This morning Ezra came down to our bedroom and as we were talking he told me it was too bad I was already married to Jesse, because he (Ezra) wanted to marry me. I spent some time telling him how much I loved him but that mommies and kids can’t marry each other.
He then told me he bet our next baby was going to be soooo cute, and I had to tell him we were done with just the two of them. Next he said that if we had a baby together it would be the cutest baby ever. It was a loving (if slightly awkward) conversation. After which when we got upstairs he proceeded to have a mini meltdown because he DID NOT WANT the one piece of bacon he had just begged for five minutes ago.
It must be so rough to be a five-year-old, all those emotions running around that you don’t know how to deal with. I tell you, it’s all sunshine or frustration these days. We’ve been having a heck of a time getting Ezra to get ready for bed these past couple weeks. He won’t go to the bathroom, he doesn’t want to brush his teeth, etc. So far our response has been to give him time and then after a bit start imposing consequences like loss of his tablet or Minecraft. The trouble is, in the moment he could give a shit about the consequences. He’s sure he won’t miss playing Minecraft the next day until it’s the next day and he’s so sad because he can’t play his video game.
I went online to get some ideas about how to handle this and one of the ideas is to create a star chart. So, every time he does a “chore”, he gets a star. Every time he doesn’t do as we ask, he gets a red dot. That way it’s a very visual reminder of his behavior. After he builds up so many stars he gets a special treat (not sure what that will be yet; Ezra’s suggestion was to get 10 fruit snack bags). When I told Ezra about this last night he said, “My head is exploding! My body is literally exploded!” With excitement, I presume. When I told him he could be the one to put the star on the chart I think he liked that best of all. Now I just have to make it and get star and dot stickers. Maybe a trip to the dollar store is in order. Actually, I could get a ton of cheap little toys and he could pick from a “treasure chest” when he gets his treat. Hmm…
About six months ago I bought a bunch of “learn to read” books on Amazon. They are the kind that are actually used in kindergarten and first grade to get kids reading. I finally opened one pack of books a couple days ago and spent some time reading one book to Ezra. It is maybe 10 pages and very repetitive, “Cop Cat has a big hat. Cop Cat’s hat fell down. Cop Cat got his hat,” that kind of thing. Well, I asked Ezra if he wanted to read to me and we got through the whole book. I told him how proud of him I was and he was very proud of himself. Last night after our story time I asked if he wanted to read that book to daddy and he was so excited to do it. He got through the first page like a champ and we praised him like crazy. He was so proud of himself, it was totally adorable. He stumbled a bit over the next couple pages and it gets to a point where he knows kind of where the story is going so he doesn’t really read the words he just kind of makes up the story, but he’s definitely getting there. We need to work with him on sounding out letters and paying attention to the letters at the end of works. But all in all, I’m impressed.
At his parent-teacher meeting, his teacher told us how very smart he is. Apparently his vocabulary is HUGE compared to the rest of the class, and he excels at math. Such a bright boy.
Poor Leo is sick again. He was feverish for a couple days and then seemed to be getting better (although now he has a very noticeable cold and hacking mucusy cough) but then he threw up again a couple more times. I cannot tell if it’s a stomach bug or if he’s literally gagging on mucus and so he throws up. I kind of think it’s the latter. He has wanted to be cuddly the last couple of days and while I’m sorry he feels poorly I do love the cuddle time. He threw up again last night all over his jammies so he and Ezra got a bath. That is two bath times in three days. Record!
We have put the landscaping on hold until spring on the advice of a landscaper. That meant we had a wee bit of money to play around with so we ended up buying a new oven after all. And just in time, too, because the front right burner decided to stop working the day after we bought the new range. Of course, the new range won’t be delivered until mid December, so we have a bit of time left with our old oven.