You know when something happens and you think to yourself to remember that moment so you can put it on your blog only to forget it by the time you sit down at the computer. Okay, well most of you may not have a blog but I’m sure you can imagine as it’s the same feeling when you walk into a room and can’t remember why you are there in the first place. Levi gives me these moments all the time to share but I can never remember them! Everyday is a blur and these little moments just blend in. Today I’m trying to recall some moments with Levi so they don’t get too blurry to remember.
Levi is a funny boy, a crazy character, a little pill, and so horribly ornery while being super sweet too! He is my handful!! He can count past 10, but I’m not sure how high because he purposely messes up the numbers most of the time! In moments he doesn’t think I’m listening or watching I will hear him count in order but when I ask him to count he says, “1, 6, 7, 8, 9″. If I’m counting backwards, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, to make a point and get Nathan to do something before I get to 1 Levi can be heard in the background saying, “6, 7, 8 , 9, 10″.
He wants to take his clothes and diaper off all the time. He will disappear to the basement and reappear with only a shirt on! I’ll tell him “you are a pill” to which I get “I not pill mama”.
Levi the leaper! He climbs and he jumps. Doesn’t matter how high he will think about jumping off of it. He climbs to the fourth step and jumps from our stairs. I had to discourage him from trying the fifth and sixth steps the other day. I painted our patio furniture a few weeks ago and he jumped off each item, including the table, multiple times while they were sitting in the grass. He hops to get from place to place and thinks it’s a reasonable mode of transportation. Even this morning he jumps and tell me “mama, that jump big!” after leaping off the ottoman.
He does the ‘I’m so cute’ look usually with a sly smile attached to his face when he’s doing something he knows he shouldn’t do. He will look me in the eye, give me the smile, and then do the act which will get him in trouble. The other day he wanted some more candy at my parents house. He’d already had enough so my mom told him he could take 4 home to his house and share with Nathan. He went and got a baggie and together he and my mom counted our the chocolate kisses. One, two, three, four….this was followed by a slight pause, a glance at mommy, and a quick sly smile before he quickly stuck his hand back in the candy bowl and put two more in his bag. A pill I tell you!!
Our biggest problem right now is he is a hitter. He likes to hit Nathan mostly, daddy sometimes for fun, and mommy to get attention. He learned really quickly with mommy one evening. I had put the kid in time out over and over for hitting and one evening when leaving the park while I was buckling him into his carseat he slapped me across the face. I returned the favor, which I think shocked him to pieces, and since then he’s learned not to hit mommy. He will hit with his hands, toys, metal trains, etc. Sometimes his hitting turns into throwing of toys – mainly trains at Nathan. He doesn’t hit other kids or adults which is a big blessing…and I hope never will! Poor Nathan takes the brunt of Levi’s arm. He’s getting better but it’s been a slow process.
I love the talking stage that Levi is in right now. He copies EVERYTHING Nathan says and it’s fun listening to him put together sentences. Today in the car he asked to go to my mom’s house. I explained how he would get to go in two days and play there. I asked if that sounded ok and he responded with “Oh! Yea! Sure! Great!” Made me laugh. :)
What Levi loves most in this world right now: his ya-ya (blankie), his blanket, his mama, his brother, (and daddy when mommy’s not around), playing outside “back yard”, pointing out things he sees or places he knows (“dare Nathan school” “dare ice cream store” “let go coffee donut”), eating sweets – mainly candy and cake (he had 4 pieces of cake yesterday and 6 mini cinnamon bites at a gathering – the cake was gluten free and made with coconut flour if that helps any), singing songs at bedtime with mommy, nuggling on mommy’s lap watching cartoons (snuggling), fruit, playing trains, jumping, and running away from mommy in public locations but as soon as he sees someone he doesn’t know or mommy is out of sight he gets scared and usually comes back. :)
I wish more of these moments stuck with Levi stuck with me. Maybe it’s my mommy brain forgetting things so quickly, or the fact we are usually moving at 90mph trying to get things done, or that with two kids you just can’t keep up with both of them and all the cute/ornery/funny things they do. Part of my reason for doing this blog is really for myself and my memories one day. I know these little moments I may remember now for a few days will eventually blur away as life continues on. Hopefully this blog will be my reminder of the times that flew by in a blur.