BeanBean is an initiator-- he goes up to other kids and says, "Hi! My name's Eli. What's your name? Come with me, Kid'sname, I want to show you something..." and they actually follow him, more often than not.
ChibiChibi used to do the same thing, only the other kids would come to her and follow her, quietly, until she acknowledged them. As her cousins' mother put it, "They love her, she always has such great ideas..."
I too am jealous of the kids.
: I was always so lonely as a little kid, I didn't understand other children and I never felt like they understood me. BeanBean definately has more fun with other kids than Mike or I ever did.
ChibiChibi came back from the Seder with us last night, so I'll probably take the kids to the park this afternoon. Between Chibi and BeanBean, I know that BooBah will be safe. In a lot of ways, it's easier having four kids in the house than three.
Especially since the middle of my three is a runner.
I remember taking BeanBean to the park when BooBah was relatively new and other parents being very impressed, and I couldn't figure out why... after all, BooBah was still quite mini and slingable, and all that she needed in the world was under my shirt.
All I had to do was keep Bean inside the playground, and that wasn't too difficult. A few months later, when BooBah started walking, it was a lot more difficult to watch both kids at the park, but even then BeanBean was fairly cooperative (he grasped fairly early on that if he was not cooperative, I'd pack his buns back into the van and we'd all go home). With three, though... that's a different story. Mike can take both kids to the park and run them, but I'm still having a lot of pain and I don't trust myself to chase effectively.
Oh! I got Bella to nurse on my boob without excruciating pain!
She's now officially a nursling.
She's also nearly filling out the preemie sized clothing, in another two weeks I'll be able to put regular newborn sizes on her... not that I bought any of those either, you understand, but it's a major improvement to go from "under 5" to "under 7/8."
I'm so happy with the way that she's growing! At any rate, by starting out so much smaller, she has totally thrown things off for me. I'm not exactly sure what size she'll be when, but if she continues to grow at this rate, she'll probably be just getting out of a 0-3 around August/September.
: I have not yet had a winter baby in 3-6 month sized clothing; BeanBean was that size in the spring and BooBah was that size in the fall.
Somehow, I have managed to have a third off-season child.
How do I do it?!