It’s easy, as a parent to get caught longing for the ideal. Starting sentences with “If only…” and ending them with a never-ending stream of question marks. So I thought I’d take this Sunday morning to make a list of things that end with a period or an exclamation point. Things that are perfect just as they are about life with a 4 1/2 month old boy.

1. Discoveries! The ordinary as eye-popping, life-altering fascination and obsession.

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2. Being goofy.

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3. Brainwashing. Turning our child into a mascot and, hopefully, a lifelong fan.

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4. Hanging out with the family–the entire family–in bed, on the couch, on the floor. Starting the morning slowly.

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5. Knowing this is just the beginning of a long journey. Imagining what will be.

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