Xander calls me "honey" or "hon" all day long, when he's not calling me "Jess'ca." Today I've heard "what's wrong, hon?" and "other breast, honey," among other endearing requests. It amuses me to hear him call "honey? honnnnnneeeeeeeey! honey, wheh yah youuuu?" across the house for me. He also often asks for "mommy snuggles" and imitated the back scratching that one of his brothers gave me. It's awesome to me to see how generous a toddler can be, not just taking affection but giving it back purposefully, patting my cheek or offering tastes of a lollipop to his brothers.
Reese is super-affectinate lately, offering frequent kisses, and unlike his brothers, he prefers not to aim for the lips. I never know what part of me he will request for the delivery of a kiss: my hand, my shoulder, my knee. He sneak-attacks me and kisses my backside in the kitchen. We'll chalk this up to my bum being at his eye level and assume this reflects no enduring issues on his part. He also asks for snuggles throughout the day. He and Xander both cuddle me in the morning, and Reese's day ends with snuggling and talking with the lights turned out. He almost always requests that I sing "Overkill" before I kiss him goodnight and leave, usually calling him "my sweet boy" before I go. Tonight's goodnight kisses were planted on each other's elbows.
Griff continues to radiate a tenderness that amazes me. He has a way of looking at me or at Dan with a certain expression that is like liquid love pouring from his eyes. Last year he devised a code to signal to each other - one person signs "I love you" and the other signs "I love you, too". He uses it as a way of keeping connected to us; he often looks out through the bus window in the morning and we exchange signs, or he might randomly do it during the day when he catches our eye. It's always with that crinkle-eyed expression. Oh, that boy. He's helpful, too - folding his own clothing, or doing random things like washing, drying, and putting away dishes on a whim. (!!) He sets a great example for his brothers, both of whom have been spotted clearing their own dishes without my request lately. He and Reese are becoming good friends and he and Xander adore each other.
Somebody tell me that they'll stay this sweet forever! Please?