|True to Shipton style, look at those toes poised to run. This busy little guy is constantly in motion running, dancing, and jumping.|
|Gavin and Shipton have a special relationship. Gavin loves to be silly and Shipton loves to play silly. Shipton's budding sense of humor can be directly attributed to these two playing together every day.|
My answer as I prayed how to ease the crying makes more sense now. Do all we could to respond to his needs as quickly as we could. It didn't feel right to sleep train him as I had the others. He continued to wake up every 2-3 hours at night to nurse until he was about 15 months old. I needed to be willing to allow him to nurse on-demand 24/7 and he did so until about 22 months. He will still ask once or twice a week, but usually is quick to swap for his zippy cup. We needed to do all we could to prevent or minimize crying. This has meant lots of baby-wearing, carrying, and allowing him to stay close by or with me.
Shipton's gift to our family is gratitude. I see this in two main ways. He is a living reminder to us each day of our gratitude to God. Our gratitude for His goodness in allowing this child to come to our family and the ways He brought him safely into our arms. The other is so fitting. Shipton is actually our most grateful family member. He always is saying thank you. Some recent examples: he was sticky and as I held him to the sink to wash him he said, "Thank you washing, Mommy." While in the car headed to the library he sincerely said, "Thank you driving, Mommy" or when he asked to nurse the other day he said cheerfully, "Thank you milk, Mommy." We are blessed by his examples of gratitude and the living reminder he is to us of the many blessings we can express our constant gratitude for.