Taylor was born a healthy 7 lbs 1 oz. is now over 40 lbs. He was a wonderful and easy baby; grew up to become a social, fun loving toddler and is now a helpful and intelligent preschooler.
As a baby, Taylor was such a good little boy.
He took to breastfeeding well and did not cry except for when hungry. I remember being in the hospital and thinking this baby does not cry much as I could hear the loud cries of all the babies in the surrounding rooms. Because I had the year off for maternity leave, I spent much of the time traveling with my mother, grandma and Taylor. He was so good in car rides and airplanes. I remember on many airplane trips people would turn around after we landed and comment on how wonderful he was. One time someone was so shocked there was a baby behind him. He couldn’t believe it. We went on many road trips and vacationed to Paris, Italy, Huatulco, San Francisco and Las Vegas. I never hesitated to go anywhere with Taylor because he was such a good baby.
He also brought so much love and joy to my family.
His great grandma adores him and he has given her a reason to live. She never got enough of holding him and cuddling with him as a baby and she knit him so many outfits. He never liked having a blanket over him but kept warm from all the outfits great grandma had knit for him.
When Taylor turned one I had to return to work full time.
He attended day care twice a week and my mom looked after him three times a week. It was a tough year because he seemed to pick up every virus or bug that the other children brought with them to day care. He adjusted well to being in day care; he loves other children so he thrived in this environment and he was well behaved and easy to manage. My mom also watched him which allowed her to spend some time and bond with him. Airfares are free for children under 2 years of age so we squeezed in a trip to Waikiki and a trip to Maui before he turned two. I figured once I had more children I would not be flying much for a long time.
At two years old Taylor was becoming easier.
He was accustomed to daycare and my mom watching him. He was such a happy and social two year old. Being a single mom, I didn’t talk to him much and that I think delayed his speech. When he turned two I had his hearing checked and we went to see a speech pathologist. Once I started to talk to him more, he picked up his vocabulary quickly. There is no concern now with his delayed speech and many mothers have told me that is more common with boys. It was a tough year for me as I was attempting to get pregnant and had two failed attempts, one being the blighted ovum and having the day surgery to remove the polyps. I did get pregnant with Brian and Jean and became too tired to do many activities with Taylor.
Three was a tough year for Taylor.
I was pregnant and tired for the start of it so not too much fun. Then, he lived with my brother and at his daycare for five and a half weeks while I was in the hospital. Once I was out of the hospital, I spent seven weeks back and forth to visit and breastfeed the babies’ as they were still in the intensive care unit. Then I was very busy once the babies came home until now. He has been a great son and big brother. There was definitely an adjustment period and he was wanting my attention often but considering the circumstances, he has been wonderful. Three was a difficult and growing year for him. He started preschool at three and this was very positive for him. He has developed many friendships and it has given him a place to grow and learn independently. I have been so busy at home with the twins, preschool has been his time for his thing.
He has just turned four and he is the apple of the twins’ eyes.
Their eyes light up and they smile from ear to ear when they see their big brother. He helps me watch over them, put things in the garbage and unloads the dishwasher. Taylor also helps me with opening doors, operating the elevator and assisting his 93 year old great grandma with her walker. Every night at 6:00 pm his great grandma calls and Taylor sings the ABC song to her. He has a favourite girlfriend and boyfriend at preschool and greets everyone we walk by with a “hello.” He loves dinosaurs, Mickey Mouse, Spiderman, swimming and going to the park.
I feel so fortunate to have such a positive, caring and friendly son.
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