Being a parent is currently a lot more fun than I thought it would be. I’m a very verbal person (you may have noticed), and did not relish the prospect of spending lots of time with a preverbal/nonverbal person. However, what I did not realize is how wonderfully affectionate children are at this age, or at least Dante is. Having him hug me, climb into my lap, snuggle into my arms, and so forth, is the most wonderful feeling, and quite exceeds most verbal experiences.
He’s at the stage now where whenever he sees me for the first time in a while (either getting up in the morning, or when I come home from work or wherever), he heads towards me to give me a hug. That’s awesome. If someone else is holding him, he leans outward, arms outstretched towards me. He’s also learned to kiss, very tentatively. If you say, “Dante, can I have a kiss?”, he will (sometimes) move his mouth toward you and hold his head very still. Something I find very cute is that when I do that with him, if Laura is in the room he’ll lean towards her to give her a kiss too. You’re never too young to learn the value of equal time, apparently.