Laine at 4
January 15th is “Laine Day.” Our little Train is quite the character. Born the smallest of the three boys (2 pounds, 4 ounces) he has never acted like the smallest. He was usually the first to start achieving physical goals (rolling, crawling, walking, etc.) despite his lifelong battle with respiratory issues. He still gets wheezy when he gets fired up and playing too hard, but he usually won’t slow down.
Laine loves people that he knows, but is probably the most stranger-shy. Whenever we get around large groups of kids or people, he usually sticks pretty close to his family. One of his new favorite sayings is, “I’m pretty shy.” (So he obviously likes the attention he gets for this trait, which makes me wonder how shy he really is). He does love being around his brothers, sister, uncles, aunts, cousins…and especially “his Grammy.” Grammy (my mom) is his favorite person in the world…other than Mommy or Daddy.
Laine also seems to have a great sense of humor. He laughs at funny parts of movies, he laughs at goofy things his brothers and sister do, and he just seems to like to laugh. I remember hearing one time, the youngest of families tend to be the clowns. While I don’t think he necessarily tries to make people laugh, he seems to recognize when people are trying to be funny and enjoys it.
Laine definitely, like ALL four-year-olds, has some bad traits. One of his characteristics, his perceived maturity, is a good and bad thing. Despite being the youngest, Laine sees himself as the boss of everyone. He can get mouthy sometimes, because he thinks he knows what is best.
To hear Laine try to explain why things work they do is hilarious. He will go into deep explanations about clouds, and “the shocking thing”, lights, whatever he thinks is needing explanation. When the kids wake up in the mornings, Laine will go into dissertations about the ways of the world to his brothers and sister. He is sure that he is right and his convictions are strong:)
Laine on his birthday (sometimes I forget about the CPAP)
Laine at 1
Laine at 2
Laine at 3
Laine, you are a sweet boy. Your teacher says that you like to be in leadership roles, and I am confident that you will use this leadership ability in good ways. When you are in a good mood, you are so fun to be around. We love you and are so proud of you.
Daddy and Mommy