He always has.
His emotions are strong, wide and obvious. And he's as interested in expressing his own emotions (I'm frust-erated!) as he is in figuring your's out ("Mumma, what's she feelin'?"). Sometimes he experiments with new feelings, like when he's suddenly "fraid" of the heater vent in his room. And sometimes his feelings become so intense that he clearly gets overwhelmed, like when he gets so mad that he strikes out and hits one of us with a fierce look in his eye, then switches immediately into a heartbreaking wail. He will cry and cry and want to snuggle into one of us, as closely and tightly as possible, until his crying stops. Then he'll sit back, cock his head, and ask in his high-pitched little boy voice, "Mumma, why did I get so mad that I hit you?"
Because, really, he doesn't know quite yet. He is a feeling child. It's lovely and tender and I wouldn't change it for the world, but it's hard. His range of emotions are strong. And wide. And...
As always, I can't wait to see how this part of Elliot grows over the years. What kind of feeling-teenager he will be? What kind of feeling-man? Will his emotions be difficult for him to regulate or will he always be able to take a deep breath and reflect on how he's feeling?
On this Valentine's Day, I wish for him a lifetime of deep, wide emotions brought on by all of the pleasures our world has to offer. Elliot, may you travel far, feel life deeply, and always love with every ounce of your being.