In the beginning, holding a sleeping baby was how I spent most days. And that was just fine with me; there was nothing else I’d rather be doing. But as Parker gets older, he spends less and less time asleep in my arms, and more time being the busy boy that he is.

But every night at bedtime, it’s almost like having my little baby back again. We snuggle up in the glider while Parker nurses to sleep, and then I wait for the perfect moment to lay him down in the crib. Sometimes, though, I just sit and watch him sleep for awhile. I know this time is fleeting, and I want to soak up as much as I can.