As you can see, Auggie now sports the man bun because we have no idea what to do with his unruly curls but refuse to cut them. It actually suits him quite well, we think. Especially since he’s practically a man now, anyway! He’s growing soooooooo much. He’s at that amazing stage where he copies everything his older brothers do. Such a tiny body trying to do such big boy things, there’s something heartbreaking about it but in a sweet way. He went through a stage where he followed me around with his head touching my leg at all times, that was interesting. He also says “I love you” and “Thank you” all the time. He screams in the car if he doesn’t have a bottle but did relatively well on our 9 hour road trip to southern Cali, all things considered. He only threw up from crying once! We have a magical bedtime routine that really helps him calm down. We snuggle while he drinks his bottle and then walk around the room and say goodnight to specific things by him patting each thing: First, it’s goodnight to Auggie in the mirror, then goodnight to a pair of my shoes, then goodnight to a dinosaur skeleton necklace I have hanging up that he loves, then goodnight to a hat hanging on the wall, then goodnight to his lamp, then goodnight to his door, then goodnight to a blanky in his closet, then goodnight to a hook in his closet, then goodnight to his nose, then goodnight to my nose, then give a big kiss and a big squeeze, and then float him down into his bed like a feather. For the most part it gets him to accept bedtime pretty easily, but there are a few times a week where he won’t let go of my hands when I put him in his crib, and it’s just so cute. He’s getting pretty big for his little mini closet crib, but he loves it.
Charlie is so sweet with Auggie and with everyone for the most part. At one park playdate, Auggie was on a rampage and was running around hitting every kid smaller than him for no reason. Charlie was following him around the whole time apologizing to each kid that his brother did that to and would ask if they were ok. I get a lot of comments of other parents who tend him for me about how impressed they are with him and how observant he is. One time when I went to pick him up from a sitter, she had told me he had requested to watch Planet Earth, so that’s what they did! He’s great at being patient with kids younger than him and great at standing up for himself with kids who are older than him. He also sings himself to sleep every single night. He’s a soprano, in case you were wondering. My favorite joke he told this month: What has a brain and roundy eyes? A HUMAN!
Jameser! He finished Young Fives! It was the most amazing experience of his life and surely one of mine, too. I know it’s weird to give such clout to a preschool program, but it was our LIFE. And Lissa Kaplan, James’ teacher, changed our lives. She has the magical way of balancing teaching kids and letting them be kids. She loved James. OH, how she loved James! She taught James how to be confident in a way I couldn’t and she believed in him and helped him know how to succeed. And he made great friends. He wrote a love note to a girl named Kyra. He told me he loved her because she helps people with special needs, like their classmate Jonah. I was so proud of how confident he was to give her the note, even though I was so nervous for him! It turned out to be a positive experience for him, thank goodness. I also made some of the best friends of my life through the program! It was a crazy last month of school but he loved every single second of it. And I really did, too. He’s ready for kindergarten and to make new friends, but we’ll see how ready I am for him to start kindergarten when it gets closer! He made up his own riddle to tell in front of the class: What has a stem, is yellow, and is always smiling? A BANANA! We’ve been working with the boys a lot on using their brains to be funny instead of using potty humor. They are really doing great with it and we try to laugh extra hard when they tell an appropriate joke they thought of all by themselves, even if it’s a total flop, hahaha. Our boys are so darling.