The First Steps

My son is on the verge of walking, and I’m super excited.

I have been waiting for this day for what seems like forever.

One of the things I’ve looked forward to most since becoming a father is chasing Xander everywhere. I can’t wait to find out what kind of trouble he walks himself into. Maybe he’ll get stuck around the dogs, play in a big muddy puddle, or end up climbing somewhere he isn’t supposed to be.

I’ve found that most people complain when their children start to walk. At first it’s exciting, but it quickly turns to, “get ready to catch him.” Or, “I hope you can keep up”.

If I can’t keep up with a 10 month old baby, then I’ll need to up my workout game!

One of the things I enjoy most about being a father is watching Xander figure things out and progressing. He has a toy where you press a button and animals pop up that can be pushed back down into the toy.

You’d have thought the saints won the super bowl again by how excited I was when I saw he figured it out.

The reason I get so excited, I think, is because I am a dad that has a psychology background. The dad in me is naturally excited to see my son hitting milestones and learning. Every parent loves that their kids are progressing and succeeding. In addition to my dad side, I have my psychology side. I have taken a major interest in developmental psychology since becoming a father, and it’s awesome seeing the things I read about occur with my own son.

I get two satisfactions for the price of one.

It’s great because this is only the beginning. I still have 18+ years to show him how to navigate the world, and I’m excited for every second of it. From his first steps as a toddler, to his first steps as an adult, I will be there with each and every one.

Enjoy the little things with your little ones. They’ll be all grown up one day. Appreciate it while it’s here.

Stay awesome

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