Yesterday marked one month since Wedly came home. It's a bit hard to believe. We are starting to see a little more (I think) of what his true colors are as he gets more and more comfortable with both us and his new home. He is definitely a sweet heart, no doubt about it, but this last week or so we have seen him test the waters a bit more to figure out where the boundaries are. He's is much more comfortable with the word "No" these days (which we are actually really glad to hear!) and he has such a funny way of saying it too! He has also been doing a lot more exploring as he is trying to figure out what he can and can't get into. These last couple of days in particular it feels like I've been saying things like "Wedly, please don't do that," and "Wedly, be sure to be gentle with Gabe" a whole lot more. I don't like feeling like I have to say no to a lot of things he is trying, but I think it's just a natural stage we have to go through. It's been so nice to see him become more and more interested in interacting with Gabriel. So far, he is a great big brother! He gets concerned when Gabe cries and tries to find ways to pacify him. Just in general, it's been really fun to get to know him. Here are 10 things we love about our boy...
1. His laugh. He just might have the best laugh of anyone I know. And I love that laughing comes easily to him. Sometimes he laughs for no reason at all, like he just needs to get it out.
2. I love it when he sings, which is fairly frequent. Sometimes I recognize the words, sometimes I recognize the tune (but not the words, which makes me think he must be singing in Creole?) and sometimes he sings a song he's making up on the fly. These songs are a bit hard to understand, except I'll catch a few random words like "Gabriel" or "semi-truck" etc.
3. I love how he wants to be wherever we are. It really doesn't matter what we are doing, he just wants to be involved. He'll even help with washing dishes and vacuuming.
4. I love watching him experience new things. Yesterday I cut up a peach that we were sharing and left the pit on my plate. He asked what it was, so I told him, but obviously didn't explain it well enough, because a moment later I heard a loud crunch and realized he had popped it in his mouth and was trying to eat it. Occasionally I will listen to sermon videos online. I'm sure there is very little he understands, but still he'll sit and watch the "movie." In fact, when I play music on my computer, there is a colorful visual that changes to the beat of the music and he has excitedly watched that as well, calling it a movie. He was pretty impressed with our washer and dryer, both of which have windows to look in and see it at work.
5. I love his cuddles and he's almost always up for a big hug. He loves to be held and will often say "lap, lap" in an effort to get you to sit down and hold him for awhile.
6. His excitement over silly things is pretty cute. He has a little dance he'll do when I start cutting open a mango. He also loves getting a new diaper...he gets giddy over it. It's been a little hard to know what to do about toilet training. I think we'll just hold off and wait until he's really ready, but we've been talking about it with him and will at times have him sit on his little potty. When he sits down he almost always is able to go right away, which makes me think he's physically ready, just maybe not emotionally ready to let the diapers go. Really it depends on his mood because sometimes he enjoys sitting on his potty and doesn't want to get up and other times doesn't want to. Regardless, when he decides he's ready for the diaper he giggles all the way to where we change him.
7. He loves to be chased and tickled. After bathtime each night, Dan will ask him to go grab a diaper. Wedly's made a tradition of grabbing the diaper and getting just close enough to Dan to toss it to him before screaming and making a run for it. His laughter as he runs from Dan can be heard throughout the house. It never ceases to bring a huge smile to my face.
8. I love his concern for others. I mentioned how he is always concerned when Gabe is crying. Well, each night (and sometimes at meals too) we'll ask him if there is anyone in particular he wants to pray for. He's gathered quite a list of people including his papa, Nick and Nikki, Eventz, Josiah, Mateja, Adam, Shiela, Chante and some of the other staff at COTP. His first request is always to pray for Manno. He'll say "Manno, doctor." Apparently prior to his leaving Haiti, his little friend Manno had a doctor's appointment that really stuck in his mind. Anyway, we pray for little Manno at least once a day. We pray for several of his other friends as well, including Mickenson, Fred, Christine and Cindy. After going to church on Sunday, he has requested several times that we pray for church. Other requests include praying for Ben and his school (he starts kindergarten this year). After mentioning Ben he'll excitedly say "Heidi! Uncle Nate! Sam! Levi!" I'm sure there are other things we pray for, but those are the most frequent ones from our boy. We been talking to him about the fact that God hears our prayers and we can bring anything we want to him. It is cool to see the wheels turning in his head as he tries to think of people he wants to pray for.
9. I love his love for learning. He's been learning a lot of new words recently and he gets very excited about his new discoveries. He loves telling us all that he knows. Sometimes over and over and over again. :)
10. I love his spirit of thankfulness. He is really, really good at remembering to say thank you, even with simple things. If I grab him his sippy cup, he'll say "thank you mommy!" He also really seems to appreciate the things he's been given. A prime example of this is how much he loved the water bottle Dan brought to him in Haiti. He carried it everwhere and wanted to show everyone his new water bottle. That's just classic Wedly - he loves and appreciates even small things.