Yesterday evening I fed Harvey a dinner made of rice gruel and boiled carrots (yum!), gave him a bath (he wants to sit up in the tub now!) and put him to bed. I'd never done all three things in one evening before, and for the first time I had a vision of an real evening routine, a rhythm of parenthood like I had always imagined.
With a baby it can feel like a crazy free-for-all all the time - you never know when the eating or sleeping or messing will occur, and it's all about surviving on to the next moment. But as Harvey approaches 7 months we can start to see glimpses of the little boy he's becoming. He plays, he gets context, he has an attention span for activities and he wants to be involved. And around him a family life is taking shape that's not just about caring for him but sharing with him the excitement and mundanity of every day together.
On Sunday night he drifted off to sleep next to me, his hair smelling of soap, his breath smelling of milk. It's an understatement to say it, but I love that little guy.