And below is a post I put on facebook recently, connected to this photo:
"My heart is slowly learning what my head already knew: little boys are different. Hosea is so much more work than my girls ever were at this age!!! Climbing on everything, rarely playing with actual "toys", grabbing at people, needing more help sleeping, and did I mention CLIMBING ON EVERYTHING?!!! Tonight putting all 3 to bed on my own--after a long day, a stomach ache, and plenty of worries--was a real test for my nerves. I "let him cry" for awhile, only to be paranoid that our neighbours would complain about our noise! Then when that didn't work I got him back up, to join in with story time for the girls, only to have them complain about his, well, climbing on them (among other things), and only to allow one more chance for him to loudly drop or throw hard toys onto our very un-soundproofed wood floors at a sensitive time of day! Finally, the girls down, I went back and succumbed to the "well, I might as well rock him to sleep". He quickly snuggled up to me like a little koala, arms around my middle, happily closing his eyes and smiling and drifting off to dreamland. Whew! That was a moment (almost) worth all the trouble"
Wow, that went by way. too. fast.
(also, this is the calamine lotion phase...notice the legs? the girls were getting so many mosquito bites a few weeks ago and always wanting me to put lotion on them!!)
She really is a special teacher and Greta will miss her. I am hoping our other two will get to be in her class...finger's crossed we can stay in Canada!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Greta might join Ms. Hales ukelele club next year.
Apparently at pick up time--Matthew was there--Ms. Hales told him, "You know, you have a really special, beautiful girl there...really you do!" Her progress report is marked with ALL (but one) "exceeds expectations" (EXCEPT for with invented spelling she "meets expectations"...no big deal). Yes I am a proud mama!!!
Enjoy the photo! It's precious.
Recently Therese said about Hosea, in fun, "He's just a little monster today!" :-)
He's a sweetheart. One thing the little monster does like to do lately is feed other people--share his food with them. Also, he's super into looking at wheels on cars parked outside, watching them drive by, and spotting big trucks. My big boy!!!