Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Pure Joy

I hear him playing away in his room. He has this favorite toy, one that he's loved for years. A farm toy that makes animal noises and music. You know, the annoying kind that makes adults want to rip their hair out, but kids seem to love, love, love. I can hear him flipping part of it open and close, open and close, hearing the same song play over and over. I grab my camera, sneak down the hallway and start snapping. I notice Jack is right in front of some blue bins I was filling with stuff. We just took down Jack's crib a couple weeks ago and have been slowly transitioning his room to a big boy room. I'm slightly annoyed that the bins are in all my shots, but I don't want him to know I'm there, capturing his playtime. I'm really loving the patch of light he is playing by. The way it lights up his hair. I notice his little tongue is sticking out, a sure sign of concentration. 

Suddenly he looks up and sees me. He scoots excitedly forward (it's quicker still than walking for him), and comes right for me.

Pure joy.

This boy of mine lights up my world.

1) Jack will be getting a hair cut this week.
2) Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for all the thoughtful, intelligent, and helpful comments you left on yesterday's post - here, and on Facebook/Twitter. I am going to take a few days to re-read them and really let them sink in. Sometimes this world is a really lonely place for a special needs mom, but I feel so much better knowing that you all have my back and can help guide me as Jack gets older. I've said it before and I'm sure I will say it again - I am so blessed to have you in my life.
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Lisa Westervelt said...

That is the face of a boy who is loved, and knows it! : )

Emily Real said...

Oh, this post is perfect. You sucked me in setting the scene with your story, and I got goosebumps to see Jack scooting toward me ecstatically. (Well, toward YOU, I mean. ;) ) <3

The Kimmels said...

So cute. Cohen has that toy too and LOVES it. Sometimes I hide it :)

Julie said...

I can hear his happy shrieks! What a beautiful, beautiful boy. I kinda don't want you to cut his hair. :)

Lori said...

"Pure joy!" I don't think I've ever seen it so fully and charmingly expressed. Jack is adorable!!!

Becky P. said...

My 2 kiddo scooted like that. We called her our "ape baby". Still makes me giggle to remember how cute it was! Jack is so full of pure joy. Too bad we can't bottle it and share it with others.

Brandi said...

Pure joy indeed. What a sweet boy! He sure loves his Mama!!! Great captures.

Annemieke Kock said...

Hi jack's mommy!

I dont know u but i am a 25 year old girl from South Africa who was also a micro-preemie (26 weeks, 750 grams/1,6 ounces) and i just want to say that i fell in love with jack's smile today! The way it lights up. . . !

God have blessed u with a beautiful (angelic) boy and you should feel so proud!

I will follow this blog from now on :) one lastvthought: i believe the biggest gift u can give urvboy at this stage is ur incredibly positive attitude! You are wonderful parents xx

Jessi said...

Hi Annemieke!
Welcome to the blog and thanks for leaving such a nice comment!