One day he fit snug in my arms.
The next, the baby in his cheeks began to fade.
Seemingly overnight his legs grew tall, his arms long and he found a voice for his opinion.
His dreams went from lullabies to dragon slayer.
He put on the fire chief’s hat and looked at me with those piercing blue eyes and deep dimples.
He didn’t have to say, “Look at me, mom!” He knew I was already fixed on him, dressed as the hero, morphing from tiny boy into man right before my eyes.
I call him baby though he is far from it.
He matures daily. His smile, his expressions, his voice, all changing and so much like his daddy.
This little one, once sleeping on my lap, stretching no further than the length from my hip to knee.
I can barely lift him as he fills out and up, though reaching for me as if still a babe.
He doesn’t just smile with his mouth, but also with his deep, soulful brown eyes.
This kid…no matter how much he grows,
will always be my baby.