I introduced him to our collection of home movies last week. He has seen them before, but only now is he old enough to understand that he is the baby on the screen.
For a while, he seemed to think we were cheating on him with someone else’s adorable child.
I sit down sometimes and watch videos from the previous year to remind myself how quickly Wyatt is growing.
Inevitably, I scroll even farther backward to his days as a newborn.
Our footage of him starts seconds after he entered the world. Zac had been a nervous wreck throughout the labor and delivery process but somehow had the presence of mind to grab the camcorder when he walked across the room to get a look at his son for the first time.
I love the commentary on that video. Zac is speaking directly to Wyatt and every other sentence is interrupted by a sniffle.
The days that followed often found Zac with camcorder in hand. No moment was so mundane as to not warrant capturing at least a few seconds of it for posterity.
As a result, we have many scenes of baby Wyatt just staring at us, but that was enough to captivate us for hours.
Zac’s voice-overs only became more entertaining as the weeks went by.
For some reason, he felt the need to talk constantly while operating the camera. Now he finds it difficult to watch those videos without having the TV on mute.
However, I find his narration endearing.
When I hear the excitement in his voice as Wyatt learns to hold his head up or rolls from his back to his belly for the first time, I feel like a new parent again.
I don’t remember stressing about those little milestones as much as I have the bigger ones, like his speech and potty training.
It’s good for me to be reminded occasionally that life goes on at its own pace and requires no help from me.
Although we didn’t recognize the signs at the time, Wyatt’s personality began to emerge early in his infancy.
Wyatt exudes joy. His laughter is as contagious now as it was then, and he never runs out of reasons to be happy.
By his estimation, the world is his plaything, and I don’t have the heart to tell him any different.
However, when Wyatt is in a mood, his redheaded temper comes out.
One of the cutest videos we have of him as an infant is when he thought Zac was stealing his food.
Actually, Zac was trying to cool off some mashed carrots before presenting them to Wyatt.
Each time the spoon bypassed Wyatt’s mouth, he stretched his neck as far as it would go and cried until the carrots arrived.
He let out a little sigh as soon as he was fed and then started crying again as the next spoonful passed by his face.
This went on for a good two minutes. Wyatt never learned to just trust Zac for his next bite.
We really missed our chance at winning some money on America’s Funniest Home Videos by not submitting that one.
Later videos show Wyatt starting to crawl, taking his first step, learning to yell “Roll Tide!” and memorizing the passing route Zac laid out for him in our living room.
We don’t break out the camcorder as often as we ought to since Wyatt has turned into a rambunctious toddler.
Each time I hit record, our family is just one antic away from being the $10,000 winner on America’s Funniest Home Videos.