Wednesday, March 12, 2008


I wish I could adequately describe the absolute sweetheart that Israel is. He is SO. PRECIOUS. He is still in that innocent, beaming, toddling stage that just makes your heart swell with adoration and want to squeeze him tight tight tight and plant kisses all over his chubby cheeks as he giggles helplessly. I saw a phrase the other day "chubby bumblebee" that immediately made me think of Israel. He toddles around with that wide legged stance, diaper rustling, mop of hair rumpled on his head, catching your eye and breaking into a HUGE toothy grin, making his happy "tssss, ttssssss" sounds that indicate pure enjoyment of life, or "nnn-tsss, nnn-tssss" that indicates he wants something.

He understands more words than he uses. He uses gestures and needy sounds more than words still. He knows when we are talking about "outside" or "shoes". He loves to go outside with Gabe, and can hardly contain the overwhelming joy he feels to be outside playing with his brother. He also loves to walk around in Gabe's shoes, or any shoes for that matter, but clearly communicates his frustration when he is DONE.

He is a great sleeper. He is very reliant on his sleep, and takes a 3 hour nap in the afternoon, and then is good and ready for bed at about 8:30 PM. He usually sleeps through the night, and wakes up around 7:30 or 8:00 AM. One thing he has been so cute on lately is when we are in his room and he is tired, he heads right over to the crib, his left forefinger pops right into his mouth as his rightt hand reaches in to clutch his blankets, and he leans against the rails tiredly, sucking away on his finger, shadows deepening under his eyes.
He LOVES his bed, and sometimes he asks to lay down just for a rest.
He is very responsive to "No"'s. The other day I was sitting on a chair in the living room, not even aware that Israel was venturing into territory that he shouldn't be in, until I noticed his unusual stillness out of the corner of my eye, and looked his way to find him gazing at me, big-eyed, one arm tentatively reaching towards the off-limits item, not going all the way, just waiting for the "no". When he hears a "no", he sometimes collapses on the floor in frustrated tears, but generally does not need many more reminders. A "no" from Mommy, followed by a stern "no" from Daddy is almost too much for his little heart to take, and his lip starts quivering and he will just cry and cry. I don't remember Gabe ever being that responsive to verbal admonition.

He loves to play with his brother, who alternates between wanting to play with him, and not wanting to share his items. He loves to copy whatever Gabe is doing, even if it is too dangerous for his Mommy's liking.

We love him to pieces, that kid. What would life be like without him? He is a blessing, a joy and a delight.


Lynette Polinder said...

thanks for sharing updates about the boys. I'm looking forward to seeing you guys soon!!!! Love you!

Carolyn said...

Sleep Helps Strengthen Your Immune System
During deep sleep , our body release potent immune-enhancing substances that strengthen your immune system function. By not allowing our body sufficient rest, the immune system will sputter, and as a result, not function at full capacity. We then are more likely to become ill with common illnesses. A healthy, deep sleep allows our body to release a significant amount of growth hormone that boost the immune system and aids in the growth and repair of the body. Israel seems to know that without doing research. Hmm....

Kathy Beachy said...

too cute

Lynette Polinder said...

That was the weirdest comment by my mother that I have read in quite a while.

Carolyn said...

Okay, lynette, no fair making fun. I just thought it was significant that sleeping helps kids grow more healthy. What is wrong with that. israel is so cute!

heidi rhodes said...

he is so adorable! altho i do still think he looks like quentin =) i am so happy to read about him melting into tears at the word "no". i forgot all about this with blake and alexis has been doing this a loooot lately. i thought she was crying because of her teeth but now that i think of it it is always when we admonish her. hope they outgrow this soon =) oh and props to you for letting gabe play with flour on the floor. i can do cereal but flour and sugar under my feet give me the heebie geebies. i bet he had a great time with it!