Christopher was the missing piece to that picture of normal in our household. He evened out our family as Michael and I were now the parents of two girls and two boys, a quite perfect combination for us.
The girls adjusted to the new baby with little effort, they are after all, little "mama's" themselves. Dean took a little more persuasion but it didn't take long for them to all accept their roles in our growing family. For the most part, Christopher did the things all babies do.... eat, sleep, poop, and occasionally cry. But gradually his personality began to shine through.
He was the easiest of all three of my infants. He slept in his own bed, made his own schedule, and slept through the night by 6 weeks. He was all in all, a great baby. He watched and observed his brother and sisters, you could tell he was paying special attention, learning and scheming. He was (and still is) always smiling and very friendly. He is his own person, not quite like his siblings.
The first 8 months of his life, he stayed where he was put. He played with what was near him.
He was just a sweet little blob of fuzzy headed baby.
Then he became mobile.
And the Gaffner house was never the same again.
It sounds ominous but it's true. The first few months of observation proved to be all that he needed to become the most rambunctious, daring, and independent of the four children. Christopher has scared me more times than all the other kids combined with his dangerous dives and skillful climbing abilities. But how can you resist those big baby blues. Don't you know there's no use trying to punish or discipline the baby!
For now, at least.
At some point I may have to learn to discipline him!
However, at this moment in time he is milking the whole "baby thing" for all its worth. And I must say, he plays his part in this family very well. He has us all wrapped around his little finger. And has his mobility and verbal skills increase, it becomes more and more evident that Christopher is unique and in our family, unique is good.
And just in case anyone asks.... these are some of Christopher's favorite things:
- food (of any kind of variation)
- baby soft fleece blankets
- playing with his brother
- screaming at his mother
- going "OUT"
- being cute
And that is a Christopher spotlight (with far too many pictures... but I am sure you don't mind).