"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Mario and I are amazed each time we think "we are parents! I'm a mom..you're a dad!". It blows my mind to think that I am someone's mom...I mean, cmon, really? Someone gave ME a child?? (Stop laughing Rachel!) I am a huge klutz and never was much of a kid person. That is until I became an aunt 4.5 years ago. Then I got a taste of the overwhelming love a parent has for their child. Now, although I am a bit relieved everytime Xavi takes a nap or goes to bed at night, it is soon replaced by missing him and looking forward to him waking up again. Mario and I both perk up when we hear his little wake up noises and we rush in together to see him. It's a precious thing to pick up your baby and hold him close, nuzzled in your neck. Mario melts everytime he picks Xavi up and I have to say there is nothing I like to see more than my man holding our baby. So, I decided that it was a good time for a dad photo "montage". I wish I could set it to music...oh wait - the music of our lives. Ready Go!
Everybody has been saying that Xavi looks like me...I can see it now, but I also can see the boy he will one day be..and am sure he'll look a lot like his papa. Take a look at these photos and see if you agree.
Early on, Xavi's favorite pacifier was papa's pinky
I include the next two because Mario took the pictures laughing "hysterically" all the while (Ok, as hysterically as Mario gets (not very)...that's usually my department.)
I think I drank too much...
Ugh...what did I eat?
Mario is currently finishing his Master's in Acupuncture Oriental Medicine and his Master's in clinical nutrition, while starting his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. He will start a new job in March and is in the Navy Reserves. He will deploy next year. We love our precious "Papa time" and I know that each minute is so very special. I couldn't do it without him and look forward to what else the journey has for us. But for now, I just wanted to enjoy looking at my two favorite guys again.
Every day I am thankful for all that I have been given, especially the second (and third and fourth,etc) chances...This journey will be all that I could hope for because of the partner I have. Everytime I see Mario with Xavi, I am so glad he took that chance to talk to me, at an event he didn't want to be at, on a trip he wasn't supposed to be on, in a profession he is no longer pursuing, following a new direction of life, after being given the opportunity to live, by men who gave their all...so that we could have Xavi.