Stringbain will always be my first, my favorite (they all are), my measuring stick for the other boys and other people's kids.
At 12 he's becoming a young man who'd make any mama proud. When the timer beeps, he stops watching a movie to check the oven contents and turns it off. When his younger brothers are hurt, he often comforts them before I can get there. He's developing a sense of style that's authentic, if nothing else. He's well mannered and well spoken. He can clean a kitchen and start a load of laundry - although he rarely chooses to do these things without being asked.
To top it all off he's cute!
Of course I would say that, he looks like me....