This afternoon Zack and I were chatting about nothing, while he ate his after school snack. After a while I asked him who my pride and joy was. He responded with Daddy, David and Me. I let him know he was right.
A few seconds of silence and he came out with "Mom, let me tell you who I love. I love Daddy, David, Grandma and Grandpa..." He went on to name a few more people.
I was not mentioned.
Yes, you read that right, I WAS NOT MENTIONED!
So I asked him why he didn't love me.
"Well Mom I don't love you because you are chopped liver."
Okay I will admit my jaw hit the floor. So there you have it, on February 23, 2011 I officially became chopped liver!
This morning while Zack was getting his shoes and coat on so we could head out to school, I checked out the front door to see if Kris was nice enough to warm up my truck for us. No such luck, he was already gone. Jokingly I said to Zack "Gee Daddy sure is rude, he did not even warm the truck up for us." Much to my surprise my little man said " If daddy does not warm up our truck then we are going to trade him in for a new daddy." I could not help but laugh! I called Kris but only got his voice mail. While I was leaving him a message telling him what his son said, Zack must have thought he needed to revise that because he yelled into the phone, "Daddy if you don't warm our truck up we are going to trade you in for a new daddy BUT if he doesn't warm our truck up then we will take you back." Gosh I love that kid!
Kris offered to take Zack with him today to go hang out at a paintball field. Of course Zack was not going to turn down that offer. Hanging out at a paintball field means playing in dirt. mud puddles and throwing rocks. Three of his favorite things to do.
As they are getting ready to leave Zack says "Hey Mom, if you decide we can go to Burger King today that would be a good thing and you can just call us on the phone, just give us a shout. We can meet you there."
Give us a shout?, now where the heck did he hear that? I have never said that and I don't think I have heard Kris say it either. I will admit it was kind of funny hearing something like that come from this little man.
We have a television star in the family now. Does it matter that it was a closed circuit television and only the children in the school were able to view it? Heck no, that does not matter at all! Zack was so excited that he was on television at school. He was chosen two days in a row to go to the media center and say the pledge of allegiance. He wanted to say the pledge and he wanted to do well with it so he practiced it a few times. If I had a disk for my camera I would get him on video because it is too darn cute.
He holds his hand over his heart and says " I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of Amewica (he still does not save the R sound down yet) and to the Wepublic for which it stands, one nation under God , Invisible (yes that is what he says), with liberty and jusnice (I am not really sure what a jusnice is but we will go with that for now) to all.
I don't think his new found stardom has gone to his head but then again you never know.
We made it into the doctor to have Zacks ears checked. On the way over there, he started getting worried about going. By the time we made it into the waiting room, he was filled with "Mommy I don't really want to do this." I lost count of how many times I tried to reassure him that all they were going to do was have him listen to the beeps in the headphones and then look into his ears with the light.
When they finally called his name, I was very grateful that he had the sweetest nurse. She asked him to get on the scale, then took his temperature. Then lead him to the quiet room. He asked me to stand next to him so I did. She explained everything to him before she did anything. He could not have been a better patient.
When we were waiting in the exam room, he was a bit nervous again but I assured him everything was going to be fine. His pediatrician came in and said he failed the hearing exam with them. When he checked Zacks ears he said there is so much fluid in there that the ear drum can not vibrate. He said there is no wax in his ears so that is a good thing. The fluid that is in his ears is not causing an infection it is just the amount that is in there that is preventing him from hearing certain sounds.
Zack sat there like such a big boy and told the doctor how he can not hear somethings when he is too far away from them. He let the doctor know he needs to have the television up or he can not hear his favorite cartoons.
So he is on two medicines to clear up all the fluid and we go back in 3 weeks to have his hearing tested again. I can not say how relieved I am that it is not something serious.
The other day I asked Zack what kind of birthday cake he wanted this year. He just looked at me, so I named a few off for him to choose from. Vanilla, Chocolate, Marble, Carrot... You know I was thinking of just picking up a sheet cake at the store.
He then said I will think about it and let you know.
The next day I had Paula Deen from the Food network on TV. I was not paying too much attention to the show but apparently Zack was because he started pointing to the TV and says "Mom that's it, that is the cake I want, I want that Chocolate Explosion Cake!" I looked up just in time to see her and her guests enjoying a delicious looking cheesecake.
I am pretty sure I did not mention cheesecake as one of the choices I listed for him.
Oh why oh why does my child have to love the finer things in life?
For the past few weeks I have been noticing my son is not hearing everything I say. I wondered many times if he was just using that all so powerful male selective hearing. If I was in the other room and said something to him in a normal tone of voice, it was a hit or miss if he responded to me.
I posted a question on a local mommies board that I belong to asking for recommendations on a doctor the specializes in pediatric hearing. I definitely do not want to take my child to just anyone, I want someone good.
That same day I was a bit rushed when dropping off Zack. I planned to ask his teacher if she has noticed any problems. I never had the chance to ask her. The following day when I went into the class to pick Zack up, the teacher pulled a note out of his folder and handed it to me. As I was opening it she explained to me her supervisor was going through the records of the students and Zack was up for a hearing screening. They screened him that afternoon and he failed the screening.
The speech/language teacher was just leaving the room and came over to talk with me. He failed in both ears. He failed to hear both the highest and lowest sounds. I let her know Kris and I were just discussing taking him to the doctor the day before.
She is going to test him again in two weeks. If he fails again then the audiologist for the school system will be contacted and we can take it from there or we can go elsewhere. I told her I would talk with Kris and see if we wanted to take him to the pediatrician before the next screening. So I made an appointment with the pediatrician. I am praying it is something as simple as a wax build-up in his ears. I do not want to take any chances with my childs hearing. After all this is the child that would wake up at the slightest sound while he was sleeping. No matter where he was in the house, he would hear me open the refrigerator and ask what I was eating. He did not miss a thing.
He had his hearing checked twice as a toddler, not because he was having problems hearing but because he was not talking and it was part of the therapy he received. There were no problems with his hearing then.
I hate having to wait for the appointment. In the mean time I will just pray there is nothing seriously wrong with his hearing.
Today Zack was sitting at the table eating his after school snack. He chose to have some Goldfish crackers in a small bowl. When he was almost finished, he accidentally knocked over the bowl spilling a few crackers onto the floor. I saw it just as it was hitting the floor, I looked up at him just as he slapped his hand to his forehead yelling "Son of a". Thank goodness he chose to leave the last part blank. I will admit when I do something stupid I normally say "Son of a" and I leave the last part blank. I never really pay much attention to what I am saying but apparently my child does. I really need to watch what I say around this kid!
I have been married to Kris for 10 years now. I have 2 boys, they are a bit separated in age but they love each other and that is all that matters.
David my oldest is married and has 3 children. Sometimes I miss having him home, sometimes not.
Zack is my youngest. He is 9 and very active. He doesn't sit still for anything. He is funny, loving and so darn cute. Don't tell anyone but I think I am going to have my hands full with this one. I always say if he was born first i never would have had a second.