the way little buddy giggles when i tickle him (and how giggly he gets at night when he's tired---you look at him and he laughs hysterically!)
how big he grins at me!
the compliments we get from people about what a good baby he is and how adorable he is (because he is the cutest, most well-behaved baby i've ever seen!)
the way he watches me when i'm moving around
baby toes...baby fingers...baby hair (like cornsilk)...his BIG blue eyes...soft baby skin...his cute little baby bum...baby fat rolls on his thighs....tiny little teeth...
how he will crawl after me if i go into another room
the way he reaches out for me to hold him
when i pick him up he (usually) stops crying--even if someone else was already holding him
getting to cuddle with him when he eats. he used to be so cuddly--he wouldn't sleep at all unless he was being held. now he won't sleep at all if he is held. he has so much energy, the only time he will sit still and let me cuddle him is when he's eating.
getting up with him at night, when it's quiet and dark, and nursing him. i love to just hold him and watch him eat. (even though getting up a lot at night isn't so fun.)
watching him grow and learn new things. i can't believe how big he is, and how fast he is learning. i bet he will be walking very soon, and he's only 9 months old.
listening to the way he "sings" himself to sleep
watching him with my husband. he sure loves his daddy.
listening to him talk. he loves to hear himself make noise!
seeing him sleep at night, with his legs curled under him and his butt stuck up in the air.
getting to dress him in fun clothes, and watch as he grows out of them (so fast!)
having a reason to walk down the toy aisle at wal-mart :)
how he will reach out and touch my face when i'm holding him
seeing his personality emerge as he gets older
knowing (usually!) why he is upset, and what he needs, and how to take care of it
the way he climbs all over everything
how he puts a toy in his mouth and crawls around with it dangling
the sound of him panting like a dog--he loves to do that!
being so proud of him, and feeling more love for him than i ever thought was possible
learning more about myself, who i am and what kind of person i can be, just by being a mother
what are your favorite things about being a mommy (or daddy)? and if you don't have kids yet, what do you look forward to the most?