My boys are getting closer by the day lately. As Damien grows up, it’s clear that Aiden is enjoying his role of big brother even more. Damien is able to play some things with him now (trains, cars, etc), they read together, but their favourite times are spent just roughhousing or going crazy making faces and sounds together. Damien now will launch himself at Aiden for hugs and kisses, which suits my cuddly Aiden just fine!
Every morning since Aiden was quite small, he has come to our room in the morning for some snuggles. When he was older, he looked at photos on a phone or later watched some short show or YouTube clips. It afforded us a way to wake up in the morning! Now Damien comes to our room in the morning too and is more than happy to snuggle with me, but not so much with anyone else. We don’t use electronics in the morning anymore, but they have a bucket of toys they play with and, if both are awake at the same time, they roughhouse, tickle, or just play silly games. Aiden is finally getting the cuddles he’s always wanted from Damien, though still he would want more!
Just this week, Aiden got to hold Damien for the first time. Damien is not really a lap kid, and Aiden wasn’t interested in holding Damien when he was very small, so this was a big moment. The two sat together while they were pulled around on little scooter boards at StrongStart – and Aiden was so proud!
My boys have a wonderful relationship together most of the time. Damien loves his brother in a way that I can’t even describe – his biggest laughs are always for Aiden. Aiden loves to cuddle Damien, perhaps more than Damien would prefer. This photo – it captures their bond more than any before. I have it saved as my phone screensaver now. So precious.
We tried a cake smash with Aiden and it wasn’t much of a success. He hated being dirty. Despite the fact that both our boys were very similar infants, their personalities have diverged quite a lot since then. Damien and dirt? NO problem. The kid loves to be dirty. He goes crazy in sand and is more than happy to squish banana or avocado and wipe it all over himself. While this makes our mealtimes way more messy, it also made the cake smash way more fun!
What’s this now?
Let me just give this a try…
You’re really letting me eat this?
MUST EAT ALL THE ICING!
RIGHT ON, Yes!
Mission Eat the Icing: Complete
We met with Sarah again for some more wonderful family portraits this November. My goal was to get some family photos that we could frame on our wall, as soon as Damien could sit. Well, he began solidly sitting just a couple of days before our photoshoot!
Despite the fact that Aiden was less-than-cooperative during the shoot (he was very tired and very much a 3-year-old), Sarah managed to capture some beautiful moments with our family. We did the photoshoot down by the Shipbuilders Yard in North Vancouver, doing some outdoor shots in the sun and also some indoor shots, since I wanted some sweater-free poses of the boys for our wall. I can’t wait to see how they look framed!