Till now, most of what I’ve shared about Levi has been our wrestle with colic. And sure, these had been a few of the hardest months of my life, nevertheless it does not inform the entire story concerning the previous 10 months with Levi.
For the reason that four-month mark, I can not consider how a lot he has modified. Nobody can. He was at all times great; he simply had a tough time adjusting to being alive (price noting that I can relate?). Generally I joke that he was in my stomach, comfortable 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 may blame him?
However now. Now he has grown into the sweetest, smiliest child boy. And expensive god almighty he is cute. I really feel like I am melting once I have a look at him.
I do know it is loads when mother and father assign these massive traits to their child, however I will simply go forward and comply with swimsuit: Levi has essentially the most optimistic, lovely vitality about him. He seems at you and it is like he is trying previous your eyes and into your soul, assessing it, understanding you, providing you with the peace of being each seen and accepted. You did not even know a child may try this for you, however he does.
Generally we describe him as, “simply completely happy to be right here.” Levi is our jolly little man. He loves making eye contact and giving this large one-dimple, cheeks-puffed-out smile that’s not possible to not return. He is playful, nearly like an over-excited pet who needs to play however does not 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 laughing, like he is beginning the day with some conceal and search.
Though he likes to smile, he’s a tricky chortle. Daniel and I are always doing new bits, attempting to get him going, however largely he simply offers us this lovely, well mannered smile and coos at us, basically saying, oh you guys are valuable. However every now and then, you actually hit on one thing and this boisterous cackling comes roaring out. It is so satisfying. So so satisfying.
There was a time frame when he could not be held by anybody aside from Daniel and me. A child born in a pandemic…it is sensible. Now he is rather more OK with it.
James did the military crawl and Levi did the bear crawl. It does not look straightforward, nevertheless it works for him. He strikes via 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 this planet is when DeeDee visits and he chases her round the home on the ground, lastly having a playmate on his degree. 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 at all times on excessive alert.
Once we first launched solids round six months, he needed nothing to do with them. He acted repulsed by something we put in his mouth apart from a bottle. However inside a number of weeks, he began to essentially take pleasure in meals, a lot in order that he now tries to refuse his bottle altogether. He nonetheless wants the method to get all his vitamins so this created an issue. We now have to combine his method into oatmeal or purees now to verify he’s getting sufficient.
At this level, I can not consider a meals we have given him that he does not 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 hen, and something James leaves behind.
Merely put: James. He adores James. The look in Levi’s eyes when he sees his massive brother…it is like a light-weight activates inside him. It was clear early on that he adored James and now that he is crawling all over the place, 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 in direction of him for the primary six-ish months. However he has additionally turn into extra aggressive, particularly round toys. So he yells, “Levi, it is not protected” and shoves him to the bottom. We’re engaged on attempting to sense when James is not within the temper for interplay, however we additionally do not wish to be always interfering of their relationship as they struggle to determine the best way to work together with each other.
The vacuum. And that is a toughie as a result of we have by no means wanted to make use of a vacuum greater than we do now, with two wild animals roaming the home. Possibly we must always get a Roomba and put it in a pug costume.
I like you, my valuable Levi! You make my entire life.