On October 8, 2016, you turned 58 months old. You are 47 1/2″ tall and weigh 51 pounds. You are wearing boys size “small” shirts, size 6 in pants and shorts, size 13 1/2 EW shoes. You can wear “youth” size 1 shoes, but your foot is really wide, so the extra length in the shoe is mostly about accommodating the width of your foot. Which is a fancy of way of saying your feet are too fat for normal shoes. It’s OK, I blame your father for this and you’ll understand when you’re a grown up. You are in size 7 or 8 pajamas for the length.
Most people are shocked to learn that you are “just 4” because you are the size of most 6 year olds and are actually taller than some 6 year old kids. When I took you to the dentist, she told you not to tell her how old you are, that she wanted to guess by looking at your teeth. So, she took a look at your teeth, furrowed her brow, looked at the whole of you in her dentist chair, looked at me and said, “He’s not 6 yet… not even 5 1/2.” I replied, “No, he’s not.” She asked, even more confused, “Is he still 4?” I replied, “Yes…” She looked back at you and said, “He’s really tall for a 4 year old.” She’s a pediatric dentist, and so I’m sure she’s seen her share of kids sitting in her chair, but at first glance of your teeth, she called both of hygienists over to take a look because, “He has the nicest, cleanest baby teeth I’ve ever seen!”
Things we did this month:
Your Grandma D. takes to you library craft and story time weekly at several different libraries.
You swim with me at least once, sometimes twice a week. You love swimming.
Awanas started this past month. You were giddy with the happy over that and look forward to going every week. I think it’s mostly about the snack, but these new teachers have cinnamon scented homemade play-doh that they use on one of the tables and then the night’s craft on the other table. You practically dive at the play-doh and grumble about the craft.
On 9/18, your grandma D. took you to Pretend City. You had a really great day, stayed there for 4 hours exploring all the things they have there. It is *exactly* where you are right now in your development.
On 9/23, we took a vacation and went to visit my longtime friend, Tracey, who lives in Oklahoma. We flew in and out of DAL (Love Field) in Texas, because Tracey lives smack dab in the middle between OKC and DAL. The price was cheaper and the the flight from SNA to DAL was nonstop.
Since we were anyway going through Texas, I contacted a couple of other friends who I’ve only known through the internet. They both have little boys (Barrett and Dillon) who are your age, so I thought it might be fun to meet these ladies and their children that I’ve admired for 5 years from afar. It went so well and I really enjoyed these two ladies so much, that I can see doing something similar in the future.
From Dallas, we then flew to Omaha to see my aunt Marjorie and her husband. Since we lost my aunt Donis earlier this year, I wanted to fit in lots of visiting time with Marjorie, as she is my dad’s last “immediate” family member. While we were “stationed” there, we repeated our visit to the Omaha Zoo and met up with Nicholas and his mommy (and family) there, too. Nicholas is also your age, and we met them the first time July of 2015.
You remembered last year’s trip and were begging us to go visit my cousin and her girls out on the farm (in Nebraska). So we made a surprise trip out to Nebraska to visit them. As it happened, my cousin had lost one of her favorite breeding / milk goats to a bacterial infection that spread rapidly, and I wanted to help her bury her. That gave me lots of time to visit with her, which I was grateful for, and you had lots of play time with her two girls. My aunt whipped up a pan of lasagna with three hours notice, which was kind of a miracle, and we managed to maximize our short time there that day. I was grateful to them for being so accommodating to our whimsy.
You enjoyed everything about our vacation, but I noted a few things I wanted to remember…
When we checked into our hotel, you informed me, “I like our new life at Texas.”
Playing with a piece of paper, you said, “What do you think of my monster mask? It has a little roar box in it.” The roar box was you.
When we left my friend’s house, from the back seat I heard, “No! I don’t want to leave! They have the good desserts and stuff…. Wah!” And then, when you’d settled down, you said, “When we come back, we’ll have to stay a very long time, ok?”
You were nibbling an apple and your teeth made an entrance in the apple’s skin that looked like a peanut. You handed it to me and wanted me to take a bite, but told me, “Start where I started it at the peanut one! Haha. Was that funny?”
Typing a text message, I verbalized the word ” you” as I typed it out and from the backseat, you started singing “are my sunshine.”
The ever present bucking of authority, as we drove here or there, and the GPS would articulate directions, you said, “Don’t tell me what to do, GPS!”
Climbing in your car seat, you said, “This seat is not comfortable, not like a Cadillac.” This made me laugh, because you’ve never sat in a Cadillac. Neither have I, for that matter.
I started chewing a piece of gum and kissed you, and you yelled out “AHH, I have a gum kiss!” Which reminds me that this trip was the first time you’ve been able to chew a piece of gum without swallowing it, or pulling it out of your mouth 56,783 times.
Things I want to remember:
A text update from Grandma D., “We’re in pretend Candyland at Awesome park. William has 2 kids following him around as they find lollipops, caramel apples, cotton candy, etc. So, they have found some carrots now. William is getting a lot of products I heard him say.”
You recognize automobile brands now. It is a game that you like to play … for example, you will say, “Is that a Ford? It IS a Ford, I was right! I’m so surprised!” You know that the logo on my car matches the logo on a building off the I-5 freeway (Mazda headquarters). You know that your Grandma D. drives a “Chivy” and you know the Ford logo, as well as the Cadillac logo. You probably know others that I don’t know, I’m sure.
At the end of the day one day after you’d not slept well and were not feeling well, you started crying. It was random as far as I could tell, so I asked you what was wrong. You said, “I’m crying because the circus isn’t in town.” Well, that was certainly true, but they hadn’t been “in town” for a long time, like months. I asked why you were thinking about it, if Grandma had talked about it or something. You said, “No, I just miss the circus.”
In an effort to cheer you up, I had dressed your stuffed Mickey Mouse with 2 of your underwears, one on his head and one on his body. You didn’t notice. Now, in your defense, you hadn’t been feeling well, but still… I was surprised and a little disappointed that your skills of observation were lacking, and when I pointed my silliness out to you, you didn’t even find it funny. A word to the wise? You should always find your mommy’s jokes funny. Especially because I control the purse strings to most of your privileges, young man.
We took a day to go to Sea World this past month. Your priority was to go to the kid’s park, our job was to rein you in and see other things with promises of their park in the afternoon. Every time we would adjust our schedule to accommodate for lunch or anything, you would remind us, “First the show and then the park. Keep it straight mommy and daddy!” Or, we would finish our lunch and you would hop up and say, “Quick!! We need to go to the park!!” Like there was an emergency there. Your take on the sky ride this time was, “The sky ride looks like a pill in the sky.”
I thought it would be a good idea to encourage your desire to learn to read by writing you love notes in the morning. So, one morning, you went back to sleep after I snuggled you before work, and I wrote a note that said, “I love you. XOXOXO and I drew the sign language symbol of I love you.” Your Grandma D. sent me a text that said, ” William is awake… Xxxxooooo William typed that in. He absolutely loved your note. I told him “you can read!””
When I get home from work, we have a “treat taste test.” What we do is we take 2 M&M’s of each kind of flavor that I happen to have on hand, and I put them in a cup. It usually equals to be about 6 M&Ms and you see if you can distinguish what flavor each M&M is… is it the chili, honey nut, coffee, dark chocolate, crispy or what? We always floss & brush your teeth afterwards, by the way.
We attempted to get your teeth fixed by the pediatric dentist who is on our HMO. Her bedside charm is sorely lacking, combined with her desire to just do the work under general anesthesia, so she explained nothing to you. So she numbed your quadrant of teeth, stuck a roll of gauze in your mouth, and then disappeared for 20 minutes. Unbeknownst to me, you pulled the gauze out and started chewing your cheek to a bloody pulp. Later, she gave me a baggy of stuff to take home and you were looking at it weird. I reminded you that it was from the dentist so you don’t chew your cheek when it’s numb. But you know now, so we don’t need that anymore.” You replied, “But my cheek tasted good.” Surprised, I said, “It did?” You replied, “Yeah.” I asked, “Didn’t it hurt after the numbing wore off?” You replied, “Not really, but I know I’m not supposed to chew my cheek now, but it did taste good.”
We were talking about how I split the Extra brand of gum in half. Apparently that is linked in your mind about about earthworms, because you said, “When you were young, were worms your gum back then?”
One day I called your father, “daddy” and you said, “No, you call him husband I call him daddy. and he calls you wife.” It sounds like you’ve got our inter-family relationships all figured out.
Another morning, you woke late, and your Grandma D. sent me a text that read, “William woke after you left. We’ve been discussing birthdays & holidays. William says “I love you Mommy!” xxxxooo William says if you’re hungry, you can have a grilled cheese sandwich. Ba ha ha. (That’s his joke to you.)”
One evening, we had been sniffling and sneezing and coughing together. Bemused, I said, “We’re quite a pair, huh?”
You thought for a second and said, “You’re quite a fruit.” It took me a second to figure out the correlation, but when I did, I thought it quite funny that you were drawing a phonetic parallel between “pair” and “pear.”
And to round it all up, one Monday evening, when I asked about how your day was, you nonchalantly said, “We just joked off today!”
You have informed us that you want a Scooby Doo birthday party, and it will be a mystery party and you have already designed your cake in your mind with Scooby and Shaggy and ‘that girl” and a skeleton head on top of it. You seem more than a little thrilled that your friends might be scared… and, honestly, I’m a little scared the detail your mind has put into this cake!
In the mornings, you have taken to coming out in the garage after I have started out the door driving in my car. You come up and want m to climb on my lap to give me a hug. It’s the strangest thing when you do this, it’s like you curl up and you fit there just perfectly and I can’t help but reminded of all those mornings when I was pregnant with you and I would get in my car and look down at my belly and see the big ball of you, contained inside of me all curled up. Pregnancy and giving birth to you is one of those weird kinds of things for me, that even years later I remember every detail of it. It was such an amazing experience, and even though it seemed like every day I was pregnant with you had its fears for me, the overall miracle of growing a life was an experience I will never forget.
You continue with the sweetness of sharing your Kix cereal with me and your father, making sure we each take two Kix balls with us each day to think of you when we eat them. I joke that it’s William communion.
You are quite the acrobat these days, doing headstands and somersaults on the couch while watching movies. I’ve joked with you when you’re doing that stuff that it must mean you want to go back into Miss Robin’s class. To my surprise, you have told me that you want to do it. You’ve also mentioned that you want to start ice skating classes again. Our budget has kind of been taken over with other things these days, like fixing our cars so we can get to work, so I haven’t put you in the class just yet.
You love it when I make up stories and you get a little half smile on your face whenever I start them with, “Once upon a time in a land faraway…” And I’ve heard you starting stories that way, too, when you’re playing with your toys. Truthfully, the hardest part of starting a story is the introduction and the ending, once you have those parts down the rest of it pretty much flows. Since every Disney story has a set intro and ending, it opens up the world to all kinds of storytellers out there, including you.
I was reminiscing recently and read the letter that I wrote to you when you turned 9 months old. I found myself surprised that so much of your personality was already developed at that time. Your speech abilities, your love of rhythm, all the little things I mentioned in that update that I had forgotten about and, yet now, at almost 5 years old, you are still very much like the little baby you were then.
I’ve let you see some of the videos I took of you when you were a baby, and you watched the one where you were biting my leg and I told you to remember we don’t bite mommy… you said, “Awww, I told you ‘I love you!'” At the time, I thought that’s what you were saying, but dismissed it because you were far to young to be talking with any sort of clarity. However, now, knowing you and knowing the cadence of your speech, I think you WERE actually talking and that you did actually say “I love you.” If anyone would know what you were saying, I would say it would be you. And then you told me, ” I guess I’ve loved you forever, huh, mommy?” Yes. And I’ve loved you forever, too.
More photos from this month can be found here: LINK