I’ve been thinking about Clay lately. He is 10 months old. That’s almost one year! He doesn’t talk and say funny things for me to report (yet!), but he has his own personality, and I want to record some of the things that make Clay Clay.
Clay has always been a good laugher. He started laughing early and heartily – maybe two months old. He responds to tickling, pat-a-cake, kisses in the swing, funny noises, and “boo!” He always has a big, open-mouthed smile.
Clay takes things in stride. Miles likes to knock him over when he’s sitting or standing, or yank his pacifier out of his mouth (isn’t that what the little handle is for?), and Clay mostly doesn’t complain.
Anytime Clay and Miles are in the back yard together, I know the hose will get turned on (by Miles) and Clay will get sprayed (again, by Miles). And Clay puts up with it! I guess he thinks that’s just the way things are.
Clay really likes Miles, and he watches him attentively. He loves to wake up Miles from his nap by crawling on him and laying on his head, which usually produces a shove and a “Clay don’t!”
Clay hates getting his diaper changed and screams every time. He will arch his back and roll over unless I lay him on the floor and pin him down with my leg. He doesn’t like being buckled in his car seat, but he loves standing up to play in it. He doesn’t much like shoes but has gotten used to some very soft leather slippers.
Clay will sit with his back at a wall or loosely-closed door and repeatedly bump his head against the wood. He likes to put the knob on Miles’ tow truck in his mouth and crawl around with the rest of the toy hanging out his mouth from the tow cable. He likes to dig in and eat the dirt from Alvin’s big coffee tree. He puts his toy cell phone next to his ear, even though he seems too young to have figured that out. He loves frozen peas and carrots, he prefers Kix over Cheerios, and he likes to pretend bananas are soap. Today he shared his pacifier with me. How sweet.
Here's to you, Clay! Thanks for joining our family and bringing such contagious smiles.