On the way home from Alicante a couple weeks ago, we took advantage of having the rental car to stop at the sporting goods store so we could shop for Isaac's birthday present - a shiny red bicycle. So obviously any surprise was spoiled since he was along for the ride. And then, instead of hiding away the box the bicycle was in, we just left it sitting it out in the hallway. I've been really impressed with how patient Isaac has been waiting for his present with it right there in front of him every day. He does ask at least once a day when his birthday is, but he has not once thrown a fit or been the least bit upset that he doesn't get his bicycle yet.
I've been pretty busy the past couple weeks at work, though most days I'll drop by home for at least 15 minutes for lunch and then for about 30 minutes for dinner. Isaac always gives me a very warm reception. First thing he does is give me a big hug. Second thing he does is ask "Are you going back to work?" The answer is invariably yes. The poor kid just wants me to hang out and play with him and it breaks my heart every time he asks me if I'm going back to work. I asked him if he wanted me to stay and play with him, and he said yes. I told him work was keeping me too busy and I asked if I should quit my job so I could play with him. I was actually hoping for a yes, but he said no. He must think that a few minutes with a daddy who has a job are better than lots of minutes with a daddy that's a bum. I wonder if he just loves me for my money. Oh well. I'll take his love any way I can get it.
Stella gives hugs that are even better than Isaac's (if that's possible). She really likes to please me too, which is a lot of fun. We're making a bit of a push to get Stella to give up her binky, (not very concerted), but we get varying results depending on who is trying to take away the binky. Eryka and I both use pretty much the same method. When we see her with the binky, we say "Stella, you're a big girl. You don't need that." When I do it, she pulls out the binky and hands it too me. It's great! When Eryka tries it, Stella just gets angry and starts crying. I can't say it's particularly great that Eryka gets such a bad reaction, but it sure makes me feel nice when I get special treatment.