there is something about becoming a parent, where the only thing that ends up mattering in your life is your child's well-being and happiness. and although i've always known that holden is a happy boy, there's something about other people recognizing your child's happiness that gives it validity, the confirmation you never knew you needed until you receive it. on tuesday, we had a well visit with the pediatrician and he remarked that it was so wonderful to see how inquisitive and happy holden was and it seemed like i was really settling in to being a parent. then on thursday, the other parents at gymboree kept commenting on what a happy boy holden was. my heart soared. i felt elated, proud, and every other good emotion you can think of, and i realized that those statements were quite possibly the greatest compliments i have ever received to date.