What Makes Them Extraordinary

Every parent knows those little things about their child that make them extraordinary.  I'm no exception, but I usually don't talk about that kind of thing on my blog. Today I'm indulging my mama side and I'm going to share with you a few secrets about why, in fact, my boys are extraordinary. They are different from each other, but they share something very profound in common, the courage to get out there and truly live life.

For Wylie, it's his ability to connect with any living being around him. He looks deeply into peoples eyes and tells them everything he knows.  He asks lots of questions.  He likes to be close, leaning up against you close.  When he laughs you can see all of his teeth, and his eyes squint closed, and the freckles on his nose dance.  He is quite simply full of light, and he has been since the day we met him.  Because of this people are magnetically attracted to him.  He is smart as a whip, and kind, and he brings out in other kids what comes so easily to him, a confidence and ease that tells the world they have a friend...

And Jasper. He is effusive, confident, and reserved all at once. He will try hard at everything. He puts himself out there. He is almost refined... he sits with one leg crossed over the other in JFK repose while watching cartoons. He eats the most incredible things for a person so young...he slurps oysters, eats daring sushi, game meat, Brussels sprouts, and prefers coconut water and dark chocolate. He is as complicated as his palate and he always has been, since the moment we met him. He is emotionally charged, sporty, and dramatic. He loves a stage, and he loves quiet time alone. His favorite person is Wylie. And at 8 years old, he still climbs into bed with us most mornings to cuddle. 

I'm letting you in on their extraordinary lives, as part of an amazing campaign by Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford has been the top-ranked children’s hospital in Northern California for over a decade, and are the largest Bay Area healthcare provider with an exclusive focus on children and expectant women. They know that what makes your kid extraordinary isn’t just the epic stuff. It’s the little things. The small moments that maybe only you see — and quietly celebrate every day.

Did you click on the boys names to see the special videos I made for each of them?

Your kids are extraordinary too. Show them how much you enjoy every moment together by creating a special video of your own!

And thank you for indulging me today...

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.