Me: (upon realizing my adorable daughter was going to wear a plain black turtleneck, a'la Dieter, to school the next day) Mollie, why are you wearing that tomorrow?
Amalia: Oh! Well, I am going to have a baby tomorrow!
Me: Ah, I see. Well, that's exciting! (still not understanding about the black turtleneck connection but choosing to let it go)
Amalia: Yup, but it is not in my tummy.
Me: (now really not seeing the connection) No?
Amalia: Nope. It's in my baby's grandma's tummy.
Me: (beyond confused) It is?
Amalia: Yup, my baby's grandma is going to run it through.
Me: (stumped but amused) Alright.
(After opening a birthday card from Toys R Us and finding a $3 coupon inside ...)
Amalia: (excitedly) I have GOT to scissor this out!
Me: (whispering) Baylor, we need to talk about what you want to get your sister for her birthday.
Baylor: (whispering hesitantly) Um, I don't ... wait, whose money am I spending?
Me: (whispering) Mine.
Baylor: Oh! Okay!
Me: (whispering) Okay, so I will give you $20 to spend on a gift for her. Do you have an idea of what you'd like to get for her?
Baylor: (whispering) Yes, a _________.
Me: (whispering) Well, Baylor, Daddy and I are actually taking care of that.
Baylor: (excitedly whispering) You are?! Tell me about it!
Me: (whispering) Well, Baylor, can you keep it a surprise? It is really important that you keep it a surprise because your sister LOVES birthday surprises. I thought about involving her in it and she didn't want to because then it wouldn't be a surprise. Can you keep it a surprise?
Baylor: (whispering earnestly) Yes, I can. I will keep it a surprise.
Me: (whispering) So this is what we're doing. (whispers the basics about the gift)
Baylor: (frantically whispering the instant I stopped talking) Uh oh! (clasps hands over mouth) I can't keep it a surprise! I can't keep it in!
Me: (loudly and laughing at it all) What?! Baylor! You said you could! (instantly learned my lesson) You've got to!
Baylor: I can't! It's gonna burst out of me! (clasps hands over mouth again)
Me: (whispering) Baylor, you have to keep this a surprise! Did you lie to me about it or did you just not realize how cool the idea would be?
Baylor: (whispering) I didn't know it would be so cool! I can't keep this in!
Me: (upon realizing Amalia was nearby) Hi, Mollie!
Amalia: What was all the laughing for?
Me: Well, here's what happened. (rehashed the story, leaving out the key details) And now he doesn't think he can keep it a secret.
Amalia: I don't want to know. I like surprises!
Me: I know. Can you tell that to him? I don't think he believes me.
Amalia: Baylor, I really like birthday surprises, okay?!
Baylor: (worriedly) But I CAN'T keep it in! I have to tell!!! (clasps hands over mouth again)
Me: Baylor, you can always talk to me about it.
Baylor: No! That won't help!
Me: Okay, well you could always tell the Mr. Bears!
Baylor: (looking at me like I should already know this ...) They can't keep a secret!
Friday, March 6, 2015
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Here it is, at long last ... the video of Baylor's first grade concert (the bulk of it, anyway). To say I am proud of him in light of his performance (and mere participation) in the event is an unbelievable understatement. When he came on, looked happy and confident, and started singing I started to cry. Our little guy, who would not participate at all in his preschool graduation and never once danced along during music and movement time in kindergarten, has come such a long way.
Such a long way.
And didn't he look super dapper?! I might have to try getting him to wear a tie every day.