Jake watched Toy Story 3 last night on Netflix. He loves the entire Toy Story empire and I think he loves Buzz, Woody, and Jessie more than any of his other toys (but not more than he loves wearing boots. He really loves wearing boots. Especially Katie's pink princess ones).
The other night we were cuddling on the couch and it was just us.
Katie was asleep which is good because if Katie and Jake both wanted to cuddle we would have had a fight over which side each kid got to sit on, then Jake would have tried to push Katie over more so he could claim more lap space, then Katie would push back, then there would be crying. Yes, speaking from experience here. I shudder to think about a year or two from now when three kids are pushing and shoving to get a spot on my lap.
To hopefully strengthen the brother/sister bond, I tell the kids often that they will always be brothers and sister and that they will be best friends forever and ever. It doesn't hurt to start that talk early.
So the other night I told Jacob that Katie and Jack would be his best friends forever. I tried to put it in terms he would understand so I said they would be his best friends like SpongeBob and Patrick. He gasped in awe with wide eyes. And like Buzz, Woody, and Jessie. He said WOOOOWWWWW, again with the wide eyes.
Then I asked him who he would be... Buzz or Woody.
He picked Buzz.
Buzz is totally his favorite which means Buzz goes EVERYWHERE with him... even though he's hard plastic, weighs a couple of pounds, and makes loud noises if you accidentally hit one of his buttons as you're trying to sneak into the bedroom to cover a kid up with his (also Toy Story themed) blanket.
Then... he said,
"Jakey Buzz, Jack Woody, Katie Jessie, Mama Barbie, Dada Ken."
And I melted. Mama Barbie.
I don't think he sees gray hair, flabby arms, fluffy tummy... he just sees mommy. And I guess that to him, mommy means fruit snacks and pudding cups, jokes and laughing, hugs and tickles... oh, and time outs.