My sweet Charlie,
I am not really sure where to even begin or if I am going to be able to describe you, little one. You are spunky and real and so beautifully created. I am not quite sure how you fit such a big personality in that tiny body of yours! Your Daddy likes to say that you have more personality in your little finger than he does in his whole body; and while that isn’t entirely true I am not sure how else to describe it. You basically have me and the rest of the world wrapped around your little finger because when you smile I am a goner and whatever you want, it’s yours. This is not to say that you are spoiled or rotten because you’re not, your wants are not great or demanding- a taste of Mommy’s “dink”, to use the big boy cup (that not even Jay gets to use), an extra push on the swing, one more bike ride with Daddy, a few more minutes to “make” your Duplo towers before supper, a bite… heck, sometimes the whole bowl… of whatever Mommy or Daddy are eating, extra bubbles in the bath, to be picked up even though I am holding Luc and about three other things. I don’t mind giving into your demands, you just have a way about you that makes giving easy. You have taught me so much because of this.
Lately, I have had the pleasure of more one-on-one time with you. While Luc is sleeping and Jay is at school, I get you all to myself and I am drinking you in. We read stories and build towers, explore the front yard or trace your hands on the driveway with chalk, we cuddle with your blue blankey, we dance in the kitchen or bake together (all the while with you “tasting” to make sure that everything checks out). You are my helper and my buddy throughout the day; helping me to carry things or just keeping me company while I do things around the house. Your hugs are the best and usually start with you running from across the room- so big and all encompassing just like you. Joy and happiness are still two of the best words to describe you, simply put you are just happy to exist! You delight in the little things and when you smile it’s like you know a secret that I can’t wait another minute to know. In the same breath, you are trouble and I have said that from day one. You are stubborn and opinionated and you like to get your own way. You have your Daddy’s determination and pigheadedness and darn if you won’t give in. You are going to give your Daddy and me a run for our money and while I am excited for what is to come I am also a little afraid of what all you are going to put us through!
You love your brothers both Jay and Luc in such unique ways. You are Jay’s playmate and cohort; you will get each other into more trouble than I care to imagine. You are constantly imagining things and fighting monsters and bears with each other or chasing and laughing until you can’t anymore. And while you have yet to full out wrestle with each other I know that it is coming although I know that you will be able to hold your own. But with Luc you are sweet and gentle. You dote on him and tend to his every need. Bringing him paci’s, covering him up with your blanket and asking to kiss his sweet head so frequently. You are the only one to call him Luc-y and it melts me when you do.
Charlie, I hope you always run to things with open arms and a joyful heart, that you continue to delight in the little things and smile as though you know all of the secrets. Promise to share a few of them with me from time to time and I will promise to continue to be your champion, your cheerleader and the one that you can run to. I have no doubt that you will accomplish great things and touch many lives sweet boy since you already have. The best is yet to come and I am so excited to be along for the ride.
Happy Birthday my sweet two year old!
I stumbled upon this post while trying to clean up the draft area on my blog. It is ridiculously old, the date happened before I was pregnant with Luc, however, the photos and experience still amuse the heck out of me so enjoy and think of it as a flashback of sorts ;)
A few weekends (ha- more like months ago at this point) ago Jamie and I got the opportunity to head out for a date! Like a REAL date- one where we went to dinner just the two of us, one where I got to sit through the whole supper, one where we didn’t have to feed anyone or cut anyones food but our own, one where we didn’t have to yell at each other just to hear over the babbling baby and non-stop-talking toddler. It was SO nice, like really nice and it was a little amusing to boot.
We went to see Brave at the theater (it has been out for weeks so we were the only one in the theater until a family came in right as it was starting) and then we grabbed a bite to eat. I suggested we head somewhere a little different and decided to go to a place called Bananas on the recommendation of a friend. Well different is definitely what we got! Unbeknownst to us (we didn’t see the huge rainbow flag a flying as we walked into the restaurant) all of the watresses dress in drag at Bananas so we were served by Cocoa (see below). We laughed about it pretty much the whole meal, which was really good by the way, and then saw the rainbow flag as we headed out of the restaurant on our way home. It definitely wasn’t what we expected but the night out was fun all the same.
Remember these photos of Charlie? Well apparently some things never change… Luc started out as the only one on the floor. Jay thought he was lonely.
Flash back to April 2013… I have recently had a few spare moments and was able to go through some older photos. These were taken before Charlie got his first haircut; look at those sweet baby curls….
We occasionally give the boys popsicles in the bath tub (when they have them). The clean up is much easier than it is at the table and as an added bonus they slide all over the tub when they eat them and giggle like crazy.
By the way, Eddy’s Real Fruit popsicles are pretty amazing especially the coconut ones. Grab some at publix when they are BOGO and you will thank me ;)
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