Individuality.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Once upon a time, we thought that Isaac was an easy baby and a comical toddler. He was very vocal and learned to use two word phrases early on, and that's when we started to realize we might be in more trouble than we realized.

And we have been, ever since.

Isaac is certainly his own person. Sometimes, I will catch him paying attention to the status quo or acting like he sees others doing, but most often he's out there bucking the trend.

I'm not going to lie, it can be absolutely exasperating. We've caught ourselves begging him to just behave, listen or play like other children his age. For shame, but we have. He's so certain in who he is, that we wish he could just conform a little bit. At 3 1/2 years old, we're trying to get him to conform! It definitely hasn't happened, but I'd be remiss if I didn't share that we've often hoped that he would.

It's in knowing these thoughts, that I want to share a picture Tony took at preschool. It immediately changed my perspective on just wishing Isaac could act a little bit more like everyone else.
 One of these bears is not like the others . . . Oh my Isaac Levi! Love your individuality. #toddlerart

Because why would I ever want my Isaac to ever lose a bit of him? The Isaac who chose not to do as everyone else, but insisted on coloring his teddy bear, you guessed it John Deere green.

He is my son. He is a product of our marriage, but he is his own person.

And I love him for it.

12 comments:

Blue-Eyed Bride said...

This made me cry. This age is so hard and we see more and more of them becoming less like us and more into their own person. We lose a little bit of control every single day. But these kids are unique and wow. Isaac already knows that he wants to be different. What a great kid! And what a great mama! Have a great weekend, Leah!

Joi said...

Aww, Leah. This was beautiful. You truly have a way with words. My husband reminds me of this daily when I say, "I wish Theron was an easy baby." He always reassures me that he is who he is and he's our baby. Thanks for another reminder to embrace that which we were given. xo

Emily said...

I love this! And from the mother of one trend bucker to another...might be some heartache and frustration now, but I know in the long run I'll appreciate that he doesn't follow others just because.

Jeannie said...

Love this post!! Beautiful. This age can be so frustrating at times because they are just starting to come into their own, but I really try and sit back and let him be. Be who he is becoming; even if it's a sensitive little man who is only comforted by his mothers arms.

Meredith said...

I love this Leah. You guys are doing such a great job with Isaac--I think I've said this before, but his sweet little self has you and Tony as parents for a reason, and I'm so glad.

Also, totally knew which one was his as soon as I saw the picture! Ha! That boy and his green!

Andrea said...

I like this. A lot! :)

Roxanne said...

Loved this! As a preschool teacher It is always the ones who are the free spirit who always seem to catch a special place in my heart. Maybe it's the little boy who likes to dress up in princesses dress or maybe it is the little girl who wants to color her apple purple instead of red, I mean who said apples had to be red? You will appreciate his individuality when he is that teenager in high school who doesn't follow what all of "those" kids are doing and instead is just Isaac.

Leslie G said...

I knew which one was his before I read your text. :) You know, I think that all parents beg and plead with their children to "just obey" and "just listen" at some point. More often then not, we see children other children in a perfectly behaved state (making it easy to wish our children were more behaved like them). Well, those kids have bad days too- where their parents are likely battling to get them to behave! I'll never forget a post by you on Facebook, awhile ago that said something like "we are raising a child, not managing an inconvenience." Those words have gotten me through a lot of 3 year old battles!

Rose said...

Yay, I love it. :o) Great post.

I have had the same feelings with Michael like why can't he just sit and play by himself or settle down when we are out and about? But he does things other kids can't like he is not shy at all and is always up for trying something new....it is so amazing to see the uniqueness in children.

Have you heard that saying that what kids are like when they are 2/3 is what they'll be like as teenagers? Oy! :o)

Jill said...

Seems only right...

Tough to vocalize but what a great message. You're a great mom, great parents and you have great children.

Don't doubt that for one second.

Molly said...

Having a child that strikes out from the norm can be difficult at times. But they are truly a blessing as well. And teach us so much.

Megan said...

On a scale of 1-10, I love this an 11. You are a terrific Mom.

 

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