For the past three months, we have looked at you and believed that we have cloned your brother. And, judging from the pictures on the left and right of this text – can you blame us?
But, here’s the thing. Over the last 15 weeks you have slowly been showing us who you are and this is what we have learned.
You have an amazing sense of humour. Yesterday, I buckled you into your car seat and as the last click was heard so too did I hear your diaper being filled. As you filled it, you looked up at me and smiled. And, so it was out of the car seat and onto the change table to get you cleaned up and in a new diaper while you continued to coo and smile. You appear to be ticklish and it is not that hard to make you giggle – your Dad is especially good at it. As a rule, when you are not hungry, tired or needing a new nappy – you are contented and smiling. The evening fussiness seems to have gone and left us with a very happy baby.
On the move is what you like to be. Whether you are standing up on someone’s lap, riding in the car, the baby bjorn or the stroller. As long as you are on the move. Sometimes when we stop at a traffic light, you get agitated but as soon as we hit the gas pedal you are quiet once again. I love to take you for walks because it is so easy to see that you love the outdoors. You lie snuggled in your buggy marveling at the simple things – the trees and the sky. This is enough to both stimulate you and keep you content.
It is easy for us to see that you love your brother. It is amazing to watch the two of you ~ especially in the bath. You sit next to him and look over at him with wonder, excitement and admiration in your eyes. You watch him studiously as he plays with his toys or pretends to make a cake using the bubbles as icing. I will be very surprised if the two of you don’t end up being the best of friends.
We know the cues now and this makes everything so much smoother. When you want to go to bed, you get niggly and don’t want to be held. You are still sleeping in a bassinet next to our bed and when we put you in your ‘bucket’ you settle down. Sometimes you will like there for 45 minutes or so just looking around and indulging in your own zen moment. And then, you are asleep. It breaks my heart to think of moving you away from my bedside. We put Corbin in his crib when he was only three weeks old, but you are harder for me to let go of. Perhaps because you are my last baby. Soon, however, I will have to let go. For now, I am simply starting by putting you down for naps in your big crib. You seem to be adjusting though I swear that every time I put you in your crib your pouty face seems to be telling me. “Mom, this isn’t my bucket.” When we are on the go, you sleep a lot. When we stay at home, your naps are short. Your brother was – and still is – such a regular and predictable napper. Maybe you are not. Time will tell and we will figure it out together.
For now, though, we are settling into a good routine. You go to bed at 8pm when your brother does and the two of you get up at 7am. The past three months have been amazing. It seems like just yesterday that you came to us and at the same time it also feels like you have been with us forever.
Right now as I complete this post, your Dad is making you laugh. Listening to the two of you makes me feel alive, complete and content. We don’t want you to grow up to fast, but we also can’t wait to see more of your beautiful personality shine through.
Lots of love,