Sunday, March 29, 2009


Okay, now that I have gotten the post about Stellan out of my system I can write about my boys.

I have been thinking a lot lately about how different these two are, regardless of how similar they look. I always new they would be different, that Brooks was not just a mini Conner, but seeing it played out in actuality is quite amazing. In general I have just been thinking about the wonderful gift that they both are and marveling in their uniqueness.

Conner is a whirlwind of emotion, life is lived for ever single moment. I really don't think there is much that gets past this kid. When he was a baby we used to teasingly tell people to not do anything around Conner, regardless of if he was turned away, that they didn't want him doing. Like removing screws from the back of a toy with a screwdriver or making the dvd player work, because he would absorb the knowledge through osmosis I tell you. There is not a mechanical thing out there that this guy can not figure out, something that has not changed since he figured out how to move his hands when he was a baby.

Conner most easily connects with people through music, he LOVES music, plays any instrument he can get his hands on, and plays them well. Although he has speech delays, he has always been a relatively quiet person. I say relatively because he definitely has his moments of loudness, but he was never been much of a babbler and still only talks when he feels like it, which sometimes can be a lot, and other times barely at all.

Brooks on the other hand is quite vocal. He is my babbler and where as Conner was barely saying mama and dada at 13 months, Brooks says those along with hi and up. I think he is also saying water or drink, but its debatable. The biggest difference between these two is how orally fixated Brooks is. Although he is quick to learn what he doesn't like in his mouth (sand!), I think he has decided that over all life was meant to experience through his mouth ( a very common baby stage, but Conner never really went through it). This kid eats EVERYTHING, including dirt. Which you probably already knew since its always around his mouth.

He is such a sweet boy who loves his big brother to pieces. His favorite time of the day (besides any time that involves food) is putting Conner down for his nap. The roll around and wrestle in Conner's bed, giggling and snorting as if they can't get enough of each other. He is usually trying to launch out of my arms towards his brother as I take him out of the room and close the door.

These two boys bring so much joy to my life. They are a constant reminder of the man I love so dearly and of how great and unconditional love is. I am so proud of the small leaps and bounds Conner has made in his speech since moving here. Being able to have my three year old tell me what is hurting him and why is amazing and brings tears to my eyes. The power of speech is an amazing and freeing thing. Thank you Lord for the grace of that in Conner's life. May you continue to open up the pathways of speech for him and direct me in your wisdom on how to best nurture him in that area. May I be your tool in this as he continues to finds his voice. Amen
Oh and Lord would you help Brooks sleep?


Ken, Trina, Gideon, & Ladybug Maia Sutherland said...

Again, Thanks for sharing your insights of Conner and Brooks! What precious sons you truly have, Meag! God has blessed you tremendously! I can't wait to see the differences in Gideon and Maia more. Other than the obvious, it appears that Maia is going to be a bit more stubborn and opinionated, but with a happy heart all the while. We shall see! What fun to experience the journey with them!