a boy in love with his baby brother.

Friday, February 10, 2012

William is a lover.  We always knew this about him.  He's a nurturer, a comforter.  He's the one who runs outside to help you in with the groceries (every single time).  He's Steve's right-hand man when he's working outside in the yard, or cleaning the attic.  He's happy to help you find your keys or run upstairs and grab your slippers for you (we try not to take advantage of this fact!).  He says goodnight about four times each night just as an opportunity to get one more hug.  He's one of the sweetest boys I know.  He's got a good soul.  So, it was only natural, that when Parker came along, the nurturing would extend to him as well.  He's always jumped at the opportunity to change his diaper, grab his pajamas.  He hears him on the monitor and begs to go up and get him.  He wants desperately for Parker to sit still long enough for them to really cuddle (we tell him that day will come!).  He will play with him while I cook dinner, and when we joked (after some poor night's sleep) that William was going to take the night-shift with Parker he says happily, "OK!".  The kid is a dream.  And, it's pretty evident, Parker loves him too.  He reserves some seriously wide-mouth grins for his brother William.

It's really pretty sweet to see.

And, we're talking far into the future here, but some woman is going to be really lucky to have him (and he's handsome too).


54 comments:

  1. this is so sweet. and made me think of a piece of unsolicited advice. so please forgive me.

    my sister brooke is very similar to william. it killed her that Behr would cry and reach for me when she tried to snuggle with him if I was around. one day we got out the ergo (or becco in your case) and she was able to "snuggle" with behr for much longer. it was great for both of them!

    just thought it might be worth a try, if you haven't already.

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  2. oh he is so sweet. A nice young boy and handsome too! :)

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  3. he will be quite the catch!

    what an amazing big brother Parker has!

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  4. That is just too sweet! Can you find me an older version? haha Some future woman is definitely going to be VERY lucky :D

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  5. What an amazing kid! Parker is one lucky little guy :)

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  6. SO SO SO Sweet! Love this! And yes...he is quite handsome! My husband is one of 4 boys, and this description of WIlliam fits brother #3 EXACTLY! I hope to raise mine to be just like that!

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  7. Well this made me all softy and huggy and want to reach through the computer and love on that kid.

    What a sweetie. Quality folks raise quality people. Truth.

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  8. This is so so sweet! Loved this story! And he is very handsome. Sounds like a great kid!

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  9. That is precious!! What sweet boys.. both of them. :)

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  10. So sweet. They're both good lookin' boys.

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  11. So so sweet. You're right, so lady is going to be very lucky.

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  12. What a very sweet read....it made me feel all mushy.....

    William is a very handsome guy and I am sure that with his nature he is going to grow up to be a fantastic man!!

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  13. Its pretty rare to have a boy who is the nurturer. He's very sweet.

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  14. what a sweet boy! How old is William? I have an 11.5 year old, Zackary, and I love watching him with Colton, my almost 2 year old. They have gotten to be more playful now (wrestling, catch, etc) then when Colton was a baby. And Zack just eats it up. I also love that Emilee, my almost 13 year old, mothers him.

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  15. @alice, William is almost 12!

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  16. I like what Lady Lee said.

    Oh, and William is gorgeous. What a sweet post.

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  17. what a sweet (and very handsome!) boy!! i bet it's fun watching all the kids develop their own special relationships with parker!
    my MIL told me that my husband was very nurturing towards all the new babies as a kid (he is the oldest of 14 cousins)..and now he is an AMAZING and very involved father. you are right, some girl will be very lucky to have him waaay down the road!!! :)

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  18. Can my daughter marry William when they're old enough? That's asking a lot because she's not even born yet. But I'd love to have in our family. What a sweetie.

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  19. This just melted my heart. So, so sweet. It is so nice to see sweet young men out there. gee that makes me sound like a granny. But seriously, I wish more boys were this sweet. Luckily I snatched up an adult version of one of these for myself recently and married him ;)

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  20. So so precious. Thanks for posting this. I can't wait to see that sibling love one day when Little Lulu has a baby brother or sister! Hey, but hopefully not too soon!! I take it back-- I CAN wait!
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  21. Sh*t Bridget! You made me cry last Thursday with Memory Lane and now this week again too. I'm so glad you shared this though. You are right... William will be an amazing catch farrrrrr into the future hopefully!

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  22. definitely. what a sweetie pie!

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  23. what a sweet post--i bet william will LOVE reading this (now or when he's older). this kind of post makes me want to have boys someday, to raise good, smart, loving, sweet ones like you clearly have.

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  24. Aw. What sugar he is. Isn't Parker so lucky to have him as an older brother? And you too, lucky and blessed to have him as your son. And I'd have to agree~ really cute kiddo you got there.

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  25. what a sweet boy, you are lucky to have him and one day his wife will be even luckier!

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  26. Most definitely! Sounds like such an awesome kid to have around. The world needs more men like him. Hopefully Connor will grow up and be the same way! Just curious, and you don't have to answer if you don't want to, but do you ever mourn the fact that with Parker being your first child that he isn't your "only"? As in, you don't get him all to yourself, you share him with other kids right away?

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  27. This post is so so adorable! I have a brother who's five years younger, and a sister who's fifteen years younger. I remember watching my sister and my brother together when she was really little, and being jealous at how much she loved him (but now she loves me more, hahaha. just kidding. but really). Even though he teases her, I can tell my brother is a softy and loves finally getting to be a big brother. Seeing William and Parker reminds me of the days when my sister was Parker's age. Thanks for sharing :)

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  28. This is such an adorable post. My brother is 11 years older than our youngest brother and he was much the same (not offering to change diapers though!).

    12 years later, the two of them have an incredible bond. The youngest looks up to Tim with absolute adoration.

    I'm sure your boys will have a similar bond one day. It's amazing to see:)

    You are very lucky!

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  29. wow-that is very special. he sounds like one special boy.Parker is very lucky to have a brother like that, they will be great friends when they are older!

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  30. So sweet, what special guys you have in your life :)

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  31. This is just... Precious. I love this. What a little angel.

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  32. Wow, truly one of your sweetest posts! And what great photos of William. He's going to be a great catch some day! :)

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  33. sweetest post ever! I loved reading about William, he sounds like such a wonderful son and so loving and caring. What a blessing to have him as a little helper. I always wish that I possessed that character trait, that selfless trait that doesn't only help at every chance but doesn't complain once when doing them. I am lucky and am surrounded by people like William, my mom, my best friend and my husband are all that personality, I guess since I wished to be it so bad I found the next best thing (maybe better ; )! )

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  34. Sigh, this post warmed my heart and made me miss my brother. He has that same loving heart. So special. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. he runs outside to help with the groceries?! that is so sweet.

    as is all of the rest.

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  36. wow. i'm speechless. (although i do have SOMEthing to say haha)

    what an incredible post, bridget. and what an amazing mom you are to recognize those beautiful qualities in him!

    Before I read your last sentence i was thinking to myself: "sounds like this kid is going to be an incredible father/husband"

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  37. That's a good big brother you got there :)

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  38. He is very, very handsome. And how old? Just curious because I'm already thinking I need to start scheming ways for he and Tate to get acquainted. Now that would be a sweet couple! I love boys with good souls.

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  39. what a heart breaker that boy will be. he is so handsome...although steve is his father...

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  40. Boys like William are rare in this world. That will be one lucky girl!

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  41. He's very handsome!
    And more importantly, sounds like he has a huge heart.

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  42. this is basically the cutest thing ever.
    heart=melted.

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  43. that is too sweet! what an amazing brother he is!

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  44. love that! and reminds me of the baby space teen and preschooler :) so sweet.

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  45. What a sweet boy!!! I have an 11 month old son, hoping his sweet nature carries through like your little guy's did. I love mama's boys :)

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  46. before you even said some woman is going to be lucky to have him, I thought to myself Wow, some girl is going to land quite a catch, marry him and have kids with him. He'll be a great father.

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  47. Indeed he will be a wonderful husband and father one day--just as long as the lucky woman understands that she dare not take him too far from his family of origin--including the grandparents!! He is one wonderful young man!! It's all true.

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  48. oh my he is going to be a dream husband and father...

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  49. i read this the other day but didn't have a free hand to comment (oh, life).

    this is so off-the-charts sweet and tender and adorable........ it just is.

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