Simon is, for the most part back to his normal self, after battling what we think was roseola. It was really strange to see him so lethargic and inactive. Don't get me wrong, I loved the cuddling he wanted to do while he passively watched TV, but it was so unlike him.
The temporary absence of his personality made me appreciate just how much he has. Sure, he's had some bits of personality since birth, as all kids do, but seeing it every day, you don't realize just how much it develops. He has the best laugh ever, and he has all of these expressions and sounds that he makes. The diversity of them is really surprising. Like I said, I just didn't realize it until they were gone for a few days.
Human development is fascinating. As a grownup, you take for granted how much you changed as a child. For me, this has been one of the best parts of parenthood. As I've reconciled the reasons for some of my own personality traits over the years, good and bad, I have an increasingly high appreciation for how the most basic influences can shape a developing mind. I hope this awareness serves me (and Simon) well going forward.