"So who are these amazingly-gorgeous kids," you might ask? Only my absolute favorite kiddos in the world... New baby Little Miss, my twin niece and nephew Ka-Diva and Buddy, and that adorable little guy in the middle... My Booger Bear!!! :-)
The past month and a half has been a whirlwind of happiness and excitement with Little Miss (and soon-to-be Itty Bitty) coming into my life. And just as exciting has been my newfound friendship with Booger's daddy (Kelly) and new mommy (Heaven). What started with me sending an out-of-the-blue email to Booger's daddy telling him that I had put together a baby book for them and Booger to have, and wishing Booger a happy 2nd birthday, quickly turned into us becoming FaceBook friends, FarmVille buddies, and now weekend playdate partners in crime.
I hadn't seen Booger Bear since the morning I took him to daycare the day of the final court hearing back in March. I look back now and realize that was probably best for both of us. The first time I got to see him was a total surprise. Heaven and Kelly are expecting a baby girl next year, and they had a bunch of 12-18 month little girl clothes that they had received from family that they thought I might be able to use for Little Miss (just goes to show how thoughtful these kids are :). When they came by to drop them off, I opened the door to see all three of them!
Booger Bear came in like he owned the place. You could tell that he thought that he should know who I was, but that he couldn't quite place me. He was insanely jealous of Little Miss (who was in my lap the whole time), and he wasn't really sure why. :-) He sat there and talked to me for 20 minutes like we were best buddies. He's a smart little thing... Talking in full sentences and carrying on intelligent conversations... We talked about his animals, his love of lizzards, his girlfriend, and how he's glad he wears a diaper because his ferret bites his butt. :-)
The next weekend, Booger's baby book came in so I asked if the three of them would want to meet at the park to pick it up. I told them that I'd most likely have the twins with me, and they quickly suggested having a picnic with us and all of the kids. It was an awesome afternoon! The twins were really worried that Booger wouldn't remember them, but Heaven did a great job the night before putting together presents for the twins with Booger and talking all about them so he'd know their names. When they got to the park, Buddy and Ka-Diva asked, "Do you remember us Booger?" He just smiled really big and said, "Yeah!" That made them feel so good... And the fact that the three of them immediately picked up right where they left off was awesome!
Booger trying to get a smile out of Little Miss. She's a hard sell. :-)
Feeding the ducks (although Booger was feeding himself more than the ducks)
My little stairsteps... Deep in thought (and nose-picking)
Buddy and Little Miss are already crazy about each other. If anyone can get a smile out of her, Buddy can!
Ka-Diva, the little babysitter (she takes her role as "big cousin, soon-to-be big sister" very seriously. She insisted on holding Booger's hand any time we walked anywhere, and she kept assuring Heaven and me that she wouldn't let him go anywhere dangerous. :-) You can also see that Little Miss is trying to get Buddy to pay attention to her. :-)
Just a good pic of Buddy...
Kissin' Cousins... :-)