I can't help but look at this picture and smile. I sure do love my Kaige. He is such a good son, and wonderful big brother. We strive to be consistent with him in rules and routines and it has paid off. When he frustrates us, we have to remind ourselves how wonderful, great and easy he really is. It could be way worse, and we definitely have a good kid on our hands. Now that I'm not pregnant and not working, I can spend so much more time with him. He is so eager to learn and keeping me on my toes. Right now he really likes to help, so I have to teach myself patience as I teach him how to help. Not the easiest of tasks, but it's been great.
He loves doing laundry. He has learned to fold things and is especially awesome at folding the diaper pads, washcloths and anything else square he can get his hands on. Anything else he folds ends up rolled and smooched on top of each other. He is really great at moving clothes from the washer to the dryer and then from the dryer to the basket to be folded. He really likes to close the appliance doors and start each load.
Anytime I am in the kitchen and he thinks I am cooking he runs in and declares that he wants to help. He pushes a chair up and eagerly gets busy. As I try to let him measure, mix, cut, sprinkle and anything else I can come up with to help I often get distracted and realized I missed a key ingredient or step. Oops, it's made with love so that makes up for it, right?
Kaige loves to help his daddy in the yard. Josh has been great at making Kaige excited to help. It's especially fun for him to pick weeds. Not sure how long that will last, but we will make use of it while we can.
Kaige is a fabulous big brother. We don't let him help with Cassidy nearly as much as he would like. He is a great helper and has figured out how to sneak some service in. He washes as much of her in the bathtub until I take over, he sings to her, cuddles her, reads to her, and the other day he came to me with a poopy diaper in hand. He often wipes and assists in the diaper changing, but he decided he was ready to do it all on his own. He didn't make too much of a mess....this time!
This kid is teaching me how to be a better mom, and I struggle daily not to fail. I am thankful for his lessons he is teaching me and I pray that this wonderful servants heart will always burn strong.