Now Trace is a different story.
He is just starting to notice colors and letters. Only very recently started saying words beyond the classic- mom, dad, no and please. He still doesn't really notice the difference between shapes and numbers (give him a sorting box and he'll try to put the 4 in the 2 spot for as long as you let him). He is only just learning to put the classic baby puzzles together (where you place a animal or some other shape into it's cut out spot). By today's standard Trace is a little delayed.
However I feel a lot of pressure to make sure Trace learns to read pretty early too. I feel like if I don't give him that option he may always be compared to a brother that did these amazing intellectual stuff so much younger then him. I don't want him feeling like if he had just been given the chance, he could have shown he was just as 'smart'. I know that just reading early isn't really a measure of this, but for some reason it's something I feel strongly about doing for Trace.
I know that they are both smart in their own ways. I know that there are things Trace is and will be good at that Tristian isn't or won't be, just like the opposite is true. I just never want one to look back and feel like something makes one 'better' or 'smarter' then the other. I'm not really sure how or if we can achieve that as parents, but I hope we can minimize it at least.