March 21, 2019

Thumper Turns Six


“When I was One,
I had just begun.
When I was Two,
I was nearly new.
When I was Three
I was hardly me.
When I was Four,
I was not much more.
When I was Five,
I was just alive.
But now I am Six,
I’m as clever as clever,
So I think I’ll be six now for ever and ever.”

– “Now We Are Six” by A.A. Milne

My sweet Thumper,

Today you are six years old.  Every year this gets harder.  Every year, you lose a little bit more of your “baby” look – the rounded cheeks, the dimpled hands – and are stretching out into an angular little boy.  And I mean “angular.”  We can’t keep your pants up for anything.  It’s like trying to dress a stick (and just like your oldest brother).  And you are tall… so much so, that you’re catching up to Rerun in height.

And yet there are so many things that have remained the same.  Your impossible eyelashes.  Your coy little giggles, and your gut-busting belly laughs.  Your incredible ability to pick a phone out of someone’s pocket and then run off with it to try and hack in.  Your stubborn refusal to use words when we’re pretty sure that you could.

We know that you are smart.  You have so many skills that you just refuse to use – unless it involves listening to the 20th Century Fox fanfare.

But even with your struggles, you are just oh-so-loveable.  You have your teachers and therapists under your charming spell.  Somewhere along the line you learned that being cute was your greatest power, and you use it fully to your advantage.  There is nothing you love more than hugs and cuddles.  You might have a hard time remembering names, but you know who the people are who love you.  At least greet people first before trying to snatch their iPhone, buddy!

Music continues to be your ruling passion in life, and there isn’t much you wouldn’t do for access to YouTube and your favorite videos (mostly involving movie studio logos).  I wish we could find a way to reach you with music, but right now you are too distracted to try to learn to play anything but the stereo system.

You have gained so many skills in the last year, started kindergarten, and learned so much, and there’s still so much to do.

But for today, it’s all hugs and smiles, because today you are six.  And if you could stay six “for ever and ever,” it sure would be helpful.  I might be used to you being six in a few years.

I love you more than words can tell, my little snuggle Boo.  Happy 6th birthday!


March 20, 2019



Goodbyes are hard.

Thumper’s speech therapist J. – who has been a good friend to us for years, before and after she got married – is moving away.  Her husband A. got a promotion and that means that they are relocating.

So, not only are we losing friends (and their three kids), but Thumper needs to find a new SLP.

Fortunately, Tad’s SLP (who had previously worked with J.) and I started talking as soon as I got the news.  And thankfully, she has had a slot open up in her schedule on the same day that Tad sees her!  It will make for a late evening, but we will make it work.  Speech therapy is still an essential part of both boys’ therapy, and it will be nice to have it all in one place.

It’s still hard to see J. and A. move away again, though.

March 19, 2019

Student of the Week Lunch


Today I got to have lunch with my favorite 9 year old!

Rerun is Student of the Week this week, which means the usual hoopla of filling out an “All About Me” sheet and making a poster.  But he also gets to have guests for lunch, so I brought Chick-fil-A and we had a great lunch together in class.  His classmates were envious, but I did bring pizza for them the last time I came to class, so they were good.  (They all knew who I was, though – I tell you, third graders are easily bought.)

March 18, 2019

Outside With Sticks


Sort of.

Rerun was outside playing with bubbles on the back porch, and Thumper went outside to join him.  Next thing I knew, Thumper was carefully setting up the leftover logs that we had carted up from the woodpile in rows.  There were two different spots Thumper was working in.

Once he had them set up, Rerun came over.

And then Rerun kicked them over, much to Thumper’s delight.

And then Thumper set it all up again.  I have no idea how long this lasted, but by the time I was getting pictures, they had a well-established routine.

It was nice to see them create their own little game with each other.  Even better – Ane and Tad were out riding bikes, and they took a ride around the block together by themselves.  It was the first time Tad had ridden his bike out of our cul-de-sac, and I was glad that Ane was willing to take him along.

It’s nice to see the two teenagers cooperate and have fun together, too.