Well, Alligator-boy starts preschool at the end of August. I thought I'd better write a letter to his teachers to let them know just what they're getting into with him.
I would like to take a moment to introduce you to my son, Alligator. He has a few personality traits that you should know about up front. Otherwise he will take you on quite a ride over the course of the upcoming school year.
1) He's cute, very cute. But please don't be taken in. He knows just how cute he is, and is very adept at using it to his advantage. You'll tell him not to do something, he'll do it anyway. Then when you fuss at him for it. Be prepared for his traffic stopping "You can't mean me, after all, I'm cute" grin.
Do not be fooled. He may not have many words (and doesn't use the ones he has very often), however, he is not "slow." As a matter of fact, he's too smart for his own good.
2) You may think at first that he has an enormous temper. However, it is all an act. Midway through the biggest tantrum you've ever seen, he will stop and look at you. Just to make sure you're watching.
Heed my advice, don't watch.
3) This child is far from helpless, although he likes to pretend otherwise.
Not so very long ago (at age 1) he crawled all the way across the living room, screaming, stopping every foot or so to throw his sippy cup a little closer to Daddy. Finally got himself and cup at Daddy's feet, threw cup in Daddy's lap, gave Daddy BIG puppy dog eyes with alligator tears. Daddy picked up sippy cup and held it for darling boy so he could take a drink. Daddy then had to check on something in the kitchen. Darling boy crawls, cries, throws cup over to Mommy. Mama says "nope, not gonna work babe." Darling helpless boy picks up sippy cup and takes a drink, unassisted, then goes off to play. Daddy, watching from the kitchen, says, "I've been had."
In short, Alligator-boy is a wonderful child, with a fantastic personality. He is guaranteed to make you laugh. But you must not let him run the show. Trust me, we've learned the hard way.
Looking forward to a wonderful year. (While you have the two hooligans).