He Walks

He Walks June 2, 2014

When he was a baby, I had the whole post-partum depression thing going on.  He was ALWAYS talking aka screaming.  I was frustrated.

Our first son, he was the baby that never cried.  Almost never.  But, along came Rhys, crying like a banshee.  My expectations were off kilter.

rhysies graduation pics with signs

He started trying to nurse WHILE STANDING at 6 months.  Seriously kid?  SERIOUSLY?

And then at 7 months, he only nursed while standing.  I was frustrated.  While it is physically possible to stretch and yank a nipple, it is not advised.  I was frustrated.

And then at 8 months this tiny little thing started walking and I facepalmed every hour on the hour.

People would see this tiny, chunky baby and all of a sudden he’d get up and walk and they’d *gasp* and I’d say, “I know. I know.  What am I going to do with this kid?”

He got into ‘ish.  I was frustrated.

rhysie graduation

And then when he could actually run and actually talk he never stopped.

And I facepalmed more.

What I didn’t know then was how often my little Rhysie runs to do good.

He runs to share.

He runs to snuggle.

He runs to adventures.

He runs to be the life of the party.

rhysies duck face

He talks a lot.

He tells you he loves you.

He tells you his day.

He tells you about animals.

He tells you what he’s learned in pre-school.

He tells you anything that will garner a laugh.

He is often described as “very sweet,” & “very loving.”

rhsyie and mrs. gardner

There’s so much about this little spitfire I couldn’t quite imagine when I saw his somewhat frustrating personality developing at 5 months old, that has now become so clear…

rhysie grad family pic

…at 4.5 -a recent pre-school graduate- he is exactly who God made Him to be.  He is wholly different than his big brother, in beautiful and charming ways.  I’m just sorry it took me so long to appreciate those differences, because Rhysie has a beautiful heart.

The other day, he walked again.

Just one more of the many all-important-walks he’ll take.

rhysie walking

Another reminder for me not to fear the road he’ll walk and to trust that I’ll be the Mama He needs to walk with him.

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  • Jerry

    Sweet!

  • Jillie

    I hear you Grace. Same thing here. First born, a son who never cried, nursed vigorously, slept much. Our “Golden Child”. Second born, a daughter who never stopped crying, could take it or leave it when it came to nursing, slept all day, up all night. I once heard someone say that God gives us a placid child FIRST…That’s to trick us into having a second.
    Today, I still have a placid son and I often joke about placing a mirror under his nose to see if he’s still breathing, whereas my daughter grabs life by the horns and lives it to the full. She’s so much fun and has so many gifts and talents. She amazes me! She’s “consistently interesting”. Each a true gift to me from the hand of God! Viva la difference!
    Pure-hearted Rhysie is adorable!!!

  • Erica

    It must be a second child thing, cause my second is the exact same way (except she didn’t walk until 14 months). Such a sweet writing, & reminds me that we are growing & learning (how to be better parents to them) just like out children!

  • Sara

    God gave us a great gift with each of the boys!

  • Brooke

    Just gave birth to my second son and have been worried about my own expectations of what he’s going to be like and who he is going to be. Cried reading this–thanks for sharing Grace.

  • Brooke

    Just gave birth to my second son and have been worried about my own expectations of what he’s going to be like and who he is going to be. Cried reading this–thanks for sharing Grace.

    • Your welcome, Brooke! And congratulations!!!! xoxoxo

  • Jillie, hahaha I never heard about the trickery but it makes sense! LOL Glad to know I’m not alone in this & yes, each are such a gift!

  • =)

  • mongupp

    What a cutie!

  • Thanks, Sis. I think so too. =)

  • That’s the hardest part – realizing they are already exactly who God made them to be. And the most beautiful. We have 5, 4 boys and a girl. They are all different and it’s fascinating to see them grow into who they are and become comfortable in their skin. Enjoy watching them unfold before you!

    • Keia

      Wow. You just nailed it home for me with my son – “That’s the hardest part – realizing they are already exactly who God made them to be.” I will have to continue to remember your words.

  • Keia

    Thanks for sharing this. Reminds me soooooo much of my 5 year old. Again, thank you.