This week, R has had a come-and-go fever. It started last Saturday night. It seemed to come out of nowhere. R never complained. If we had thought about it, he wasn't quite himself all day Saturday, but it wasn't until he laid down on the floor in the kitchen and I noticed his glassy eyes that I realized he was fighting something. Tylenol and a good night's sleep drove it away ... until Tuesday afternoon when it came back again the same way. I stayed home with him on Wednesday, and we watched too much TV but also painted and colored (R made "maps" for me and A) and went to the park for a little while. He seems all better now.
This has been a big week for R. He learned to throw a Frisbee. Today, he taught himself how to whistle. He has been doing a lot of cooking and baking - really helping! He loves to make French toast (he cracks the eggs, stirs up the batter, uses the spatula to flip the toast in the pan) and he helped A make brownies today. We no longer have to let him "help" while we cringe as he spills and licks batter and drops in eggshell bits. The other night, he uttered a beautiful and heartfelt and perfectly spoken grace before dinner. And, this afternoon, R tried riding his bike without training wheels! He got frustrated pretty quickly, but I'm so proud of him for trying.
The biggest development, though, is that he's finally learned to wipe himself! (Insert Kristen Happy Dance here) When I heard about our town's requirements for kids entering kindergarten, that was the one that made me nervous. R has no trouble writing letters and numbers and he's on the verge of all-out reading (he can sound out pretty much anything). But until now, he has shown virtually no interest in taking responsibility for his personal hygiene. (Why do it yourself if Mommy will take care of it for you?) So this is a huge relief. :-)
All this growing up is wonderful and bittersweet for me. So, when R referred to turkey as "churkey" tonight, it made me so happy. It's nice to have at least one vestige of his babyhood.
I also love when he tells me that he wants to live with me forever.