Friday, September 29, 2006

The joys of Carter

Posted by Mandy at 11:42 AM

As much stress as my two year old little man can cause me, he also brings me so much joy. I wasn't sure what it would be like raising a little boy. I wasn't sure I was up for that challenge, or that I would even enjoy it. Imagine my surprise when each day this little man keeps me smiling and laughing and enjoying 'most' of my time with him.

Today I was doing laundry, and got to the white clothes. I was sorting socks and couldn't help but laugh at Carter's. Most of his have some sort of dull muddy stain on them, no amount of bleach can remove those stains. Two seperate pairs had those sticky briar things all in them... I spent a good amount of time picking those off. Madison's socks are all bright white and look brand new... but she doesn't enjoy rolling in the mud and going off of the worn path in the woods into the vines and briars like her baby brother does. Everything to Carter is an adventure. If there is a rock, he wants to pick it up and throw it at something, or someone. If there is a hill, he must climb it. If there is a small fallen tree, he must jump over it. It it's a larger fallen tree, he must climb up on it and then jump off of it. There is no greater delight in his life right now than having a nice stick to dig with or hit things with. He even eats like I knew a boy would. (no offense guys!) Madison was always such a slow and clean eater. Even as a baby! Carter does know how to eat with a spoon, but gets frustrated quickly and drops it to dig in with his hands. (as pictured) He has no concern about the mess all about him, or on him. I used to think these things were hard to deal with... but now I've learned to embrace them as part of having Carter. These silly things that I know one day will be in the past and I will miss them. One day he won't want to have an adventure through the woods with Mommy. One day he won't think playing at the park with all of the sticks we find together is fun. I fear the day that he decides sitting in Mommy's lap for a 20 minute cuddle session is "sissy stuff." I know it will come. So here's to enjoying the day! Whatever 'day' you're having... it will end and we'll never ever get this one day back again. A lot of this post comes from the fact that Clayton has had to work 3 fatality wrecks in one week's time. They were alive one minute, dead the next. In the blink of an eye.. their life on earth came to an end, and their friends and families' lives were forever changed. It really is true that old saying... "life's too short.."


K.T. says peace on Friday, 29 September, 2006 said...

Great Post!!It is always interesting to hear the different experiences people have raising their children and the differences between children.My son is the clean,I dont want to get my hands dirty or my hair messed up ,but dont get me wrong,he is not effeminate either.The girls are the roll around in the mud, hands ,shirt and face dirty type.Ironic isnt it!

Brandy on Friday, 29 September, 2006 said...

yep, none of my girls mind being messy and dirty, either. it is wonderful, though, that you realize the importance of enjoying each phase. so much of raising kids often gets wished away, only to be missed later. i rocked kami to sleep until she was 4, and we family sleep. . .all kids crawl into bed with us sometime during the night. we love it. . .we know we'll miss it one day, as crowded as it is right now! :)

Mandy on Friday, 29 September, 2006 said...

Brandy, Carter is in our bed each night too. :) Sometimes I hate it b/c he rubs on me constantly and keeps me awake (he's the kid that you cannot possibly hold close enough.. which is sweet, but not at 3am lol) but the nights that he sneeks in and i wake up and he's there next to me.. it always makes me smile!

KristieSue on Monday, 02 October, 2006 said...

Cute! Boys are great. I had a girl first and then two boys after that and they sure are fun to have around.

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