It's becoming clearer that I may have a baby superhero on my hands. One of the Dr. Banner/Hulk variety. Or Jeckyll and Hyde. Or a baby manic depressive. Declan is happy and giggly and sunshine except when he is not.
Which is often.
I have the child that will one day soon force me to abandon my full cart of groceries and take his thrashing, screaming self out into the parking lot because I did not let him eat a whole lemon. He is a screamer. He screams when he is delighted. More often that not, he screams when he is not being fed guacamole fast enough, or given both cars to hold, or is picked up when he wanted down, or placed in the car seat when he wanted to run free, or wants to hang out with you at 12:30 at night. He is a nightmare at restaurants. He regularly sets off our "glass break" alarm just for demanding breakfast.
He doesn't just scream. He thrashes. He bucks. He likes to bang his head on the ground. He is a tiny ball of fury. He is nuclear fission with with blonde hair and Robeez. He looks so much like his sister and yet is so, so NOT her.
Ornery pistol that he is, he's awesome when he's in a great mood. He still wakes regularly at 10 PM ish to giggle maniacally. For hours. On four separate occasions, I have staked out his bedroom, fully expecting to find the spirit of a long dead relative playing peek a boo with him.
The boy is A BOY. The two words he can say with any confidence are CAH! and BAH! which makes him sound like a New Englander obsessed with anything with wheels.
Exhibit B: (shortly after his head exploded)
And then there was yesterday. Our long tenure of being together everyday finally came to an end as his first day at parents' day out arrived. Fittingly, the day was finally perfect for strolling, he was in a beautiful, giggly mood, and he looked at me and I swear to God said "Mama" for the first time. In context. 15 minutes later I guiltily deposited him at day care, but thankfully there was no screaming, no bucking. Just a CAH! and a BAH! as I snuck away to clean my house unimpeded for the first time in 16 months.