Buckle up

For as long as I can remember Addie eating in her high chair, she has loved playing with the buckles that strap her in. After her meals, we would unbuckle one side and she'd sit there for about 15 minutes trying to figure out how to get it snapped back into place. Never has she been able to complete the process on her own, until this week.

A few days ago, I was sitting with her as she played in her chair. I wasn't really paying attention, but then I heard it--SNAP! I gasped and looked up at her and she had the absolute best expression on her face. Her hands were still on either end of the buckle and she was looking at me with her eyes wide in surprise and pride. Her mouth was open in disbelief, almost as if to say, "Mommy, did you see that?" Oh yes, my girl, I saw it! (Well, heard it, but we all get the idea.)

Since this event was months in the making, it seemed important to make a very big deal out of her triumph. I squealed with her, we clapped, we laughed and I covered her in proud mommy kisses. I immediately got her out of her chair so I could hug her and jump up and down with her in my arms. We ran to find Daddy in the other room and he joined in the party. I mean, you would have thought this child cured cancer. Nope, just snapped a buckle. It was awesome!

Now she can fasten those suckers in a flash and it's still fun to see her do it. It's really the little things, isn't it? Oh, and in case you were wondering, she does not know how to unbuckle just yet. I'm not so sure we'll be dancing for joy whenever that happens. Until then, sweet Addie, you buckle away!!!


Anonymous said...

What a celebration to watch my girl (the 29 year old one) discover a new joy.

Jamie said...

I remember when Naomi learned how to snap those same buckles! She never did learn how to undo them! I think they may be a little hard anyway, but I'd never teach her how to undo them...some things are just better left untaught! Congrats on another milestone!

mary shelman said...

Right again, Sara. The un-buckling is not nearly the occasion for celebration. Especially when they accomplish this milestone in the carseat as you're driving down the road. YIKES!

sara said...

Oh I am terrified of Addie learning to unbuckle. Luckily, I think we have a while before that will happen.

Thank you, everyone for sharing!!!