Saturday, February 26, 2011
I remember his birth so well. I think it was my best. The birthing was so much more "orderly," more predictable, more controlled. I was intentional in my pushing, and he wiggled his way out without any complications, working with me the whole time.
In so many ways this process is just like him. He thrives with routine, with predictability. He is a hard worker. He likes things to be in order, controlled, and he loves being with others, especially when a challenge or adventure is involved.
I remember when nurse Cindy had to swaddle him tightly in his blankets, folding them neatly around him until he fell to sleep. Even now, when I tuck him in at night, he likes his sheets to be clean and smooth and tight. He likes his pillow to be "just so" and his blankets to be the right texture and weight.
We have laughed some times about how much Andy's temperament is like a dog. He needs a good amount of exercise, he has his own routine for self-care and eating, he often mimics the energy of the people around him, he likes a good challenge and is eager to please, hardworking, he knows when the schedule changes and he always lets us know what time it is, and he is an extremely loving, sensitive, generous, and dedicated companion.
Virtually all of his teachers have told us in conferences that Andy is a good friend. And he gets along with everyone.
We love you, Andy. We are so proud of you, and so very glad you are our son.
Posted by Jennifer Chappell Deckert at 8:47 AM