Xander is 4. He was born on August 15th, in the middle of the day. I had planned on having him naturally (rather then by csection like Gabriel) but he had other ideas. I went in because I was having some mild contractions and less then 3 hours later, out he came.
Since then, he has so far been the easiest of the 5 boys. He also happens to be the most unique so far. Xander was the easiest to potty train. He loves to be read to and is content just sitting and talking to anyone who will listen. Xander is the only one who's ever had imaginary friends (kaleb, Abby, and teacher are some of their names); he also attends imaginary school. Daily he tells us all kinds of tales and stories about what happened at imaginary school.
Xander is the only one who ever sucked his thumb and carried around a blanket. This past Christmas, Santa sent him a video message telling him he needed to try really hard not to suck his thumb. Xander would only suck his thumb when he had puppy blankie (I'll explain the blankie in another post). So, about a week before Christmas, my brave little boy opened the trash can and threw his blankie away without us ever having to prompt him (Dave later took it out of the trash to have as a keepsake). Xander hasn't sucked his thumb since then.
Xander is also the only left-handed one. He's the slowest eater, the first to notice interior decorating changes, love to snuggle any day of the week, and would always rather play with Legos or Hot Wheels then watch TV. Xander loves to color and be read to. He still takes a 2 hour nap and loves going anywhere Gabe goes. He loves iced tea and hot chocolate, pancakes without syrup, Club Crackers and homemade goodies.
Xander absolutely loves to laugh. He laughs at his brothers, his grammy and grampy, all of the dogs, and most often he laughs at himself. He absolutely loves being a big brother. He's loving, caring, and always concerned for his baby brother. Xander talks the loudest of all the boys. We are pretty certain he does that to make sure he will be heard over all of his brothers.
I can not wait to see what the future holds for this loving, smart, funny, sensitive little boy.