When my husband Pete and I got pregnant with our first son Chase, we were so excited to see what he would be like. Who would he look like and who’s traits would he posses? The same went for our next two pregnancies which turned out to be daughters.
Chase, our 5 1/2 year old has my curly hair and Pete’s brains and loves making people laugh….just like both of us. He takes a while to warm up in social situations, like his father and enjoys routine like his mother. He has his father’s athletic abilities and his mother’s need for approval. He is the child who has had bagels and cream cheese for lunch 95 out of 100 days of school and just this morning laid his outfit out for tomorrow’s school day. He is the perfect combination of both of us.
Reese, our 3 1/2 year old has Pete’s lanky body and my ears. She laughs at all her own jokes like her mother and the same slow to warm up attitude as her brother and father. She loves singing like me and eating chocolate and candy like Pete. She is the child who asked me if “I remembered to bring the hairdryer” before going in a pool on a recent vacation and who asks around noon each day days if it is “good morning time” or “night time.”
Lane, our 2 year old has my nose and Pete’s eyes. She is impatient like her mother and giving like her father. She is probably the biggest ham out of all of our children, like me, and the most organized, like her father. She is the child who only lets us read a couple pages of a book before ripping it out of our hand to go on to the next one and who will only eat smoothies, crackers and bananas with almond butter on them.
Watching their little personalities develop over the years has to be one of the greatest things about being a parent. They are all so different in so many ways, just like my husband and I are. When I look at each of them I know that I picked the right partner. If it wasn’t for him, there would be no them… and without them there would be no me.