Ok, so I have been writing for quite some time now but this is the first time I’ve written anything personal. Not that it’s going to be some story full of juicy details about my life, because its not. This is all about the fact that my kid’s growing has gone from 0-100 real quick and it’s scaring the hell out of me. Not in a bad way, just in a “What the hell is going on?!” type of way.
The boy I speak of is my son, Grayson Griffey Meyer. Yes, I know, his name is awesome. Almost as awesome as my wife for being ok with wanting to name my first born son after my favorite baseball player. How lucky am I?!
So at this stage in his career, he is 11 months old. Almost to the day actually. On the 22nd of April he will have been on this earth for one full trip around the sun. He was supposed to be born much later but he decided he was a grown enough man that he wanted to come out and play a month early…so here we are.
He’s done all kinds of things lately that he was struggling to do for quite awhile. Being a preemie definitely didn’t have him on the fast track to advanced motor skills. He now sits up, crawls, chews solid food, can balance himself up on his knees and can pull himself up and stand.
All of this has happened in the last 2 weeks…
There is one thing in particular, though, that had me laughing hysterically and wondering how the hell we’ve already reached this point at the same time. That is what this post is about. One thing I have learned during this whole being a dad thing is that kids really do surprise you all of the time. Everyone tells you that when you have a kid, but I guess it never really registered with me until we actually brought him home from the hospital.
Now to the moment that made me want to write this:
So Grayson’s new thing, now that he knows how to sit up on his own, is during bedtime and nap time he likes to roll over and sit up the second you lay him down. Then, like a grown ass man, he decides for himself when he is going to lay down and sleep.Even when he is dead tired and can barely keep his eyes open, he likes to dictate when he actually falls asleep.
This day was no different. I brought him in to his room for his nap and he promptly started to roll over to sit himself up so I let him be while he did his thing. I heard him making noises for a little bit while he played with his binky and then it went quiet like it normally does when he falls asleep. I checked on him and he was laying down so I went back to making myself some lunch.
About 10 minutes later I started to hear some noises again, playful noises, so out of curiosity I went to go check and see what he was up to. This was the part that had me cracking up.
As I walked in to his room, his back was to me. He had his binky in one hand and his blanket in the other and he was playing with them and talking in his little secret baby language that he seems to think the whole world understands. I started to walk towards the crib and said “Hey mister, I thought you were supposed to be asleep”. His normal response is always to turn, smile and clap his hands pretending he has no idea what I am saying.
I’ve seen Baby Geniuses, though, I know that’s not true.
This time, though, he quickly puts his binky in his mouth, drops his blanket, flops on to his stomach and pretends he’s asleep! I kid you not! Never in his life has this kid done anything remotely similar to this. He’s not even a year old and he’s already got the fake sleeping routine down like a teenager! He was quick about it too, which had me even more impressed. It was almost as if he had been practicing that for a really long time just in case the day actually did come that I caught him not taking his nap.
I immediately started laughing probably harder than I have ever laughed before. What made it even better was the fact that once I started laughing, he started laughing as well! Now he’s face down, binky in his mouth, laughing uncontrollably while I stand there laughing trying to figure out how in the world he just did that so flawlessly.
I’m positive that when it is all said and done, there will be a million more instances where he makes me wonder how in the world he figured out how to do something, but i’m not sure one will ever stick out in my mind quite like this one. I only wish I had known what I was getting myself in to when I walked in to his room. I would have walked in with my video camera ready!