There were so many things about this session that took my breath away.

For starters, that this tiny, squishy peanut is now a smiling, rolling, charm-the-socks-off-everyone SIX MONTH OLD (of course now he’s probably seven months old already and OMG! TIME! SO FAST!).

And in that six months he’s not only gotten sooooo big and mastered the whole smiling-rolling-charming-of-socks thing, but he’s also had heart surgery. Had and recovered from heart surgery. Thrived after heart surgery. Dominated the whole heart surgery thing.

I tell you what, this kid has shown more strength and joy in his six months than some people do in their whole lives.

His mom and I were laughing about the ups and downs of motherhood, and she laughed about how his first cold made her panic. “I figured, if I’ve seen him through heart sugery, I can handle anything,” she said, “but that first cold made me totally lose my mind!” Isn’t parenthood something? Because every single day you have to go in with the strength and the will to handle what life throws at you, and you do what you have to do to take care of your baby. Whether that thing is heart surgery or a first cold. It’s all new and it’s all terrifying and just because you handled the former like a boss doesn’t mean the latter won’t totally scare you also.

But you know what? Somewhere along the way you find your parenthood legs. You realize you do have the strength and the will to get through every day and do what needs doing.

And that’s kind of what kids do, too. They just don’t know it. They face what life throws at them, and they keep their smiles throughout it all.

Will and strength. This kiddo’s got it, and so do Mom and Dad. Congrats on your first six months!!

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E family, it was so wonderful getting to see y’all again and to see how Will has grown! I hope you love your sneak peek!

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