- 2 years old
- 30+ pounds
- Is be tiny short, but almost as tall as his little sister.
- Born on 2005
- Is be free (from school)
- Pictures on Flickr and Googlepages.
- Stories on his dad's blogs that mention him or deal with him directly.
Jose Francisco, as his Papa insists on calling him, is a very Latin baby boy. He doesn't cry much, even for falls. I come home to find bumps and marks on his face fairly routinely; this doesn't stop him. He doesn't cry for needles, even when he was less than a year old, unless they were vaccinations (those hurt in the muscle).
He's a fighter. He loves boxing. He loves wrestling his sisters to the floor - even Dulce is fair game.
Maria de Guadalupe is his buddy, his partner in crime, as she describes.
He plays with Alejandrita a lot.
When around boys his age, they always end up following him. Failing this, he shrugs them off and does his own thing.
You cannot tell him what to think about anything.
He loves to pretend he's a puppy, with or without Alejandrita.
He loves his Transformers, which he only gets to play with when an adult is present, which makes them even more coveted.
Jose Francisco is a special case; my mom studied child psychology and
recognized early on that he had a neurological rarity: his cognitive
functions woke up immediately, when most children have them creep into
awareness between ages 1-2. His mind was firing all this off while he
was still flopping about, unable to effectively move his arms and legs.
Such children can have problems because of the lack of stimuli to a brain that craves it: they can become master manipulators because they quickly learn "I can't move, but I can do things to make others do what I want" and they sometimes "turn off," suffering from lack of stimuli, their brains give up and their cognitive functions reawaken around age 2, which is actually late.
Fortunately for Jose Francisco, with my mother's warning, and the fact that he has three sisters and his mother stays home, he had plenty of stimuli. While we've managed to counter his ability to manipulate for ill, his charisma is incredible; he's charmed 4 to 5yo girls he meets in stores several times, exception one that was just resolute on the idea that 2yo boys are babies and not to be paid attention to. Plus, he charms grown folks too when he wants to.
It's as natural as breathing to him; I've observed his behavior and body language and it's like watching an actor who knows just what to do, intuitively, to get the target person to respond. With his sisters, I have seen him summon 5yo Alejandrita because he knows she listens, and then 7yo Dulce follows because she finds herself without a playmate, and then he asks Dulce to get on a stool to get him something.
- Jose Francisco, the Strong - given by his sisters
- Knight in Trouble Armor - as his oldest sister says