So, this is just a silly little thing that has developed with our son, but I wanted to share it because it's meaningful and awesome.
It started in the stroller.
He sits in the back of our double stroller typically, because his sister will pull his hair incessantly if she sits behind him and him pushing on her seat with his feet from behind her is a lesser evil. Sometimes ya just gotta pick your battles in parenting. Anyway, the back seat of the stroller has a sun shade that can fold out over it, which results in various flaps, velcro, plastic, fabric etc all rigged around the stroller's cup holder, compartment for your phone (or, you know, a hot wheels car you have confiscated) and handle bar. Brother began to wiggle his little hand through a space in all that fabric and velcro, to reach back towards whoever was pushing the stroller. It was a game at first. We'd grab his hand and say "I got you!" and he'd pull it back through. He caught on to the comment and began saying "gotchooooo" when he stuck his hand through, even if we hadn't grabbed it yet. It ended up with many wonky stroller paths while we pushed with one hand and held his hand with our other.
Whether it's in the stroller or just from the backseat of the car, he says "gotchoo" often and it has come to mean "can I just hold onto you for a while?" We reach for his outstretched hand and hold it, while we sing-song "gotchoo...gotchoo" to each other.
Yes, sweet boy, you've got us. Hook, line and sinker.
And we've got you. On good days, bad days, every day of your life, we've gotchoo.
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