Brant equals love. One morning a week he plays with his buddy Dawson, and two days a week he goes to his preschool. The rest of the time he spends with his mom reminding her how much fun it is to have a little boy.
He is a social boy. He and Laurel often play in the backyard while Mom cooks dinner. The driveway gate is closed so the kids stay close. Around this time, some of the older neighborhood kids ride their bikes or walk past the house doing what older kids do. Brant climbs on the gate and shouts to the kids (often while they're still a few houses away), "HI! HI! I'm Brant! I'm two!" HI! HI!" Sometimes the kids try to ignore Brant, but he persists until they return his salutation. Laurel seems to forget about her shyness in these situations and can be just as friendly as Brant.
Brant adores his school and his teachers. They report to his mommy that they adore him, too. However, they also report that Brant has picked the rowdiest kid in class as his best friend. He's been put in timeout a few times by his teacher for following Christopher's trouble-making when it's time to settle down. One day, he and his buddy Christopher were put in time out at the same time. Apparently, the teacher learned that they can't face each other during punishment because they make "monkey faces" at each other and giggle instead of learning their lesson. Brant missed school this Tuesday due to a stomach bug. Upon return on Thursday, the teacher said, "Christopher was gone on Tuesday, too. We had a (pause) quiet day." Ha!
Brant's parents are encouraging him to follow the good kids and listen to his teacher. At the moment, the most effective threat (of course rewards are used as well) is taking away Woody for the night. It works instantaneously.
Brant and Laurel love to be with each other. They like to tell each other secrets. Sometimes Brant tells Mommy and Daddy a secret too. The secret is always the same. He whispers, "Ring the doorbell." Are you curious about the origin of the secret? Laurel is famous for telling Brant to do things that will get either of them in trouble. In addition to the doorbell request, she tells him, "Say poo-poo, Brant." "Say pee-pee." There are plenty of others. The problem is that Brant can't resist. Laurel knows it, too. If she tells him to do it, he's probably going to do it. The next challenge for the parents is trying to keep a straight face during discipline.
Brant is the subject of several nick-names. From birth, the family has loved to call him Brant-i-boo. They've tried to drop it realizing the embarrassing implications to him as an older child, but it's a tough habit to break. The other day, Maren teasingly called him Brant-i-boo-boo. He responded, "Don't call me that Mom. I am just Brant-i-boo." Correction noted. The other favorite nickname is Sausage Biscuit.
Brant wants nothing more in life than to make those around him happy. He asks his mom at least a few times a day, "Are you happy Mom?" To which she sometimes says, "If you give me a hug, I will be happy." Brant is the best hugger around.