Ultimatums

Silas has turned 5 and with that, he has learned to deliver out very severe ultimatums when he doesn’t get his way. The other night at Chic Fil A, a very tired Silas decided he wanted to watch Flushed Away when he got home. As it was already 8 PM, Tracy explained that we would not be watching Flushed Away, but would instead be going to sleep when we got home. Silas did not like that answer and began to explain to Tracy in a very serious manner, that if he did not allow him to watch Flushed Away, that Tracy would not be allowed to sleep again until we all watched the movie. Tracy explained to Silas that he was not the boss and could not tell us all what to do. This exchange went on for some time. Tracy won the battle and Silas ended up in tears. But, it hasn’t stopped him from thinking that his creative ultimatums will give him the results he wants.

Fortune Cookie Surprise

Davis qualified for gifted and talented this year. This was really an accomplishment for Davis since he didn’t qualify in second grade and many of his friends did. He is an overachiever and really struggled with the fact that his test scores missed the mark by one percentile point. So, this year we had him retested and sure enough, he made it. Since this was such a big deal, we decided to surprise him with the news. On a random weekday night, we headed to Osaka, Davis’s favorite restaurant. We took our time and enjoyed our meal, both boys eating enough noodles to make their bellies pop. At the end of the meal, the waitress brought over our fortune cookies. We cracked them open and Tracy read his silently. He immediately realized that he had Davis’s and handed the fortune slip over to him. It read, “Congratulations Davis, you made it into gifted and talented.” On the back, Chinese characters spelled out the word “Smart.” Davis read it and a slow smile spread across his face. Then, he looked at all of us, dumbfounded. “How did the people at Osaka find out that I qualified for GT?” he questioned. We, of course, had no idea. He said, “You guys called them ahead of time.” I had to explain that the people at Osaka speak very limited English and there’s no way we could have conveyed this information to them effectively. Try as he may, he could not figure out how this fortune came to be. It was a perfect way to surprise our little genius.

   
 

Silas – A Look Back at Year 4

On Passing Gas…
Silas calls passing gas, farting. He declares that he “just farted,” then takes a big whiff and says, “Smell the fresh air.”
Silas has no problem farting at will. Just yesterday it happened and I questioned, “Did you just fart?” His response, “It’s my secret formula.”

On Art…
Silas loves art. He will go the table all by himself and color or paint or work with his magnetic mosaic. He received lots of art supplies for Christmas. After opening them all, he declared, “This is the best Christmas ever!”
He’s very spatial. He sees faces and shapes and animals everywhere…faces in trees, ducks in his poop, and shapes in his food.

On Legos…
Silas can follow a Lego guidebook like he’s a Master Builder. Again, he will sit at the table, by himself, and create. Of course, our dining room table is always covered with these little blocks.

On Love…
Silas loves to be cuddled but hates being kissed, though he brags frequently about how many times Ivey has kissed him.
Ivey and Sunny Hannah, two girls at preschool, think Silas is amazing and have had physical altercations over who would sit beside him. He comes home and says, “Now I have 2 girls after me.”

On Disney…
Silas considered not going to Disney. He seriously took it under consideration when I offered that he could stay in Myrtle Beach with Ivey. He thought the drive was too long and not worth it. At Disney, he cried in the line of virtually every ride out of fear that the ride was going to be too fast or too scary. At the conclusion of every single ride, he leapt off and yelled, “THAT WAS AWESOME!”…every…single…one. His favorite was Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

On Baseball…
Silas has played 2 seasons of baseball. Each time, all of his coaches stand back, watch him hit the ball, say that he has the sweetest swing, and that they can’t wait to see where he will be when he’s older. Silas says, “I don’t like baseball. When are you signing me back up for gymnastics?”

On Food…
I always say that Silas only likes 5 things. We actually counted up one day the number of items that he will eat. We got to 19 which was a surprise to me. Even though he eats less than 20 food items, he enjoys making interesting combinations with those items. For example:
Strawberries and cous cous in a hard taco shell
Scrambled eggs dipped in yogurt

On Bedtimes Stories…
“How many books” he asks. “Two,” I say. “Why is always two? Why can’t we read more than two?” “Because I am falling asleep already,” always my response. So, his compromise is that he selects 2 books for me to read to him, then at least one more to just look at the pictures.

On Ice Bat…
Silas loves stuffed animals, but he loves Ice Bat the most and will not go to bed without him. He even wakes up in the middle of the night at times to make sure Ice Bat has enough covers.

On Games…
Silas is a board game master. He plays all sorts of games from CandyLand & UNO to Ticket to Ride & Takenoko (appropriate for ages 13 and up). Surprisingly, he has the patience and strategy of a much older child. He doesn’t always win, but he’s okay with that and declares, “I’ll win next time.”

Ever the Existentialist…
What if Ivey tried to pick me up, and then I tried to pick her up — and then we picked each other up at the same time?!?

I remember being pregnant with Silas, not an easy pregnancy due to my hands being numb all the time, and wondering, how in the world can I love another person like I love Davis. I thought it wasn’t possible. But, then Silas arrived. From the second I laid eyes on that boy, my heart has literally grown in its capacity for love. He completed our family when we didn’t even realize a piece was missing.