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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Playing favorites

Let me just say that I LOVE all of my children. I love them equally, all the time, no matter what.

But, I'll admit that sometimes a child will make it really easy to love him and other times, he will make it really hard.

Let me repeat: I LOVE all of my children. I love them equally, all the time, no matter what.

Okay, that said.

Bear is such an easy child to love. So easy-going. Let's take sleep as an example- since sleep is usually something that can be an agonizing experience with babies and toddlers and on up. When he was a baby, we could just put him in his crib and he'd play for awhile if he wasn't tired until he finally fell asleep. When he'd wake up, he would play for awhile before demanding that we pick him up. When he got old enough to crawl up the steps by himself, he would go to his crib alone and stand there, holding onto the bars, looking longingly into his crib, should we not put him to bed when he was tired. Even now, he goes to bed without a fight and doesn't cry if he's not ready to sleep or when he wakes up in the morning. I'll go into his room in the morning and find him playing with his stuffed animals or his blanket. And he always greets me with a smile and a "Hi, Mommy!"

Cub should be exempt from the comparison, since he's still a baby...but Bear was only waking up once or twice a night when he was 3 days old. I remember getting up over and over to check to make sure that he was okay, since I was used to DEMON SLEEPER, aka Monkey, who didn't sleep for longer than 1.5-2 hours until he was 6 months old.

Bear is easy-going in everything he does. He'll eat whatever you put in front of him. He gets excited over the least little things- like clapping and jumping up and down when I get him a drink. He snuggles up on my lap, gives lots of hugs and kisses, and has a smile that lights up the room.

Bear is often overlooked by his extended family, so I don't feel too badly extolling his virtues here. It's not that they do it on purpose. Monkey is a leader: LOUD and demanding- it's almost impossible to ignore him. Cub is still a baby and babies are passed around and cooed at. Bear is content to play on his own or to bring someone a toy with a sweet "Here ya go" and go back to his playing. He doesn't get in anyone's face and demand attention nor is he a baby who needs held.

So, I almost overcompensate for the lack of attention he receives from other family members. We go on secret trips to get ice cream, he gets to stay up later than the other two, and occasionally gets away with murder.

One last time: I LOVE all of my children. I love them equally, all the time, no matter what.


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