Poor little Levi. I’ve been so bad at keeping up with his updates lately. Here he is, turning 3 in just a few days. We are at the end of *monthly* (as if) updates now that he is 3 but I still want to keep up with general updates from time to time.

Levi has had a great year being 2. He is such a fun kid (he’s also a lot like me! :D). Tru and Levi are both sensitive little hearts in their own way but Levi is the one who I have to be so careful with everything because he takes it to heart so deeply. For example: he’s been getting in our bed a lot at night. Usually at least once during the night. He comes in silently, doesn’t say a word, lays down for a few minutes and then goes back to his bed and back to sleep. He just needs the reassurance I think. Well, the other night he came in and it startled me in my sleep and I pushed him back from me before I realized that it was Levi in my bed. He jumped off the bed and ran to his room crying because he thought I didn’t want to hold him. 😥 And another time he got in my bed and I couldn’t sleep because he wouldn’t lay still. Finally I told him to go back to his room because I couldn’t sleep. It must have made him feel bad because in the morning he said “I was sorry I got in your bed, mommy.” Broke my heart! Levi always says “I sorry, mommy” if he thinks he’s hurt or offened me. It is precious and I love that he cares so much. I always make sure I let him know that it’s ok and that I love him. He tells me “Mommy, I love you” all the time, especially when we are driving places.

Somehow he bit his lip really bad recently. I don’t know how it happened but it looked awful. It became infected and he kept making it worse by not letting it heal. I needed him to not touch it at all so I told him I would buy him a big candy bar and he could have the whole thing all to himself if he didn’t bite his lip and just let it heal. He was really excited about that and we looked at candy bars online and he picked which one he wanted. I know that it must have taken so much self control for such a young little boy but every morning he would show me his lip and ask if it was better and he could get his candy bar yet. His lip is completely better now so I gave him his candy bar this evening. He was so excited! He said thank you of course (he’s also a polite kid – usually) and I said you’re welcome. Then he said “You’re welome too, mommy, that I stopped biting my lip.” Adorable!!

Levi is still quite the talker. He loves to ask me questions (though we have finally moved out of the constant “why” phase) and talk things through. I love our conversations together. Our current favorite thing to do together is color. Sometimes we share a book and each color a page and sometimes we have seperate books. Either way, we praise eachother’s coloring abilities and share crayons and talk about our pictures. It’s such a fun time together and I try to make time to do that as often as I can. His coloring has gotten so good lately. He’s not entirely in the lines yet, of course, but he is much more careful now rather than just scribbling everywhere. It’s been fun watching his skills improve.

Levi likes doing little projects with me and helping. He is really good at cleaning his room. He knows where all the items go: books on shelf, toys in basket, stuffed animals in another basket, battery toys on the shelf in the living room. I think that’s impressive for a 2 year old (yes, he’s turning 3 but he’s been doing this for months now). If the kids have gotten out other toys that have their own tubs, Levi is good at sorting those things out and putting them in their proper places. In fact, I joke that Tru and Levi are better at cleaning up the bedroom and living room than DH is. Except it’s not a joke. Because they actually are. 😛

Levi also likes to bring me items from the fridge while I’m cooking. It’s a little precarious seeing a toddler with a box of eggs, but, he’s learning and having good bonding time with me so…. 🙂 He helps with the laundry too. He pulls everything from the dryer into a basket and then pushes the basket to the family room. Then I put the wet clothes on the dryer door and he pushes them in. Then he grabs the towels and wash clothes and folds them to the best of his adorable ability. Tru does this stuff too but Levi is the one usually begging to do it. He does a lot of little chores without me even thinking to ask him to. I think he just watches me so much and wants to do what everyone else is doing. Like when I empty the diaper genie, Levi wants to take the bag of diapers outside. I could go on and on about all the little chores he does. Of course it’s all fun and games right now. 😉

One thing Levi can never get enough of is snuggles. He is the snuggliest little person ever. He wants to sit in my lap all the time and I feel bad that sometimes I have to say not right now. But as much as I can, I hold him or at least let him sit by me. He has started asking again to hold my hair. It’s like a security thing for him so I bear it as long as I can. 🙂

Levi is also a very thoughtful little boy. When DH isn’t with us and we are enjoying a treat, Levi is always the one to suggest that we should save some for Daddy. Just today we had hotdogs for lunch. We don’t have them very often and you know how kids love hotdogs! (me too!) So Levi wanted to make sure Daddy woud get to have one. DH appreciates that Levi is always thinking of him and he makes a big deal out of how happy he is that Levi saved him something. When my MIL brought the boys candy for Valentine’s, Levi spent almost the entire day – including naptime – carrying around a little crabby pattie gummy that he was saving for Daddy. He said “I’m going to save this for Daddy cause it’s his favorite.” I couldn’t believe the self control it must have taken for him to carry that around all day and never open it! So incredibly precious!

Dear God, thank You so much for this precious and beautiful little boy. I am amazed at his sensitive and thoughtful spirit and I am blessed to know his love and devotion. Raising him is a tremendous blessing in my life and I pray that I will always raise him according to Your will and with love and gentleness. Please watch over and protect Levi as he continues to branch out into the world around him as he learns and grows. Please keep him healthy and safe. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

The boys love playing with these cars that were DH’s when he was a boy.

My little cowboy ❤

Playing guitar with DH

Brotherly love

Snuggles with his puppy

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