tennessee, this past weekend we drove to Alabama to meet your only cousins on my side of the family.
Not only did you meet your cousins Darla (who is 6 months old) and Calla (who is turning 5 years old in a few weeks, so we celebrated her birthday while we were all together), but you also met your Uncle Andrew and Aunt Dana (my sister), as well as your Great Uncle Al and Great Aunt Sharon.
It just so happened that you and Darla happened to own and be wearing the same “Super Awesome” shirt.
Nonna and Aunt Dana both commented you act like a little kitten. I had never thought about that before, but I totally see it now.
One of my favorite pictures I took from the trip was when I was packing up our bags in the hatchback of my Honda Element and saw Papa saying goodbye to your brother Jack. It appeared Papa was kissing Jack on the forehead, meanwhile you witnessed the event in wonder.
I love the look on your face, as a month-old baby, as you tried to figure out what was going on in the seat next to you.
At this point in your life, you’re still probably trying to distinguish who any person is beyond Mommy, me, and Jack.
Because right now your life pretty much revolves around your immediate needs being met, that’s about the extent of your understanding of love.
As you get older, you will be able to understand how much your family loves you, beyond just feeding you, changing your diapers, and helping you get to sleep.
Seriously, that look on your face is very special to me. It’s you looking at your future; the ability to truly understand love beyond dirty diapers and formula in a bottle.