The past few nights Riley has wanted to read his own story, rather than letting me read to him. I used the flash on my phone to record this quick video without him knowing.
The trailer for the documentary Babies looks absolutely fascinating. Iâ€™m not one on seeing documentaries in the theater, but Iâ€™d actually look for this one on April 16, 2010 when itâ€™s released. Unfortunately, Iâ€™m sure it will only play in Nashville (which isnâ€™t too far away), but having two kids, it might as well be a state away.
Still, the idea of following four newborns from four different cultures for a year is such a cool concept. You see the differences right away in the trailer as a goat casually drinks from the bath of the Mongolian baby. It will be interesting to see how different cultures treat their newborns.
I know that when Riley was born (our second son), our parenting approach was vastly different than it was with our first son Carter. Iâ€™ll admit, that we were too protective of Carter. As first time parents, I think thatâ€™s only natural. You donâ€™t know what to expect, so you tend to be too cautious.
Because of this, Riley is a much more adventurous toddler than Carter. Heâ€™s absolutely not afraid of anything or any situation and will plow headfirst into any obstacle â€“ and we let him. He can already climb by himself into the playhouse in the yard and slide down the slide. Mind you, this playhouse is on top of 4 foot posts, so itâ€™s a good climb and a tall slide. Riley gets dirtier, plays rougher, and even eats things we wouldnâ€™t let Carter touch until he was older (carrot sticks). A lot of this has to do with Carter as well. Having a brother thatâ€™s 4 years older, Riley thinks he can do whatever Carter can â€“ and most times he does.
Just this past week we visited my sisterâ€™s house and Carter and his 4-year old cousin were having a pillow fight. Right in the middle, slinging his own pillow, was Riley. I wouldnâ€™t change anything weâ€™ve done â€“ because weâ€™ve got two wonderful boys.
This is pretty funny stuff: