When your children make you cry “Uncle”

This is what I am going to call a prelude post. As in….this one is setting up the next one. I actually wrote this post a hair over four years ago about Bennett. Oh my Benny Boy! I will be sharing what I have learned from this extremely refining child now that he is almost six but this post really gives the best microcosm into life with Bennett and frankly I was dying laughing reading back over life with him at 21 months old and how far we have come in some regards and NOT A STINKING INCH in other aspects. Please enjoy a little walk down memory lane from our families resident thespian, Bennett Wade. You will know where my next post is going to go after this and you will probably be picturing one of your children who also holds the emotional temperature in your house.

February 2010

I love my son, I really really do. I could positively sop him up with a biscuit most days. He is so stinking sweet and handsome. From his little round hippo teeth/gap to his adorable smiley eyes. He is full of life and full of passion. HE LOVES to laugh, he LOVES to climb, he LOVES to move 24-7. He does NOT like when you tell him “no”, he does NOT like when you take something away from him, he does NOT like when you don’t give him his way 24-7. There is no guessing Bennett’s mood. Subtlety is not his strong point. Ryan and I joke that he is a special kind of jerk (sorry, we call em like we see em in our family) when the world does not revolve around him. He is a hitter and a thrower and shows an amazing array of emotions. There are days when I want to put a red bow on his head and put him on the curb….but those moments pass quickly and he is back to his affectionate, sweet self. He is a virtual pendulum.

“Recently”, as in about 5 months straight, ALL of Bennett’s teeth have been coming in, including four molars in three weeks. Only parents can appreciate the gravity of the situation. We never had a clue when Chloe got teeth, she was such a chill baby. With Bennett, we as a family, have felt the grief of every millimeter of movement in his mouth. This unending pain has driven Bennett, not to drink, but to his beloved paci (pacifier for the layman) and blankie. Bad timing when he is also learning to talk.

I have been trying so hard to keep the paci tucked away for as much of the day as possible, but there are some days I can’t bear the whining and the begging. Today was one of those days. Unlike a nice, compassionate mother who would heed to his cry for relief and soothing, I pulled the camera out. Join me on the journey will you?

This is Bennett “Shakespeare” Portnoy, what a looker.

The art of crying, by Bennett

This is Bennett happy, putting out the vibe while organizing his cars. So happy, carefree, what could be wrong?

The art of crying, by Bennett

But wait…Bennett just remembered he hasn’t cried in the last five minutes.
The art of crying, by Bennett

But “Curious George” is on and he would have to break away to do his full on tantrum for his paci. Bennett is rocking his “grouper mouth” as Ryan calls it. I am sure you think we are horrible parents for all our nicknames. We do it behind their backs so it is okay. (wink!)
The art of crying, by Bennett

Yup it is worth missing George, my teeth hurt. “PAHHHHHHCI over dere” ( I would like it to be known he was sitting on my legs and I was laying on my back holding the camera up in the air hoping I was in focus….jackpot!)
The art of crying, by Bennett

“PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE!”
The art of crying, by Bennett

“PAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!”
The art of crying, by Bennett

“Over DERE!!!!!”
The art of crying, by Bennett

“MAMA (whimpering begins)”
The art of crying, by Bennett

Wait for it

Wait for it

Wait for it

There it is

The art of crying, by Bennett

and here come the real tears
The art of crying, by Bennett

Before you send hate mail, I did put the camera down and give him his paci…but these gems are priceless to look back on! I mean if you knew how many times a day this little routine played out you would actually feel sorry for me.

On a lighter note I do think I should get an award for creating the most ghetto craft ever! Chloe asked if she could be a unicorn like her favorite stuffed animal. Unicorn…right….okay…..construction paper, tape, scissors, how hard can it be?

The art of crying, by Bennett

Kids will wear ANYTHING!!! I could not stop laughing at them and they loved it! I would also like you to know that the elastic on their heads was cut from the fetal monitor straps I kept after labor thinking “This is good elastic, I should keep this.” I consider it tipping my hat to the earth today and living green. HAHA…man I am the farthest thing from green but I did laugh at my “recycling” today.

The art of crying, by Bennett

At least one kid was in a good mood today.

The art of crying, by Bennett

The art of crying, by Bennett

What a goob…love her!

The art of crying, by Bennett

There you go…that is the art of crying by Bennett! Hope you enjoyed spending the morning with us. If you see Bennett sitting on the curb with a bow on his head, now you know what you are getting in to!

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6 Comments on When your children make you cry “Uncle”

  1. Jessica
    March 13, 2014 at 2:24 pm (5 years ago)

    Sounds like your Bennett and my Carver are twins separated at birth!

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  2. Christina / Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe
    March 15, 2014 at 11:21 am (5 years ago)

    1. I loved this post. 2. There’s no shame in relentless nicknames and giggling at your child’s misfortunes (as long as it’s all in good fun, which it clearly is). 3. Too funny with the unicorns!!!

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  3. Brooke
    March 15, 2014 at 2:20 pm (5 years ago)

    I officially am waiting with breathless and somewhat desperate anticipation for your follow up post in which you share what you’ve learned from your Bennett in the four years since you wrote this post. Because my own Bennett (my daughter hazel) is the age Bennett was when those pictures were taken and they are way too familiar to our everyday reality. I try to imagine what she’ll be like at age 6…. Do tell!?! Thanks for sharing so candidly, Kelly.

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  4. chrissy
    March 18, 2014 at 8:30 am (5 years ago)

    you. are. living. my. life. jane may not be teething but she is the…how did you put it…emotional temperature. HAAAAA! i love this. i can’t wait to hear more! write the next post! do it! xo, paws & claws

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  5. chrissy
    March 18, 2014 at 8:31 am (5 years ago)

    ps: i totally remember the pictures of that crafting day! i laughed then and laughed again today!! ok. i’m done.

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  6. Kendra
    April 3, 2014 at 9:22 am (5 years ago)

    This is so great. You guys are amazing parents and I’m laughing so hard over the unicorn craft and the recycled elastic. I think this is the type of parents that my husband and I will be when the Lord blesses us with children here on earth. I can hardly wait for all the nicknaming and crafting!

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