This little guy turns 6 months today - the longest and shortest 6 months of my life!
It's true what they say, your heart really does just grow to make room for all of the love you have to give the subsequent children you have after your first. Seems silly looking back on how much I worried about that when now I can't even remember - or imagine - what our lives were like before Grey man came to be.
In honor of his 6 month milestone, I thought an "...isms" post was in order. And because our other munchkin is just too fricken cute for words these days, I've posted a few for big brother as well. Enjoy!
...the song, "The Wheels on the Bus" instantly calms him. I sing it when I need him to be still to cut his nails. I sing it when he's overtired and freaking out as I put his sleep sack on at night. I don't know what it is about that particular song, but it's his #1 fave.
...he is a passionate eater. At first, I thought we had trouble on our hands when he just didn't seem to be into the whole solid thing, but after changing the time of day in which we feed him, we realized it was just that he wasn't hungry. Now, post-nap, he cannot.get.enough and will keep eating and eating if you'd let him. And as you can see from the video below, sometimes he can be quite vocal about the service!
...he LOVES having his tummy kissed. He laughs and laughs. I think my nose must tickle him.
...he's starting to blabber a lot more and his newest trick is doing air-raspberries with his mouth and tongue. He will communicate back and forth with you if you return the sound.
...he also isn't shy about expressing his delight via high-pitched screams. He turns lots of heads when we're out and about when he gets excited about something. Case in point, the first time he took a turn on the swing at the park last week - he literally squealed with delight...
...he's a big fan of the pool and loves to splash.
...he's very interested in Greta, which makes her less interested in Grey. She must be aware of his hair-pulling death grip, which she luckily hasn't been caught in yet (I, on the other hand, have not been so lucky).
...he's always had a hard time pronouncing words that start with an 's' and are followed by a consonant, so "stinky" is "tinky" and "snap" is "nap". We're trying to correct this, so we'll say "It's sssss-nap". Well, he's taken this to mean that he has to put the "ssss" sound in front of anything he mispronounces, so for instance, when we correct his version of the word "milk" (he says "malk"), he'll say "sssss-MILK!", always at the top of his lungs.
...his rendition of the song Mama's Gonna Buy You a Mockingbird is the.best. He makes up things Mama will buy you so it goes something like this:
"Hush little baby, don't you cry,
Mama's going to buy you a quesadilla.
And if that quesadilla don't taste good,
Mama's going to buy you a kitty cat.
And if that kitty cat don't purr,
Mama's going to buy you a dog.
And if that dog don't bark..."
I tried unsuccessfully to get a video of it, but this one is still priceless...
...every morning, his first order of business is giving Grey hugs and kisses. And if by some miracle, Grey is still sleeping and he hears him wake up, he'll excitedly ask me if he can go in and tell Grey we're coming, then hop in his crib and smother away.
...he's the most empathetic three year old I've ever met. If a character in a book is being mean to another character, he'll be on the verge of tears asking me why. It's the saddest but cutest thing ever.
...he is a graduate of the Spring session of Soccer Shots:
...the word "why" is by far the most used word in his vocabulary.
...he's obsessed with keeping his hands clean. He must wash them or Purell them 100 times a day.
...give the kids some coins and he'll entertain himself for hours. I guess it's a good thing that he washes his hands so much!
...he fell asleep like this the other day: