It seems that Stephen (8 months old) is learning new skills every day. And his personality is starting to reveal itself more and more. And there are times that I think “Did Phinehas do that?” because I can’t remember. And they’re only 18 months apart! And I still can’t remember unless I’m prompted by something or someone mentions it. I don’t want to forget:
- What Phinehas’ belly button looked like. For at least the first year of his life, it was a cute little cinnamon roll shaped.
- How he used to point to the lamp and whisper “Hot”, either like he knew a secret or that he was afraid that you didn’t know it. I’m not even convinced he knew what “hot” meant at that point.
- When we called Uncle Kyle for his birthday last weekend and he just knocked out a great rendition of “Happy Birthday” song. Wasn’t perfect, but I don’t know how he even knew what he did!
- How he ‘chases’ up after Stephen on the steps, “pretending” to catch him, just like we do with him.
- How he (kindly intentioned, but not so kindly in action) pulled Stephen down the stairs trying to help him learn how to go down.
- How lately he wants one last hug and kiss from me when I drop them off at Aunt T’s…that’s a new thing and I love it!
- The way he says “tickle” when he wants Jeff to chase him around and tickle him.
- And the way he says “No!” when you ask if he wants you to tickle his tummy, but then he lifts up his shirt so that you have easy access to tickle him.
- How he asks for “some”. It used to be that everything is “some”. Some watermelon. Some M&Ms. Some cheese. Doesn’t matter – he wants “some”.
- Him playing with my hair dryer in the morning as I get ready. His love for the vacuum is being replaced by that new toy.
- How we have to read “Dog” (Go Dog Go) at least 5 times/day even though he rarely seems to be paying attention.
- Playing in the bathtub asking me to “shoot” which means fill up this little syringe with water and shoot it at the wall.
What saddens me is how much I’ve already forgotten and that he won’t remember most of this…but that’s okay. I’m creating good bonds between us that I hope to strengthen the rest of his life.