Does That Toddler Have A Mute Button?!

When you have children since birth, one of those pivotal moments in their lives (and yours) is when they say their first word. For us, our little guy Peyton’s first word was “Dada”. I remember that moment well because (A) I was so ridiculously excited that he said a word and (B) shortly after that everything changed. He began walking, laughing, torturing the dog… it was an exciting, yet challenging time.

After Peyton turned three, he started to communicate. I mean talk and carry on a conversation! Moving beyond a few words onto actual sentences. I remember thinking “where did my baby go?” But I quickly fell in love with that sweet little voice that made my heart go pitter-pat. If you are a parent, you know exactly what I mean.

We adopted our oldest son, Jackson, when he was 4-years-old, so every experience we have had with Peyton up to this point, as we brought him home from the hospital, has been “new” to us! Today, Peyton is a rambunctious soon-to-be 4-year-old who talks NON-STOP. He talks from the moment he gets up in the morning sitting on the potty, while I am trying to brush his teeth, with food in his mouth during breakfast, and the entire way to preschool. The trick I have learned is to say “Wow” and “Really?” in all the right places, especially when I have no idea what he is talking about.

He is currently obsessed with Captain America and that is mostly what he talks about. “Daddy, is Captain American a good guy?” is a question I get asked at least three times a day. Of course, his burning desire to ask that question usually occurs the minute I get on the phone, am trying to respond to an email, or when he calls me back into his room after bedtime!

When you have a baby, you have this little blob who eats, cries, pees, and poops, and it is hard to imagine the baby becoming a little person who will walk and talk. But they all do! Right before your eyes, in fact, and it is amazing to watch. Still, with all the repetition, repeating everything I say, and even the constant questions during a movie (yes, that was us in The Muppets Most Wanted” movie last month) -- there are the laughs, the smiles, the hugs, and the simple words, “I love you, Daddy” that make it all worthwhile.

So sometimes after we put the kids to bed, my husband and I sit back and enjoy the silence. And then we smile because we got exactly what we wanted, a family!

Posted by A.J. Edge

A.J. Edge has two sons through adoption, Jackson and Peyton. Along with his husband, Daniel, they live in Maplewood, New Jersey. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, A.J. holds an MBA in Human Resources Management from Walden University and currently works within the animal health industry from a large pharmaceutical company.


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