With three small children, our house is the opposite of quiet. The screaming, yelling and “NO MY TURN”s vibrate the house from dawn until dusk. Occasionally, there is silence, which is followed by the realization that something really bad is going on or is about to happen.
For each kid, silence means something different.
Landon is 10 months and quiet means that he is eating something he shouldn’t. Like a roly-poly, paper, socks, crayons, shoes or any leftovers from the previous meal that survived the hospital-grade floor scrubbing that occurs after each meal. The silence is short lived and soon will be replaced with hacking and choking, then giggling.
Adalyn is just a couple months past her two year birthday and her quiet time is filled with coloring on things that she is not supposed to. Like couches, wood floors, walls, tables, windows, laundry, toilets, dishwashers and 10-month old brothers. She will act so sorry and apologetic when you catch her, then will go right back to her non-paper coloring canvas the second your back is turned.
Ben is four years old and isn’t nearly as sneaky as his siblings. When he’s doing something wrong, he puts forth no effort to hide it. During his potty training years, it was a different story and his silence was very predictable. We got into a habit of telling him to go poop any time he had been quiet for more than 30 seconds.
Adalyn (2 years old) was reading a book on the couch when Landon (10 months) came up and started to paw the pages. She promptly pushed him down, which I responded to by putting her in time out.
After time out, we talked about how it is not nice to push people and that she needed to apologize to her baby brother, to which she obliged.
Five minutes later, she was back up on the couch reading her books when Landon came up and started pawing at the pages again. In the sweetest, pretty-please-with-a-cherry-on-top voice she looked up and asked “I push Landon down now please?”
Last night, our two older kids started to play fight and wrestle on the ground. Mostly it was Adalyn doing some sort of belly flop on Ben, but regardless it was the first time they have ever played like this, so recorded it was.
What follows is 5 minutes of HD cute overload that will mostly just be appreciated by my wife and I.
Second sidenote – the built-in youtube uploader only uploads at 720p resolution, even though the iPhone shoots in 1080p resolution. It used to be that you had to wait to get to a computer to upload at full resolution. With iOS 6, Safari now supports browse to upload functionality. So now you can go to youtube.com in Safari, click “Desktop Version” at the bottom of the page and click upload. Clicking “Select files from your computer”, will open a prompt to your camera roll where you can select videos and they will upload at full 1080p resolution.
Landon has been with us for 4 months now and his personality is really starting to shine through. He loves to interact and engage with people. Neither of our other kids were this relational at this age and it is so cool to watch people fall in love with him as he grins from ear to ear, drool running down his chin and eyes sparkling when he meets somebody new. He is also starting to want nothing to do with sleep. Probably because he’d rather stare at my wife’s pretty face.
Thanks to the magic of EXIF, I was able to grab a few pictures of the other kids at this age.
I remember when our first, Ben, was just a baby spitting up on himself. We’d rush to get him a new shirt so he wouldn’t have to wear that spit-up for one second longer. Tonight after changing Landon’s (our third) diaper and getting an open-air surprise, I caught myself yelling across the house to my wife.