Burps, farts and belly laughs

I don’t know why, but the child absolutely loves being stuffed in buckets and buried in toys.When I was a teenager and started babysitting, I realized very quickly that boys were fun in a totally different, slightly more amusing way than girls. The girls in my babysitting days were fairly quiet and reserved. They didn’t do outlandish things that made me want to laugh at the same time I feared they would break their necks. (That wouldn’t look too good - me laughing as I tell parents their son is broken.) Those boys that were so much fun to babysit made me hope a little boy would be in my future as a mother. Nearly four years later, I’m having so much fun with my funny little guy.

One of the things that I adore about Brandon is his love of laughter. He likes to laugh, but he also gets such a kick out of making others laugh that it’s hard not to give him what he so desperately wants. The thing about being in a house filled with a bunch of boys (even the cat is a boy) is that they also think burps and farts are funny. Despite how quickly the latter will clear a room, I never fail to react in a way that makes my husband laugh at my nose’s thoroughly offended sense of smell.

Burping, on the other hand, is something that - when well-timed - I am ashamed to admit I think is quite funny. For example, if you watch the video below, you’ll see a scene from Wallace and Gromit that starts at about 1:20 that Brandon is currently watching over and over and over again. 

Seriously, that’s funny! Though it is funnier if you’re watching the whole movie, especially if Brandon’s sitting beside you. When he gets tickled by it, you can’t help but join in and laugh too.

One of these days I’ll have to teach him how to have proper manners. Thankfully he hasn’t figured out how to induce burping or farting on cue so it’s not a concern…yet. Until then, I’m just going to laugh.

Chats with Matt Episode 10: The Last Text (or Proof of Wit)

For the record, no pick-up time was discussed. I hadn’t heard from him, so I thought he’d just meet me at 5:00 and I think I pulled in at 5:03. 

Also, note the highlighted condition of my phone battery. Clearly one of us is more diligent about charging. :)

PS - This is just proof of that wittiness I mentioned earlier today and isn’t that a great last text? That’s crucial information I needed to know.

Day 6 - Laughter (#reverb11)

Laughter What made you laugh this year?

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I laugh a lot - I’m lucky like that. I have a witty husband who keeps me laughing. I have friends who all seem to have a great sense of humour. I am amused daily by things that my co-workers say and do. I have had Twitter buddies make me laugh out loud - even on the bus (so not cool). There’s so much to laugh at - in the joyful, fun way. I’m really blessed to have such fun, funny people everywhere I turn.

Brandon in the train on a recent trip to Saunders Farm.The person whose antics I’ve treasured most this year was Brandon. He’s at an age where his personality is starting to blossom and grow. He is starting to pick up on the nuance of teasing - and he’s trying it out. He knows that there are things that will make his mommy and daddy laugh and he takes great joy in making that happen.

I think the most exciting part of that is knowing that to be teased and tease in return takes a certain amount of trust and confidence. Trust that someone teasing you isn’t doing so in a hurtful matter. Confidence that you know someone well enough to tease them about something and know they’ll respond positively.

Seeing this develop in him gives me assurance that we’re doing all right.

Laughter is the best medicine

My son is such a gorgeous, amazing little boy. Okay, so I’m biased, but I hope no one holds it against me.

I had this really busy start to the day, then came a migraine and by the end of work, I was completely wiped out. But getting to play with Brandon in the car and then at home until he went to bed was the best part of my day. I’m looking forward to chillin’ out with Matt before we hit the sack, too.

Today just made me realize all over again how blessed I am. Nothing in the world is better than hearing his laugh for 10 minutes straight as we played during his bath time. That made my day and the remnants of the migraine are gone - laughter really is the best medicine.