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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Little Buddha

Brendon was always a contemplative baby. He'd quietly sit and study the activity in the room. He had a round head and a very round belly. I called him Little Buddha. I always wondered what he could possibly be thinking in that round baby head of his.

When he was old enough to crawl, he'd make his way to the coffee table, pull himself up and onto it, turn himself around and sit in a pose with soles of his feet touching and his hands rested upon his knees.

He'd simply take in all that was happening, sitting there like a Little Buddha with his round belly.

Nothing shook him. No matter what, he was stoic.

When he was diagnosed with diabetes, something was unleashed inside of him. He'd fly into rages as his body took in the insulin we injected and tried to make sense of a new way of living. He became moody and combative as the ups and downs of his body's blood sugars tossed him this way and that.

He is different now. I don't say that in judgement. He is who he is. He influences the world around him rather than watch it go by. But, I still remember his round head and his round belly and the way he sat, contemplating the world around him.


  • Round-headed babies make fabulous table centerpieces.

    The image of him just sitting there peacefully is pretty damn funny.

    By Blogger Carey, at 2/13/2008 3:20 PM  

  • It really was funny. He was so cute and cuddly.

    By Blogger Shannon, at 2/13/2008 3:25 PM  

  • This might be my favorite post.

    By Blogger Paige, at 2/13/2008 5:19 PM  

  • I'm with Paige... Favorite post in its sad, happy sort of way.

    By Blogger Nicole P, at 2/13/2008 5:28 PM  

  • That picture has to be one of the cutest I have ever seen! I like this post, it has a certain acceptance to it.

    By Blogger Jillian, at 2/13/2008 6:20 PM  

  • I just love chubby babies! He was adorable (and still is.) Thanks for sharing this memorable photo. It's just too cute!

    By Blogger Donna, at 2/13/2008 9:18 PM  

  • I've often wondered if Type 1 does all kinds of things to a person inside. Caroline has hunger fits and emotional fits here and there and never seems to ever want to just sit down and relax for a minute.

    Professional athletes and people competing in the Tour De France, Triathlons, etc. have to get special permission to take insulin, so it just makes me wonder about it all...

    By Blogger Brett, at 2/14/2008 8:43 AM  

  • Awww - he was soooo cute!!! I just want to reach through the picture and pick him up and snuggle him ....

    By Blogger Jamie, at 2/14/2008 5:20 PM  

  • So cute! I love seeing chunky little babies. Isabelle has actually gotten easier to manage since diagnosis. She does still have major mood swings and acting out when her blood sugar is off. It is sometimes our first indication that something is wrong.

    By Blogger Lisa, at 2/14/2008 8:53 PM  

  • What lovely writing, Shannon.

    Your Little Buddha sounds like such an amazing little guy. What a joy to have a baby like him, and to watch him evolve and grow as his world changes.

    The post is happy and sad, both. I want to be like Buddha.

    By Blogger Amylia, at 2/15/2008 7:38 PM  

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