My son attended his first wedding this past weekend. Like any proud mother, it makes me very happy to see others enjoying his company, offering their compliments and praise, and remarking on how much he looks like his father (yeah, lucky kid). Although it seems like another lifetime ago since I had kids, I can sometimes remember the way I used to think about children before I had my own. I would silently question why some parents parented the way that they did. I used to be that single girl attending a wedding and wondering why someone would think it was a good idea to bring their child. Nowadays, I am that person who thinks it is a good idea to take your child to a wedding.
Children should and shouldn’t do things on a case by case basis. All children and parents are different and it is the responsibility of the parent to determine whether or not their child should attend or not for whatever reason. I made a judgement call and determined that my son would be adequately well behaved and took precautions should he prove me wrong. Overall, he was very well behaved and had a wonderful time. It was a team effort between myself, husband, parents, and aunt to ensure that he was well looked after, his needs were met (does my child sweat milk?), and everyone relaxed and enjoyed themselves.
This wedding was the first time many members of the family met my son (apart from admiring him on Facebook). Although he was shy at first, he soon liked the attention everyone gave him and enjoyed making others laugh. Soon enough, it seemed like he was posing for cameras.
This afternoon, a family member shared a picture of my son with a sweet compliment. He’s looking handsome and mischievous in his itty bitty suit coat and tie. You know, the cute stuff that children do that mothers admire and share with everyone. But I noticed a problem that is often present in these precious moments captured by the camera; my son has a pacifier in his mouth.
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