Rakes started his last year of pre-school today; next year I'll have my daughter in middle school, my son in Kindergarten, and no idea how it all went by so fast.
One day he's small enough to hold in one hand and the next he's one year away from terrorizing the local Elementary School. Don't know if I've ever mentioned this, but he's sort of a walking miracle; when they went to break Ang's water with him, there was no water to break. Sometime before we went to the hospital, she had leaked out all the fluid protecting him. PLUS the fact when he was being delivered, the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck. He was 5 lbs when he was born and 4 lbs 6 ounces when we brought him home.
We had no idea if he had suffered any kind of brain damage or physical harm, but the Doc kept telling us he would be fine; other than being in about the 5th percentile when it comes to height and weight, he IS just fine. Which is another reason why I love The Munchkin so much; he's the ideal role model for Rakes as he grows up. Undersized and counted out, he's leading the league in hits, average, runs, and trash talk; giving hope to short people everywhere is just a bonus.
Tonight, I kept trying to ask Rakes what he did at school today; the most I got was he had a cheese stick and yogurt for a snack, almost DIED on the playground because it was so hot, and is apparently a tad miffed he didn't get to go to the Scholastic Book Fair because, in his words, "The FIRST kids dot to do, Dad. I was MAD."
He did make me giggle by walking up to his Mom and asking the following:
Rakes: "You know who bears bomens underwear, Mom?"
Ang: "Who, Rakes?"
Rakes: "Derek Jeter" (followed by a giggle fit by him AND me along with a high five)
I guess the first day of school wore him out; Ang took this picture as she walked by us while I was reading "Dad, Jackie, and Me" to him at bedtime....
My favorite part of the picture? His left arm wrapped around my right.
Man, do they grow up fast; I need a pause button for my life.
Sox lead 11-1, Yankees are beating the Rays, Twins are losing to the Jays, and Rakes JUST about made me tear up.
All in all, I'd say it was a good day.
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