For now, his audible communication consists mostly of crying, a series of whimpers, sucking noises, occasional hiccups, snoring, and bodily functions
|The next mascot for "Angry Grape Vineyards?"|
And, when he hits the "flip right the hell out " switch, his skin can take on the hew of a concord grape, with each of his capillaries visible.
|"You won't believe what I just did."|
When he's hungry or wants his diaper changed, he gets an angry, frustrated expression.
Life is pretty good right now.
He cries or otherwise fusses and he gets what he needs.
Bottle, blanket, tighter swaddling, clean diaper, pacifier? The world is your oyster my son and you don't even need a vocabulary. Process of elimination will see to it that, eventually, you get exactly what it is you're cute little heart desires.
And, while the crying is every bit as bad as advertised, I am in no rush to be done with this phase. (Mrs. Blackwell might disagree with this assessment as she deals with it more frequently than I.)
As mentioned above, the process of elimination means that, right now, we can meet each and every one of his needs
|"You will probably believe - and be totally dismayed -
by what I just did."
I am thinking specifically of sending him to daycare and to kindergarten. Places where other people can affect his disposition.
A bottle, a burp and a clean diaper soon won't fix everything and I know soon, I'll long for these days.
If crying and lost sleep is the price we pay for the simplicity of our current state it seems a fair trade. (Again, Mrs. Blackwell might disagree.)
Mrs. Blackwell and I talk frequently about how quickly this is all going by, about how much we'd like to freeze the present for just a bit longer.
Perhaps this self-awareness will lessen any future regret down the line that we took this time for granted or just didn't appreciate it enough. Who knows?
But for now, we're savoring the moments with our non-talking, burping, shrieking, grunting and