Saturday, May 22, 2010

Top 10 Reasons

Assuming that my child's characteristics and personality traits don't change much between now and forever (and I don't mean the things that make him a three year old, but rather the things that make him Caleb), here are the top 10 reasons Caleb will make a great husband one day:

1. He appreciates the little things and is generous in his praise.
* Today, we made cupcakes. After they were baked and cooled, I frosted them while Caleb added the sprinkles. When I handed him a new cupcake to sprinkle, he said to me, "Thanks. You're the best."
* One time, not too long ago, I wiped him up after he used the toilet and he said to me, "You're a superhero." I asked him why and he said because I had wiped him and that made me a superhero.
* Yesterday (or since it's after midnight, Thursday), I told him dinner was ready and then paused his movie. I expected him to get upset that I had turned his movie off, but instead he said, "Thanks for pausing my movie for me" and came straight to the dinner table.

2. When he eats dinner, he overly emphasizes how delicious the meal is.
* He makes lots of "mmmm" noises while he eats, as if it's just too good to keep quiet about it. And he'll rub his belly too, cuz the food is just that good.
* On the nights that he doesn't want to eat something, he'll tell me, "It's too yummy for me."

3. He notices when I do something different to my appearance and makes sure to comment.
* I took off my toenail polish today while he happened to not be in the room. Later, he was sitting in my lap and saw my feet and immediately asked me what had happened to my feet -- they weren't painted anymore.

4. He loves to help me do anything and everything, including chores. Wherever I am, whatever I'm doing, he's always right by my side trying to help. He even volunteers to wash the dishes for me when I'm not washing them.

5. He's really patient and calm, most of the time (though sometimes he remembers he's three).
* On multiple occasions, when he's playing with his friend Naomi and she gets upset about something, I've heard him say calmly, "That's okay Naomi" instead of getting upset too.
* He's also great at sharing toys with her if it's something she wants (though sometimes he does remember he's three, but for the most part, I'm amazed at how well he plays with her)

6. He's the first to defend the person he loves
* I can't even tell you the numerous times he's stood up for me. He gets so angry if anyone is mean to me, or does something to me that I don't like. He even yells at our dog for licking me because I can't stand it when the dog licks me.
* Wednesday we went to Naomi's house to play and there was another little boy there. Caleb got so angry at the other boy so many times because the other boy was bothering Naomi. If the other boy took a toy from Naomi, Caleb would take it from him and then hand it back to Naomi. Not that she can't stick up for herself, but that's just who Caleb is.

7. He can tell when a person is sad and will do whatever he can to cheer you up.
* A few days ago I was having a sad day. It was just a sad, sad day for no reason at all. Caleb looked at my face as I was about to break into tears and asked me what was wrong. I told him I was sad. He told me he would make me happy. I asked how he was going to do that. He said, "Well, I can hug you."

8. He's believes anything can be fixed.
* If something is broken, it's okay because, "We can fix it." He'll run to get his tools. And if that doesn't work, he's fully confident that either Mommy or Daddy can fix it for him.

9. He's an expert at expressing love
* The other day, I told him I loved him, so he told me back, then added, "You're perfect for me."
* He tells me multiple times a week that I'm beautiful or cute.
* Not a day goes by that he doesn't tell me he loves me.

10. The reason I love this boy so much -- he loves me even when I'm mad at him
* I can yell and scream at that kid and instead of hating me for it, he'll open up his arms and tell me he's sorry and that he just wants to hold me.

This started out as a post of the top three reasons, but then I just kept thinking of more. He's just such a wonderful child. "People" say two year olds are hard, but Caleb never was. "People" who agree that two isn't so bad, say three is really the awful year. Well, Caleb's only been three for two months now, but he's honestly the best kid in the world. He's so full of love and so easy to love in return. Sure, we fight every day now that it's just the two of us at home, but we also love each other immensely.


Patti said...

I was pleased to see that the list had grown to 10 since talking to you yesterday. Yes, you have a special little boy there. I'm glad you're realizing it now instead of many years from now in retrospect.
However, you could have warned me I would need a tissue when reading this!
I love you both!

Becky said...

This is a beautiful post! You sure do have a wonderful little boy there, he sounds perfect!!

Abigail said...

He is definately an awesome little boy!