My dear son,
I remember that moment like it was yesterday. You were still in the NICU, but we had just gotten the news that you were going to be discharged earlier than expected. Mommy had not yet finished your nursery, so she found herself standing in a long line at IKEA that morning before heading to the hospital.
Behind me was a family with two little boys, probably about six and eight-years-old. They were running in and around the bins of extra stuff IKEA tries to entice you to buy while you’re checking out, making a huge, fun mess of things. Without even turning around I knew that their tired mommy was giving them the “you-better-stop-this-right-now” look.
As I watched their little mischievous antics, I found myself asking the same question I had been asking on repeat since you were born – “When will Josiah be big enough to run around and play like that?”
At the Baby Gap store, it was, “When will Josiah be big enough to wear newborn-sized clothes?” At Costco, it was, “When will Josiah be big enough to be in size one diapers?” You get the idea.
Right then, I heard the two older women in the line next to us comment on how cute the little boys were and how it seemed like yesterday their own children were that age. Read more…