I still have a hard time processing the fact that my 26 weeker, my baby that entered this world at 2 lbs, is now five years old. He constantly reminds me, everyday, multiple times a day, that he is five. He is extremely proud of this fact. Heck, I am too, I just can’t imagine that the boy I am looking at now is that same tiny baby boy.
We had some Mommy and Ryley time this morning after dropping off Grace and Ethan and before his appointment. We went to Starbucks for breakfast. He must have said a dozen times if not more that he really likes time with just me and him. I realize I need to do this more. He is getting old enough to understand the value of one on one time with each parent. It means something to him. It means something to me. I really enjoyed our quiet hour together, just talking, just looking at him in amazement, just playing our air instruments to the music playing in Starbucks. What a gift I have been given in all my children, what a miracle in my son.
Then off to the doctor’s office we went. Ryley is the one I am most particular about which doctor he sees. There are five in the group. He only sees two of them because of his history, and most recently his diagnosis with Reactive Airway Disease. All reports came back good. Who knew that a five year old exam would take an hour? He had it all……eyes, ears, mouth, nose, tummy, heart, height, weight, hearing, vision, and his most favorite…..pee’ing in a cup! This is so much more fun and easier for boys!!! He weighs 39 1/2 pounds (40th percentile) and is 43 3/4 inches tall (74th percentile). So in spite of eating like a machine everyday all day, I have a tall, skinny boy on my hands. Takes after his tall, skinny Daddy! and definitely does not get his height from my side of the family!!!!!!!! Hearing and vision are great. Even the doctor said he can’t get away with pretending not to hear me when I give directions because his hearing is excellent. I did ask about the noise sensitivity. The dr just said it’s just the way Ryley is. I still think it might have something to do with prematurity as most preemie parents have said their preemie has the same issue. Interesting. Everything else is good. Ryley got four shots, tb test, and finger prick. He is not a fan, but got 5 stickers for all that.
On the kindergarten side, the doctor highly approved of our decision to hold Ryley out this year. I feel so much better with our decision these days. He will definitely be ready next year. He is just so not there yet this year. I was informed (as if I didn’t know already!) that Ryley has a “quick mind” and that he will need to be challenged so that he doesn’t get bored. HAH! Challenges and a low frustration level don’t always go well together!
This time five years ago, I could never even begin to imagine what this day would be like…the day I took my son in for his five year old check-up. Five years ago, we were begging God for his life. Today, we are praising God for a healthy, challenging, amazing little boy.
Just a few pictures below. First is Ryley being King of Sand Mountain at the beach last month. Second is Ryley on one of his birthday presents. Third is the birthday party group in the backyard near the giant spiderweb Michael made.