Anyhow, C has amazed me over the past few days. A huge jump happened in "growing up," especially blossoming into a good big brother. I had found an unopened mini kit kat (the type with two sticks) his lolo and lola gave him when they visited a few weeks ago, and he excitedly started unwrapping it. His baby brother, J, caught sight of what was going on, and started whimpering because he wanted one, too. I told J, "Sorry... This is C's... I don't have one for you, my dear." I turned around to look at the counter and see if I had an alternative snack to offer... But before I knew it, I heard C's sweet little voice say, "Don't worry, J, here, have half of mine."
I turned around and saw him promptly break the two mini kit kat sticks apart, and give one of the sticks to his brother. Now both boys were happily eating a stick of candy.
Holy moly, the little moment brought tears to my eyes. I hugged them both and thanked C for sharing and being such a good, loving big brother.
That happened yesterday. TODAY, while we were enjoying a coupon-discounted breakfast at Einstein's Bagels, I was going through an app about animals with both boys, with C telling me and J about each animal he saw-- describing its name/word (i.e. dog, cat, etc.), coloring, and sounds. Then, out of the blue, he started adding what letter it began with.... and THEN he started pointing at the letters of each name/word and identifying the letters. WOW! We had gone over letters and the alphabet before, just to go over them, but I never realized how well he was catching on.
Lately, I've caught him tracing letters on his own... And he's been making amazing Lego creations without much queuing or instruction from either DH or myself-- planes, homes, guns (I've come to the acceptance that it's a boy thing)... even ships and rockets he sees on Star Wars. The child is amazing.
J has also been developing like crazy... Now saying words like bath, juice, more, all done, drink, cookie (coocoo)... Climbing with an amazing amount of dexterity. Really putting a lot of thought into how to maneuver up and down steps. So brave about things that it's very scary. Loving getting soaked in water... And wrestling with dogs he can managed to get close enough to. The kid is an adorable little RIOT!
Big thing that happened was he got too crazy confident on the bosu ball that he fell backwards but actually broke the fall judo-style and protected his precious little noggin: he beautifully rolled onto his back, broke the fall with his arms slapping the ground in a v, and his head didn't even touch the ground at all. He looked at me and smiled. I'm not sure if he picked his up watching C do it while he did jujitsu, but I was amazed and gave him instant praise.
My boys are amazing and wonderful. I'm so thankful for them. There are days when it's hard to keep up with them, but I love them so much. I pray constantly that I can be anywhere close to the level of mommy that God wants them to have.