I remember when Braxton was around 18 months that I had put him in front of tv with his favorite show so I could quick grab a shower before heading out to work. Daddy had already left for work hours ago. I left the bathroom door open so he could come in if he wanted, too. After I got out of the shower I went out into the living room to check on Braxton. He was gone. Now Braxton never, ever left the spot where you put him, he always stayed put, this has been a routine every morning. Nothing different, everything the same, same spot, same cup, same show. Well this morning in particular when I came out of the bathroom Braxton was gone. My heart sank. I started calling his name and no answer not even a peep. I ran over to the slider thinking he got out onto the balacony, nope the door was still locked. I ran around the corner to check to see if he got out the front door, no he was not tall enough. Still I started searching the entire apartment and couldn’t find him. My heart sank even further. I listened and that is when I heard a sound coming from the kitchen. I ran into the kitchen and started opening up cup boards. There he was sitting all smile in the cup board next to the fridge with a huge smile on his face and when he saw me he started giggling. After that moment I realized that Braxton was in the next stage of not wanting to stay put.
Braxton was never the one to understand jokes or joking around. This was super hard having parents, especially daddy that liked to joke around. Braxton would get so upset sometimes and thought we were being mean to him. After years of teaching him what is funny and what is not funny, I think he has a pretty good handle on jokes now. In fact he has become our own little:
Here are two of Braxton’s favorite jokes to tell and sometimes he starts laughing even before he is finish telling them.
The first one he made up himself. Braxton started watching the Smurfs during the same time he was learning about the state of Delaware. The Delaware state bird is the Blue Hen Chick.
Mom, “Hmm, I don’t know.”
Braxton laughingly replies, “A Blue Hen Chick. Do you get? Do you get it? Smurfette is blue, the state bird of Delaware is a Blue Hen Chick.”
One day sitting at the table Braxton was doing Math school work. I am not sure if he was in the Kindergarten Math Book or the First Grade Math book, it doesn’t really matter. He was solving math problems and at the end he had to find out why 6 was afraid of 7, once he found the answer he was really confused. He came to me telling me I needed to correct his math because the riddle didn’t make sense. So I had to explain to him that 7 was very hungry and since 8 could be ate or eight, the riddle uses the ate, as in eating the number 9.
Braxton replied, “Because 7 ate 9.”
After he understood the joke he busted out laughing.