Till now, most of what I’ve shared about Levi has been our wrestle with colic. And sure, these had 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.
For the reason that four-month mark, I can’t imagine how a lot he has modified. Nobody can. He was at all times great; he simply had a tough time adjusting to being alive (value noting that I can relate?). Generally 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 have a look at him.
I do know it’s so much when dad and mom assign these large traits to their child, however I’ll simply go forward and observe go well with: Levi has essentially the most optimistic, stunning vitality about him. He appears to be like at you and it’s like he’s trying 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.
Generally we describe him as, “simply comfortable 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’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 laughing, like he’s beginning the day with some conceal and search.
Though he likes to smile, he’s a tricky snicker. Daniel and I are continuously doing new bits, making an attempt to get him going, however principally he simply provides 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 frame when he couldn’t be held by anybody apart from Daniel and me. A child born in a pandemic…it is sensible. Now he’s far more OK with it.
James did the military crawl and Levi does the bear crawl. It doesn’t look straightforward, however it works for him. He motors 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 formulation to get all his vitamins so this created an issue. Now we have 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 day-after-day 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 large brother…it’s like a light-weight activates inside him. It was clear early on that he adored James and now that he’s crawling all over the place, he can form of “play” along 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 out to be extra aggressive, particularly round toys. So he yells, “Levi, it’s not secure” 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 continuously interfering of their relationship as they fight to determine the right 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. Possibly we should always get a Roomba and put it in a pug costume.
I really like you, my treasured Levi! You make my entire life.