Hakan, the Handful
We’ve had some big thunderstorms recently. Luckily, they are almost always at night, so I don’t get caught in them on the drive home or anything. Because they happen at night, the flashing light and subsequent rumble of thunder have made quite the show a couple of times this week. The ironic thing is that the sound did not keep the children up, but it kept us adults up. Beyond that, the cruel thing is that the kids have gotten up other nights for no apparent reason.
Hakan is in a special place developmentally. He is climbing on top of couches and beds, stomping around faster, and getting into interesting places. The downside of all of this is that he often finds new ways to get some bumps and bruises from his shortsighted escapades.
His high-energy brother is no help either. Carver is usually excellent at entertaining himself, but when he needs some extra stimulation, he likes to see what kind of reaction he can get out of his sister – and she never disappoints. The sobbing and screeching will echo throughout the house when they get together.
The strange contrast to all of this conflict happens sometimes when, for whatever reason, they decide to cooperate and play with one another. Carver can be a great buddy to Hakan, and Avey and Carver together have some of the best times. Naturally, Avey is a powerful entertainer to Hakan when he needs a good chasing. If only we could schedule their battles and treaties, we might manage a little better too.