Happy Birthday, Theodore!

Monday, Nov. 30, our middle child, Theodore/Theo/Ted or Pajama Fan, turned six-years-old! I’m so proud of Ted and thankful to have him in our lives.

I can vividly recall the day he was born in 2014. My wife, Kasey, and I were literally walking down the hallway at UnityPoint Health heading towards the elevator after being told, “it’s not baby time yet.” During that walk I had joked about being hungry and we agreed that we would make a stop at McDonald’s on Park Avenue before heading home. Approximately ten steps before the elevator, Kasey’s water broke and we turned right around and headed back to the room. Ted was a big baby and has grown into being a big kid, which comes to us as no surprise given the fact that I’m well, not a small person.

What amazes me about Ted is how he is able to “flip the switch” when it comes to how he behaves at school. The same kid that will argue and insist on wearing pajamas will walk into school (or virtual learning) and become a perfect model student. It’s a struggle because as parents, we want our children to be on their best behavior when they need to be, but it also wouldn’t hurt to have that at home, occasionally.

I’ve shared that we have Doc the corgi puppy with you before in this space. Ted has an affinity for waking up early and letting Doc out of his crate. If you know anything about puppies, it is imperative that the first thing you do after letting them out of their crate is to take them outside to go to the bathroom ASAP. Ted has yet to grasp that concept and is often heard declaring, “Doc pooped!” from our living room.

The crazy part about having kids get older is when they’re finally able to have meaningful conversations or, when they start to ask deep questions, even if the question is, “Why exactly can I not wear pajamas everyday? Who said that?”

Recently, both Ted and Henry have become huge fans of the original 1984 “Ghostbusters” movie. As a child of the 80’s and fan myself, this has been a welcomed break from some of the other shows and movies they watch (insert me turning into an old man complaining about “kids these days” here).

I asked Ted the other day, “Why did you move all the leaves from the pile near the curb to the driveway?”

He paused for a moment and replied, “We were looking for ghosts!” Alas, I am planning on shipping a large box of Muscatine’s finest leaves to a Mr. Bill Murray somewhere in the Chicagoland area.

I know time goes by quickly, and that we will indeed long for these days when the kids are grown and out of the house. For now, I will continue to allow Ted to test my patience while also wishing him a very happy sixth birthday!