1.8%. Or 10,080 minutes. That's how much of the Peanut's life we missed while the BossLady and I were away on vacation last week. One week may not seem that long but 1.8% of a lifetime sure does.
I have no other frame of reference for comparison but I have to say it's amazingly cool being the parent of a one-year old little girl. The Peanut is absolutely adorable right now. I've never seen such a good-natured kid. She runs around like a madwoman. She screams "quack, quack" whenever she sees a duck (real or inflatable.) She yells "dog, dog" whenever she sees our dog. And she loves yelling "mama" and "dada" (although I'm often called "mama" and Bosslady "papa.") So it was with great anxiety that we left her in New York for a week while we were gallivanting on the Riviera. Not because we didn't think she would be in good hands but because we didn't want to miss a single step in her development.
Thankfully, we have multiple video cameras in our possession and we instructed everyone to shoot as much video of the Peanut as possible while we were gone. Everyone complied. So when BossLady and I came home, we were able to watch tons of video footage of the time that we missed. Here's what we missed:
-The Peanut has learned to climb steps on her own.
-She even knows how to go back down them.
-Her hair is long enough to put in berets now.
-She's discovered that she loves ice cream. Seriously loves ice cream. As in scream like a banshee if you give her a taste but don't let her finish the whole bowl.
-She's turned into the ultimate baby kisser. If she sees any kid in a stroller, she will go straight up to him (or her) and plant a wet one on their cheek.
-She claps whenever she hears someone singing ABCs and, when they're finished, she squeals in appreciation.
Even in the one week that we've been home now, we're seeing her learn new things every day. It's fascinating to watch. A little frightening. But fascinating none the less.
FYI...Speaking of frightening? 1.8% of MY lifetime? 0.666 years. The "Sign of the Beast." Eerie coincidence? I think not!