Heidi is a wonderful sleeper who smiles and yammers on nearly non-stop for everyone around to hear. At bedtime, she lays in bed and "talks" to herself until she's in a deep slumber. She wants to be held facing out and wears a constant look on her face that exclaims, "Hello, world...I'm so happy to be here! Everything is wonderful!" She's content to lay on the floor by herself, sit in her swing, or swirl in her exer-saucer. Her legs are in a constant bicycle motion. I believe she's practicing for an audition for River Dance. She's long and lean. She's a little fairy firefly.
Some might say the difference is based on their ages or gender, or that one is breast fed and the other bottle fed. That one is being raised by a "village" and one has had a limited number of caregivers. I'm sure those things do play a part, but probably an even bigger piece comes down to the good ol' gene pool. Which makes me wonder...what one earth have we passed down to our sweet boy? What will he be like as he gets older? Will he be curious like his dad? Cautious like I am? Good at math? A reader? Outgoing? Shy? What will he struggle with? What will his not-so-strong points be?
My grandfather was executed in World War II by the Nazi's for helping political refugees escape from Czechoslovakia. He had been secretly sending notes to my grandmother while he was held in prison, and on the eve of his execution, he wrote one final note to his family. A part of that letter is now on a plaque commemorating his life which hangs outside the family home in Prague. He wrote, "May all that is good in me live on in you, and may all that is bad die with me tomorrow."
Isn't that every good parent's wish? I realize every day a little more just how much good I wish for Cooper...not a perfect life because I know that doesn't exist. But I wish for him to have a good attitude in the midst of adversity. Strong faith in the middle of doubt. Great love and compassion instead of anger and hatred. Peace in his soul in a world of chaos. I wish him good. And I hope we've passed down a few things to help him along.