Sunday, September 23, 2007

He seems to be the strong, silent type.

I'd ask him, but he isn't talking. :)

I know that Jonathan has been precocious in regards to language. And even though I told myself when Thomas was born that it would be different with this very different child, I still sometimes find myself wondering "when will you talk, child?"

At 7.5 months, Thomas is quite definitely the strong, silent type. He smiles a lot, and if he's upset he'll cry and/or squawk, but he just doesn't talk. For that matter, he doesn't really do much cooing. And he definitely doesn't use any consonants. Nary a one. By this age Jonathan had been using consonants for four months, and was starting to say "dada" specifically.

(How do I know this, you ask? Because I have been blogging my children's lives from the very first smile, my friends, and Blogger has a search feature.) :) Speaking of which, do you have any idea how very glad I am that I started blogging? This is the most amazing baby book ever created. I love it.

Anyway, that's the "silent" bit. Now for the "strong": Thomas has learned how to pull himself up to his feet! He's enjoying this new trick quite a bit - at bedtime with Jonathan, while we read his bible story, Thomas will spend the entire time pulling up, sitting down, pulling up, sitting down, using Jonathan's bed rail. And smiling the whole time, of course! Seriously, I think this child will skip crawling entirely, and not for lack of tummy time. He just knows what he wants and he wants to do this his way. Please, and thank you. That is really the sense I get from him...he knows what he wants but he'll be nice about his method of getting it.

I find it so fascinating to see my two very different children develop. It is fun to look at them now, mull over their personality traits and dream about their futures. Maybe Jonathan will be a linguist or a lawyer (you know, he'd be GOOD at that, I bet, heaven help us!) Maybe he'll be a musician. Maybe Thomas will be a priest or a professor or a monk (wouldn't that make his Daddy proud!) Maybe he'll be an artist.

And now a picture of my oh-so-different boys:

Side by side you can see the differences, but the picture to the left is hanging in Gabe's mom's hallway, and if you look at it there you aren't quite sure if it is Jonathan or Thomas. I guess if they're going to be look-a-likes, it is a good thing they are so different. :)


Anonymous said...

I love the pics, especially the first one. I was just thinking the other day how I wish I had been blogging five years ago when I had my son. I don't know if there was such a thing then, but I wish there had been. I missed writing down so many wonderful and cute things!

Amber said...

What great pictures, as usual! I know just what you mean about the speech differences - we're going through that right now and it is so strange to contrast all that Emma was saying at 21 months to what Gregory says. Her speech was so much clearer too - but he's getting there on his own schedule. Still well within the boundaries of normal but definitely a lot different than his sister!

I found your ideas about what they might end up pursuing very interesting - I find I don't really speculate like that and I'm not sure why. Maybe because my mom was sure I should be a doctor was not hesitant in telling me so. :-) But it is an interesting thought experiment, isn't it!