Oh my word - EMOTIONAL! This kid will melt down at the drop of a hat. He's not sensitive, just very emotive. Just in the last month we've seen a few drop to the floor tantrums. Those are a first for me because Joey never did that even once. He's warming up to the new baby as best as he can, but i think there's a bit of a protest going on inside his itty bitty heart. Been trying to find time for moments with just him, reading books or playing catch w/ the football (his favorite) but it's hard to balance it all. Thankfully he has his brother to spend most of his day playing (fighting) with.
The way to his heart might have to be through his stomach, for the time being anyway. After i broke his heart again by taking him out of Joey's preschool class to go home, I excitedly tell him we can have a snack in the car and i'll race him there. Tears dry up as instantaneously as they appear and we're off and running- as best we can anyway while holding hands and carrying an infant car seat. In the van, i give him the whole box of cheezits to hold all by himself and i'm back to being his favorite person in the whole wide world. I'm guilty of using this tactic another time too as i lure him with the mention of a brownie at home that we won't tell his brother about.
I would love to stop at a playground or take him somewhere where he can learn and experience new things, but we need to go home to feed the baby AGAIN. I remember the guilt when Ian was born feeling like i was short-changing Joey, and now we're back in a familiar situation. I know it's good for them in the long run to have these brothers for a lifetime though so i'll get over it.
Despite his tough exterior, Ian can be sooooo sweet, I think mostly due to those big brown beautiful eyes of his. He can give you a look that will melt your heart. Some fun things about him now- he likes to say he's Batman and do his own interpretation of the theme song as he loudly thumps through the house. All his answers to questions now are either "Ummmm YEA" or "Nope". Has always been into accessories and if there's a hat or pair of shoes or anything that looks like it could be worn somehow, he will try it on. Yesterday he figured out how to put my sleep eye mask on his head, velcro it under his chin and was calling it his helmet. This was after joey told me Ian was trying to wear it as a bra. His favorite to put on though are his boots. Most the time they're on backwards, but it's one less thing i need to to do to get out of the house so i think it's great. He also insists on putting on his own pants now, and often you can find him walking around with a pair of joey's underwear over them. After a bath recently, he came across a pile of clean clothes, put on a pair of my pink undies, and was running up and down the hall. I promise not to tell his future girlfriend. ;O
One thing's for sure, he's an original, no doubt about that.