Friday, August 28, 2009

A Watched Pot Never Boils

Or maybe they do, but it is the opposite of that saying that is striking my mind with such force at present. The fact that an unwatched pot still does boil (my son Jesse being that pot). . . regardless of your mindfulness . . . is the miracle just now.

Jesse has just begun to crawl. He's even pulled himself to standing several times this past week. It all happened so quickly. Unlike my other children, there was no pulling and dragging and army crawling. He just got up on all fours and rocked and rocked for a few days and then -- of a sudden -- Mike was calling to me that Jesse had just crawled. It is so heartbreakingly cute to me. As I said, my others began with dragging and pulling. They had mastered the rights and then lefts that were needed to propel ones self long before getting up in the traditional crawl, and while I've heard of this other method -- I'd never seen it until now.

Abe asked me awhile back why it is that we don't have to think about moving our legs to walk, etc. if they are controlled by our brains. Watching Jesse has made me think that it isn't always with out thought and effort. Look at this little video. This was just last Saturday. His funny little shuffle is really only the first twelve seconds. Now, nearly a week later, he is far more adept and has begun taking himself wherever fancy leads him. But the first few days, watching the complete awkwardness of trying to move four different limbs in sync with one another for the first time -- right leg, left arm; then left leg, right arm -- was one of the saddest cutest things I've ever witnessed. He looks like a small wild animal -- injured and hopelessly trying to continue before falling prey to some more quick and savvy creature. video

About the pot business. It isn't that I don't watch my little Jesse. It is just that Abe and Daisy were indeed very "watched pots" -- I waited and coaxed every roll and scoot and eventual step out of them. I was so aware of the fact that I had little babies developing right in my hands, and somehow, I think I felt that it was this very awareness that allowed each milestone to be reached. Surely they would never have rolled or sat or ever stood had I not been there -- watching.

And now, with baby number five, things are very different. That isn't to say he isn't just as loved or just as oohed and ahhed over, but life is just so . . . full. Jesse is there, banging on toys as I read Harry Potter to the older kids. He is drenching my shirt in spit up as I try to clean up dinner. He is reaching from his car seat to yank Goldie's hair -- causing her to scream -- as I drive kids to school. He is just there and a part of us, but who knew that he would crawl and stand and do all of those things just by being here -- a part of things. Somehow I always fear that it can't occur. That these later little ones can't develop with out me sitting there staring them in the face. And yet . . . they do. In fact, those unwached pots boil faster than you can believe!

8 comments:

Tia Juana said...

I love it when the babies learn something so spectacular. Its funny though, how in a few months when he is walking we won't even think about his today's spectacular. Very fun to see how big his is.

You and Shannon sound exactly the same.

Catherina said...

He is so stinkin' cute!!!!! Your kiddies are darling, simply darling!!! I love how he bounces, and than really is working at it to crawl! Love it!!!!
:-)
Certainly brings a smile to ones face!

jami said...

isn't that the truth!!!

ps-he is so very cute. i can't believe how big he is getting!

Jill said...

I have had these thoughts so many times since Benjamin was born. I keep trying to slow down and watch every minute and memorize the smell, sound, and feel of the baby stages... It isn't working for me so well, my little unwatched pot just keeps growing too fast. I wish there was a way to read Harry Potter and play Little Ponies and stare at babies all at the same time. It just doesn't seem fair somehow.

Tash said...

I guess when you are so busy you don't notice every new moment etc they just do what they do and you are like ahhh what happened? I haven't had that experience yet but if I did have a kid now it would be like that. Re: Jesse. Adorable!

Perla said...

nice analogy and post, sister. jesse looks so cute doing that shuffle. he reminds me of a little old man--not an old man crawling but just the kind of jerky difficult movements to get from one spot to another.

jocelyn said...

i love it. did you invent that saying?! if so, i think you are very clever. even if you didn't, i still think you're very clever.

Nancy said...

Jocelyn, I wish I invented that saying. Think how cool I would be. I am going to start inventing some. Anyway, I mostly always hear people say that to someone who is trying hard to get pregnant or go into labor or something.

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