This never gets old in our family. A natural performer, Thing 2 loves to show off his muscles. He’ll do a few poses, then realize everyone is looking at him (and laughing), and then he gets embarrassed and slumps his shoulders. It’s very funny. And I can assure you that, unlike major league baseball, this todder is not using steroids.
Watching this dimly lit scene between Thing 1 and Thing 2 made me flash forward about a dozen years. I started to picture an innocent, teenage Thing 2, getting a lesson from his big brother on how to “take a hit”.
Then the image in my mind unraveled further, to Thing 2 hanging around all day in his sweatpants, no shirt, in a dorm room somewhere, smoking pot all day. Good thing they are only in preschool and I don’t have to worry about it yet.
Here’s what was really going on:
Thing 1 just turned four. I go back and forth on whether the time has gone by fast or not. In some ways, it has been a blur, and I remember clearly when there was just one Thing and that was about all I could possibly handle. Now there are three of them, and I probably handle better than I did back then. Then, there are times 4 years seems like a very, very long time, and I can’t even remember what it was like before kids. Oh well, I’m sure the next 4 years will go even faster.
Here is some video from the party, held at a kid’s gym. A bit much for a kid’s party? Are you kidding? Do you think I’d have that many kids in my house? The video is from the end of the party, where they have the birthday boy put on a crown and hand out the all important goody bags.
Another dad sings about “all the crying and the whining” that’s part of putting kids to bed. I couldn’t have said it any better…
The way someone eats an Oreo can give interesting insight into their personality. There is even a psychological test on the subject. Thing 1 and Thing 2 eat Oreos in very different ways, and it’s right on with their different personalities.
According to the test, Thing 1 fits into the Twisted apart, the inside, and then the cookie category.
You have a highly curious nature. You take pleasure in breaking things apart to find out how they work, though not always able to put them back together, so you destroy all the evidence of your activities. You deny your involvement when things go wrong. You are a compulsive liar and exhibit deviant, if not criminal, behavior.
Thing 2 is clearly in The Whole Thing category.
This means you consume life with abandon, you are fun to be with, exciting, carefree with some hint of recklessness. You are totally irresponsible. No one should trust you with their children.
This video shows the two different styles in action. Regardless of how they eat them, Oreos remain a valuable technique for getting kids to eat vegetables/take a bath/stop fighting/clean up.
At two months old, Thing 3 is able to smile. It’s a major milestone for parents. This bundle, aka blob, of joy that has done nothing but eat/cry/sleep/poop for two months, is now aware of his surroundings and able to interact with us. Everyone comes up to him now and tries to get him to smile. I wonder, what do babies think when parents try to get them to smile? Are they as amused as us?