To date, most of what I’ve shared about Levi has been our battle in opposition to colic. And sure, these had been a number of the hardest months of my life, however It would not inform the entire story. in regards to the final 10 months with Levi.
Since they turned 4 months outdated, I am unable to imagine how a lot he is modified. No person can. It was all the time fantastic; he simply had a tough time adjusting to being alive (is it value noting that I can relate?). I generally joke that he was in my stomach, snug, content material, and blissfully unaware, and when he emerged in September 2020, he took one have a look at the mess of the world and mentioned: no fucking thanks. Who might blame him?
However now. Now he has develop into the sweetest and smiling child. And expensive God almighty, it is cute. I really feel like I am melting after I have a look at him.
I do know it is rather a lot when mother and father assign these nice traits to their child, however I will go forward and do the identical: Levi has essentially the most optimistic and exquisite power about him. He appears to be like at you and it’s as if he’s wanting past your eyes and into your soul, evaluating it, understanding you, providing you with the peace of being seen and accepted. You did not even know a child might do this for you, however he does.
We generally describe it as “simply joyful to be right here.” Levi is our joyful little boy. He likes to make eye contact and provides that vast smile with a dimple and puffy cheeks that’s unimaginable to not return. He’s playful, virtually like an overexcited pet who desires to play however would not know precisely how. He will get up in his crib ready for us within the morning and as quickly because the door opens, he dives again in and crawls to the nook whereas he laughs, like he is beginning the day enjoying disguise and search.
Though he likes to smile, he has a tricky giggle. Daniel and I are always doing new issues, making an attempt to get him going, however principally he simply provides us this lovable, well mannered smile and coos at us, primarily saying, oh, you guys are valuable. However each now and again, one thing actually happens to you and this boisterous laughter comes out loud. It is extremely satisfying. Kind of satisfying.
There was a time period the place nobody however Daniel and I might maintain him. A child born in a pandemic… is smart. He is far more okay with it now.
James did the military crawl and Levi did the bear crawl. It would not appear simple, however it works. He walks round the home on all fours and his knees by no means contact the bottom. He likes to battle with Daniel and James. However his favourite factor on the planet is when DeeDee visits him and he chases her across the flooring of the home, and he lastly has a playmate on her degree. He’s an adventurous climber. Final week he climbed onto the sofa utilizing a pillow that was on the ground and fell to the ground on the armrest. Fortunately he escaped with solely a bruise, however we’re all the time on excessive alert.
After we first launched him to strong meals round six months, he wished nothing to do with them. He acted repulsed by something we put in his mouth that wasn’t a bottle. However inside a couple of weeks he began to actually benefit from the meals, to the purpose that he now tries to refuse the bottle altogether. He nonetheless wants the system to get all of the vitamins out of him, so this created an issue. Now now we have to combine his system with oats or purees to ensure he’s getting sufficient.
At this level, I am unable to consider any meals we have given him that he would not like. He loves avocado and eats half of 1 virtually every single day for lunch. He additionally actually likes broccoli, candy potatoes, scrambled eggs, shredded hen, and no matter James leaves behind.
In a nutshell: James. He adores James. The look in Levi’s eyes when he sees his older brother… it is like a lightweight activates inside him. It was clear from the start that he adored James and now that he crawls round, he can “play” along with his brother, one thing James additionally loves. James has grown nearer to Levi after being pretty impartial in the direction of him for the primary six months. However he has additionally develop into extra aggressive, particularly with toys. He then yells, “Levi, it is not secure” and pushes him to the bottom. We’re engaged on making an attempt to detect when James is not within the temper to work together, however we additionally do not wish to always intrude with their relationship whereas they’re making an attempt to determine easy methods to work together with one another.
I do not like
The vacuum. And that is laborious as a result of we have by no means wanted to make use of a vacuum cleaner greater than now, with two wild animals roaming the home. Perhaps we must always purchase a Roomba and gown it up as a pug.
I like you, my valuable Levi! You make my entire life.