I recently was asked, "Which stage of your child’s development was your favorite?" I have been thinking about the question. Every time I think I have the answer, I change my mind.
Pregnancy — There is nothing in the world like the amazing feeling of having a live person growing inside of me. Despite the weight gain and the heartburn and the sickness, I loved this stage.
Infancy — Snuggling a newborn is the most wonderful sensation. I loved spending hours rocking and holding and singing to my babies. So small, so vulnerable, so sweet. Delightful.
Baby — Smiling, laughing, crawling, wobbling, eating, bathing. I loved the baby stage. I would wake up every day excited about what the day would bring. I was delirious with sleep deprivation, but I enjoyed babyhood.
Toddlerhood — Adventures and misadventures. I have never laughed as hard in my life as I did when my children were toddlers. They began to show their spunk and creativity. Pictures of my kids during this stage are my favorites.
School age — This seems like too big a chunk of time, but I will put it together because it went by in a blur. The children learned so much during these years. They grew physically, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually. I loved interacting with them at every part of this stage.
Teenage — I love the teenage years. I don’t know why people always complain about teenagers. It is a fantastic, thrilling, roller-coaster ride, and it is where my children began to be able to make their own decisions and learn to deal with the consequences, good and bad, of their choices.
Young adulthood — This stage is a joy. Now we sit around the dinner table and have real, deep, meaningful conversations and silly, hilarious conversations. I look at my children now and I still see each stage within them, culminating in them as amazing adults.
Which stage is my favorite? I still don’t know.