I got to thinking tonight about how easy it is to focus on all that is wrong with Connie, what Connie can't do, doesn't do yet but should, won't do or shouldn't do. So that got me thinking about what all he can do. Here are just a few things that come to mind:
Smile, laugh, melt your heart by cocking his head to the side and rolling his eyes up at you, splash his sister in the bathtub, drop his cookie on purpose to watch mom and dad repeatedly pick it back up for him, find the trunk (by himself) on his "blue bunny elephant" lovey and chew on it until he falls to sleep on his own, find a way to roll completely off the blanket he was laying on before throwing up, show his affection for toys, pets and people by banging on them, chew on his toes, chew on his upper lip making this cute, underbite look on his face, become completely enamored by music on the Today Show's Concert Series, grab your nose/face/beard/glasses with gusto, mimic a fake laugh, wait patiently for feeding/changing/cleaning while Mommy takes MK to the bathroom all day long for potty training, make getting up in the middle of the night to clean up puke a rewarding experience, reach for us when he wants to be held, rub the top of his head, cover his face with cloth diapers and blankets when sleeping (just like Daddy), get excited when he sees Sissy or when visitors/therapists come over, reach out to try to pet the dog, knock ornaments off the tree with his feet, talk/sing himself to sleep, mimic facial movements while watching us eat (just as a cruel joke--he's leading us on!), recognize extended family members, poke you in the eye with his thumb and show no remorse, calm down (some call it "recover quickly") after getting upset or sick, watch you when you aren't looking, intensely study the tag on a blanket, doesn't get scared when you place a dancing, singing FrankenPig on his chest, help put his arms through the sleeve of a shirt now, bite your finger hard enough until you scream in pain, bang on the back of his other hand when he gets bored and can't reach a toy, kick the wipes container off the changing table, give cues as to when he's going to be sick so that we can prepare, thus having an easier clean-up. . .
Well, that's a start at least. Greg and I hope that this list helps you to see a little glimpse into his personality and how much joy he has brought to our home and family.