When I learned that we were having a boy *the first time around... we still have a week before we find out about the new little one!*, I got warning after warning that I was in for a shock. They're wild, they hang off things and jump without checking for a place to land. They're full of crazy energy and it will be exhausting. Little Smith is not that boy. Yes, he loves balls and anything with wheels, he runs in circles begging to be chased and can throw further than I can... but he's meticulous, careful, cautious, and more sensitive to his environment than most of his playmates, girls included.
This temperament comes with its own challenges; trying to pry him off me and get him to explore a new place on his own, calming crazy fits when his projects are interrupted or he can't have something 'just so'. There are also perks though, I don't know another two year old who (in the right mood!) can entertain himself as happily. He spends long stretches of time focused on a task or reading a stack of books to himself. If I set him up with a project, I can often count on an hour of quiet time, of course interrupted with various questions and announcements. There are rough weeks, when he wasn't feeling well for example, when this won't work at all. I'll think that maybe the stage has passed, but then he goes right back to his old habits. I'm curious to see if his focus lasts and how it will evolve as he grows older. He's a funny kid, so intense and he knows what he wants. It's definitely fun to watch!
*these pictures are all from last night. i was teaching and pop had the clever idea to occupy Little Smith with his pen collection. it's a hit... and this is exactly what he's been reenacting this morning as i write this post. silly monkey.