One of my favorite things about being a parent, and one that I know Amber enjoys tremendously as well, are those times when we get to sit back and soak in when Kaitlyn does something or experiences something for the first time. We take a lot of pride in being there to experience so many things with her, and we know that she loves our support and the support of the friends of our who get to be there, too.
Like her reaction the first time we went to Disney.
Or how proud she was after her first pre-K program.
Or how excited she was on her first day of kindergarten, and then again on the first days of first and second grade.
Or how happy she was to start gifted.
And there was her reaction when we boarded the Disney Dream last summer.
Then yesterday, we got to see another look and reaction that I know we will each never forget. We are pretty deep into her baseball season, and she was one of the few players on the team to yet to get a hit off of the coach (the league allows the kids to use a tee when they get two strikes, and she has been successful in those plate appearances). That all changed last night. She had been putting good swings on the ball for the last few games, and last night, it all came together. She hit the ball pretty good, and ran with joy to first base. I can’t even do justice to the smile on her face when she got there, but I know that I am happy to have been right there to witness it.
I can say with all honesty that her reaction ranks toward the top of the list of things that are burned into my memory and that I will happily recall for the rest of my life. It didn’t supplant the look on Amber’s face the first time she heard Kaitlyn cry in the delivery room, but it is up there pretty good, and is one that I will never forget.