Two little feet, ten little toes,
Leave their impressions today.
Soon they will wear two little shoes,
And be running and jumping at play.
Two little feet, too little time,
Before they are walking to school,
Kicking a rock, or skipping a rope,
Wading a puddle or jumping a pool.
Two little feet, One little child,
Will soon go their own way,
But footprints in my mind recall,
They stood here yesterday.
When it came time for Benjamin to arrive, there were the usual hours of labor. But his little heart wasn’t staying strong. The usual monitors were put into use but he just wasn’t finding his way. Anna was prepped for an emergency C-section now totally physically exhausted. As her little son was delivered there was no sound. He did not cry. He didn’t move. He didn’t breath. Physically and emotionally spent Anna and Scott watched as a team took their little son away to his own corner of the room and fought to help him take his first breath. Thank God for modern science! Thank God for miracles. Thanks God for having tender mercy on this little family.
My volunteer work puts me in hospitals rooms where that scene has played out and it wasn’t part of God’s plan to put the breath of life into sweet babies. Sometimes in spite of all that can be done, and all of the prayers, some little ones don’t get to go home in their mother’s arms.
But Benjamin is here! What a miracle a breath can be. I am so happy that Anna and Scott were one of the lucky ones. When I look at this portrait of their perfect little family I am so thankful to know their “story”. It renews my faith, makes me cry a little, but more than anything makes my heart pound with gratitude.
There are two things that my kids know I will ALWAYS do with them. While I may not be really into playing barbies, they know that I will always read them a story and I am always up for a game. Reading is my favorite. There is something magical about snuggling together with blankets and pillows reading a book. Jack’s mom has started a tradition of a shared activity that will bring her and Jack much happiness for the years to come.
- teaches a baby about communication
- introduces concepts such as stories, numbers, letters, colors, and shapes in a fun way
- builds listening, memory, and vocabulary skills
- gives babies information about the world around them
“Believe it or not, by the time babies reach their first birthday they will have learned all the sounds needed to speak their native language. The more stories you read aloud, the more words your child will be exposed to and the better he or she will be able to talk. Hearing words helps to build a rich network of words in a baby’s brain. Kids whose parents frequently talk/read to them know more words by age 2 than children who have not been read to. And kids who are read to during their early years are more likely to learn to read at the right time.
When reading, your child hears you using many different emotions and expressive sounds, which fosters social and emotional development. Reading also invites your baby to look, point, touch, and answer questions — all of which promote social development and thinking skills. And your baby improves language skills by imitating sounds, recognizing pictures, and learning words.” -Kids Health Magazine
But best of all reading aloud to your baby creates a connection to books with all the things he loves the most, you and your voice.