When I went to my 6 week postpartum doctor's visit (which was really at 8 weeks, because my doctor was so busy), I asked my doctor when my emotions would return to normal and I would stop getting choked up about everything. I don't remember the first part of the answer, in which he told me when my hormones would return to some semblance of normal. But I clearly remember the second part of the answer, in which he explain that I would probably be a sap for life because having a kid just changes how you react to some things. I remember thinking at the time that he was crazy, but now, twenty-one and a half months after Pumpkin was born, I know he was right.
Lots of things in the news have made me want to hold my baby closer lately, but there is no point listing them because on any given day, there are at least three news stories that make me choke up and want to run and hug Pumpkin. It is a good thing day care is a 15 minute drive away.
I have seriously curtailed my at work news checking because of this. However, I usually check in at lunch time, and invariably, something gets me all choked up. I find that thinking about the cute things Pumpkin does and/or looking at the cute pictures I have of her on my desk helps me get past the wave of sappiness. Today, I was thinking about how much she is talking now, and how darned cute some of what she says is. Here are three of my current favorite Pumpkinisms:
1. When I ask her where something is, or when she wants me to put something in a particular spot, she points to the location and says "right yare!" (right there).
2. She doesn't say "yes", she says "yepf".
3. One of her favorite books right now is Knuffle Bunny, by Mo Willems. Except she calls it "Fuffle Bunny".
These are the sort of things I wish could always remember, but that I'm sure I'm doomed to forget.