as told by Eric:
"Oh, Eric's my baby," I said as I took mommy's face in my hands, we were lying in my bed. "Oh, Eric's my baby. Eric's my boo boos. Are you my baby?" Mommy said. I love when we do this. I feel so happy. "Yes, Eric's a tiny baby," I said. "Eric's a big boy," Mommy said as she planted a kiss on my face. Mmmmmm........I don't like this as much. "No, Eric's a tiny baby," I repeated. "Are you tiny like a grain of sand?" "Yes" (this is my favorite) "Or, are you tiny like a speck of dust?" "No, tiny like a grain of sand." "Tiny like this?" Mommy said and she pinched her thumb and index finger together. "Yes, like this," I said mimicking her with my own fingers.
Eric wants to stay small and be a baby. He doesn't like the idea of getting bigger or getting older and often gets agitated when someone says, "you're getting bigger" or "look how you've grown!" And of course, people are going to say this. We all do, it's only natural. So, I try getting Eric used to the idea of getting older by explaining about birthdays and things big boys get to do that little boys or babies don't. Some days he's more receptive of my explanations others.