Till now, most of what I’ve shared about Levi has been our wrestle with colic. And sure, these have been a number of the hardest months of my life, however it doesn’t inform the entire story concerning the previous 10 months with Levi.
Because the four-month mark, I can’t consider how a lot he has modified. Nobody can. He was all the time great; he simply had a tough time adjusting to being alive (price noting that I can relate?). Typically I joke that he was in my stomach, cozy and content material and blissfully unaware, and when he got here out in September 2020, he took a go searching on the mess of the world and stated, no f*ing thanks. Who might blame him?
However now. Now he has grown into the sweetest, smiliest child boy. And pricey god almighty he’s cute. I really feel like I’m melting once I take a look at him.
I do know it’s quite a bit when mother and father assign these huge traits to their child, however I’ll simply go forward and comply with swimsuit: Levi has essentially the most constructive, lovely power about him. He appears to be like at you and it’s like he’s wanting previous your eyes and into your soul, assessing it, understanding you, providing you with the peace of being each seen and accepted. You didn’t even know a child might do this for you, however he does.
Typically we describe him as, “simply completely satisfied to be right here.” Levi is our jolly little man. He loves making eye contact and giving this big one-dimple, cheeks-puffed-out smile that’s not possible to not return. He’s playful, nearly like an over-excited pet who needs to play however doesn’t precisely know the way. He stands up in his crib ready for us within the morning and as quickly because the door opens he dives again down and crawls to the nook whereas guffawing, like he’s beginning the day with some disguise and search.
Although he likes to smile, he’s a troublesome snicker. Daniel and I are consistently doing new bits, making an attempt to get him going, however largely he simply offers us this lovely, well mannered smile and coos at us, primarily saying, oh you guys are treasured. However every now and then, you actually hit on one thing and this boisterous cackling comes roaring out. It’s so satisfying. So so satisfying.
There was a time period when he couldn’t be held by anybody apart from Daniel and me. A child born in a pandemic…it is smart. Now he’s rather more OK with it.
James did the military crawl and Levi does the bear crawl. It doesn’t look simple, however it works for him. He motors by way of the home on all fours and his knees by no means contact the bottom. He loves wrestling with Daniel and James. However his favourite factor on the earth is when DeeDee visits and he chases her round the home on the ground, lastly having a playmate on his stage. He’s an adventurous climber. Final week he climbed up onto the sofa utilizing a pillow that was on the ground and he tumbled over the armrest onto the ground. Fortunately, he escaped with only a bruise, however we’re all the time on excessive alert.
Once we first launched solids round six months, he wished nothing to do with them. He acted repulsed by something we put in his mouth aside from a bottle. However inside a couple of weeks, he began to actually get pleasure from meals, a lot in order that he now tries to refuse his bottle altogether. He nonetheless wants the formulation to get all his vitamins so this created an issue. We have now to combine his formulation into oatmeal or purees now to verify he’s getting sufficient.
At this level, I can’t consider a meals we’ve given him that he doesn’t like. He adores avocado and eats half of 1 nearly on daily basis for lunch. He additionally actually likes broccoli, candy potatoes, scrambled eggs, shredded rooster, and something James leaves behind.
Merely put: James. He adores James. The look in Levi’s eyes when he sees his huge brother…it’s like a lightweight activates inside him. It was clear early on that he adored James and now that he’s crawling in all places, he can type of “play” together with his brother—one thing James loves, too. James has warmed as much as Levi after being fairly impartial towards him for the primary six-ish months. However he has additionally turn into extra aggressive, particularly round toys. So he yells, “Levi, it’s not protected” and shoves him to the bottom. We’re engaged on making an attempt to sense when James isn’t within the temper for interplay however we additionally don’t need to be consistently interfering of their relationship as they fight to determine the way to work together with each other.
The vacuum. And that’s a toughie as a result of we’ve by no means wanted to make use of a vacuum greater than we do now, with two wild animals roaming the home. Perhaps we must always get a Roomba and put it in a pug costume.
I like you, my treasured Levi! You make my entire life.