Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Is it Nature Or Nurture? I Don't Know, I Am Just Glad They are Mine!

Have you ever heard those debates? What makes a boy a boy or a girl a girl? I always thought it was both. However with Ethan I am thinking maybe they are just born that way! He shocks me right now with how "Boyish" he is! I don't remember Zachary being like this. This kid is freakishly rough and tumbly!
When he is angry what does he do? Head butt. You, the floor, the couch, whatever he can as hard as he can and for as much as he can get away with before he is stopped or practically head injured. And his voice is so dang raspy. And he climbs. Everywhere. Like a freakin monkey! I am contemplating tying him up at night so he can't get out of that crib! And I don't know how to keep him out of sinks and toilets! Let me tell you a kid in a toilet when you are queesy..not a good combo!
One of my favorite things he does? He tries to take on Zach. All the time. It's like he is challenging him! He jumps on him, yells at him, tells him to shut up for no reason ( I know it's not so nice but sometimes it is kinda funny!) He likes to wrestle him. He just loves, loves to mix it up with him.One of my least favorite things he does? Repeats my swear words! Nice!
I find myself amazed watching him lately thinking dang he is so different from these girls. He is already bigger than Grace and he weighs only 3 lbs less than Bailey!If he gets hurt, usually he say ow! and rubs the spot he hurt and then is off again. And he only likes to snuggle on his terms. He will be playing and running full speed and then stop come over give me a hug or kiss then is off again!
I know I say this all the time but I am always amazed at how much I enjoy the differences in each of my kids. I love the unique little spirit each one possess. And I am having so much fun watching this little guy as he learns new things and stretches his wings!
I have just been so conscious of how much he is changing lately and have enjoyed it.

Today I had a Dr appt again and before I left Ethan was doing crazy little tricks to make me laugh.once I would laugh he would put his hand to his forehead and cackle like it was the funniest thing he had ever done. He was just being crazy. I left with a smile and thought of him throughout the appt. I had another sonogram today and The baby didn't like it and was doing somersaults to get away from the pressure they were putting on me. I was amazed that at such a early stage I could see the little hands and feet and could see the fingers opening and closing.I didn't realize they could move like that at such a early stage and it was kind of amazing to me to watch it. I had this feeling of gratitude come over me and I thought of my little guy Ethan at home and the others and thought of how unique each one is and what a blessing they are. I had this feeling of kind of excitement thinking I can't wait to get to know this little one too. It was a strange moment. Almost like a acceptance that this lil one will be special too. I think I finally felt grateful for this one to be joining our family.It was a good kind of change of heart.
Not sure if this makes sense and I'm not sure if I even expressed the jumbled up thoughts in my head but I just feel a need to show a little gratitude.Maybe there is a greater plan in store for us and my Heavenly Father knows what is best.Plus, we ARE promised we will not be given more than we can handle right? So maybe baby #7 isn't a going to be the death of me after all!
Besides, I have my mantra...Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.Man kids movies are really deep sometimes!


RhondaLue said...

Those movies are deep! I especially got a lot from HORTON HEARS A WHO as well.

Ok so your post today is so great. Sometimes those monkey-ish kiddos wear us out so much but they are SO cool and FUN too. Thanks for the reminder! ;)

The Northwest Bunch said...

To quote another movie
"Life is like a box of chocolates..." We really do not know what we are getting but we enjoy every bite. Love you Lauri!!

sherry said...

I thought you were perfectly eloquent. In fact you choked me up just a little bit! That Ethan is a cute little thing. I remember thinking I wouldn't have made it through my pregnancy with Abigail if I didn't have Brenley there to make me laugh every day. Speaking of Brenley, she has been asking for the Bailey and the Grace. When can I come get those munchkins?

Cheffie-Mom said...

Great post! Boys will be boys!

goingsome said...

AHH the precious moments of life. Somehow life deals us a funny hand, but it seems to work out. Keep your head high and understand that our Heavenly Father knows what we can handle, even when we think we can't.

It all has a way of working itself out. :)

Kids are a blessing. They seem to teach us things that we still need to learn.

Nutsonurse said...

Hey Lauri, I dont know if you remember me but my name is Austin Riley and I just thought you should know how much I miss and cherish you as a person! Im sorry that I missed you guys at the reunion, however, I was retained, I guess, for some shit that I had to take care of, but I'm done with that, so please know that I wish I was still apart of your lives and, oh, Honey I MISS YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH!
Anyway I'm loving life and everything about it, especially the waking up and breathing part! Please know I think of you and your family often and for future refernce my phone number is (208)-230-3097 if you would please get ahold of me so we can converse with one another, that would be fabulous! And let your parents know my number as well, maybe they want to hear my voice as much as I want to hear theirs. So Hakuna Matata (It means no worries! Hahahahahaha!) And think of me when you smile! May god bless you, and thank you for being you. I love you Aunt Lauri!!!!! Sincerely, Austin Alan Riley


Boys are delightful, aren't they? Joe is the same way! He loves to play army man with JR. It cracks me up to see him crawling on his belly filling JR up with lead. I am excited for this new baby for you. You are so fun and fantastic he will be blessed. Call me if you need to cpmplain. I feel ya!