Thursday, September 25, 2008

Opposites Attract





I have two great little boys. They really and truly bless our lives each day. However, it occurred to me the other day just how different these two little monsters (this is not a negative term, in our house, it is an honor to be a monster...trust me) really are.
  • Yesterday I took Jack to the doctor (again). Jack walked in, stepped on the scale, and even let Dr. Walters examine his flaming diaper rash with little to no tears. (He has perirectum strep and needs antibiotics...definitely TMI) If this were Bren at the same age (almost 2.5), it would have taken me, Bart, and a nurse or two to hold him down so the doctor could have a very quick look. Really...when Bren got pink eye at age 3, it took that many people (replace Bart with my dad, though) to hold Bren still long enough for the doctor to say, "Yep, it's pink eye".
  • Brennan loves chocolate milk. He has since the first time we allowed him to have a taste. He'll drink white milk, too, but for about a year, the only milk he'd drink was chocolate. Jack, on the other hand, will only drink white milk. Do not give him chocolate milk or he will cry as if you have betrayed him.
  • Jackson is a walking accident. I honestly don't know how we have not wound up in the E.R. yet. Brennan, on the other hand, did not even have a scrapped knee until he was 3.5 years old! Does that make Jack more daring? Yes, you better believe it does.
  • Brennan is a picky eater. We have been fighting (and winning!) this battle for about a year and a half, after I finally decided enough was enough. We still occasionally have to "force" him to eat five bites of each food on his plate, but he is getting better about it. Jackson, on the other hand, devours his entire plate and will often eat whatever is left on Brennan's as well.
Even though they are so different (I mean, look at them...Brennan has blue eyes where Jack has brown...how could you be more different?), they are so alike, too. They both love each other, and their parents, with a fierceness. They watch out for each other and play together and help each other out. They love to play games with Mommy or Daddy and they both LOVE to watch DVD's of home videos. These two are perfect for each other. When Brennan started school, Jackson was so sad that he just sat around, looking kind of lost, for days. Now Jack asks to go get Bren as soon as he wakes up from his nap every day.

I'm so thankful they have each other. I hope when Fat Baby arrives, that the love will spread to include him as well. It will be interesting to see if they stay close as they grow up, or if they will drift apart, as sometimes happens in life. I know I've drifted from my brother, Jason, and that makes me so sad. I really would like to have a relationship with him, but I am just not sure how to go about that. He's so far away, and his life is so different then mine. Maybe one day I will figure out a way how to re-unite.


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Dawne said...

I miss my brother Sherman, a lot. He lives in Seattle with his wife and children, and has very little to do with his side of the family anymore. It's sad for me, because we were so close just a couple of years ago. Now it takes weeks to get a return call *sigh* I hope my boys stay close!

Maren said...

laurel and Brant are different in very similar ways! BTW, Brant had strep on his bum, too...poor kids!

Jenn said...

I love this post. It reminds me of my sisters and I when we were little. but boy does life sure happen though. We are well I don't think I need to explain anything to you about them. :) I too hope your boys remain this close. They are precious!

The letter 'M' said...

It's so interesting to me that these little spirits come to us with ready made personalities. Sometimes I look at Peyton and wonder at the things he does!

Your story about Jackson getting chocolate milk and feeling betrayed because it wasn't white milk made me laugh because we had a similar experience the other day with Peyton:

Troy and I never give Peyton juice. He's a water and milk boy only. Anyway, Peyton had a cold so Troy gave him a sip out of his glass of orange juice and it was that same look like 'What are you poisoning me with?!'. They sure know what they like amd don't like, that's for sure!

P.S. Don't wish away time to reconcile with your brother. Write a letter or an email or make a phone call but don't wait. If you feel that prompting, there could be a reason why- maybe Heavenly Father is prompting you. Time is the one thing we don't get back and just think how sad you would feel if something were to happen to him and you never got to tell him how you feel. Good luck.

Holly said...

That's so cute how they are so close. I can't wait until Eli is old enough to play with Kailey. She already asks to hold him all of the time. And the first time that Eli laughed out loud was at Kailey.