Malachy had an awesome Christmas, with lots of holiday gifts and cheer. During dinner, he kept making a toast. He said, “Listen, listen, everyone. Let’s toast to Peace on Earth!” He just loved the sound of it, and so did we.
Earlier in the day, I made a visit to Jimmy. Before I left, I told Malachy I was going to see him, and he said, “Daddy, take good care of Mr. Jimmy.” I nearly teared. When I went up to see him, it wasn’t looking good at all. An hour ago, I just found out he’s now on life support. The one big Christmas wish I had… He always gave to others, helped everyone, put others first. At a loss for words right now…
When I think about all that I have, it becomes apparent how fortunate and blessed I am. Malachy has been up and down with his colds and coughs, and he’s becoming more and more… let’s say, “determined!” When he wants something, it’s hard to convince him otherwise. (i.e., TANTRUMS AND MELTDOWNS) This morning, he wanted a bagel (among other things, of course). Well, we didn’t have any bagels in the house. So, he cried and he yelled and he cried. I sat him down and here was Dad explaining to a 3-year-old that you can’t always get what you want as soon as you want it. His reasoning was that he likes bagels and therefore, he had to have a bagel. So, I gave him a plan (inspired from Agent Oso). Step One, take a deep breath and calm down. Step Two, apologize to Mom for getting so worked up and demanding what wasn’t possible. And, Step Three, we’d go together to get a bagel. (The beauty of living 2 blocks from the Bialy Store) So, the moral of the story is… Never be bagel-less, cuz you just never know… 😉
Halloween lasted two days this year because it was on a Saturday, and everyone started the celebrations on Friday. So, Malachy had a blast at school with a Halloween Parade around Chinatown and Halloween activities all day at school. On Saturday, he woke up at 6:30am, not feeling so great. After nap, it was even worse because he complained of his ear hurting. He never did that before, so we had a strong feeling he had some kind of ear infection. It was confirmed today when we went to the doctor’s. Having your child get sick is one of the hardest things because you see them suffer and you want so much for everything to just be okay again. This morning, he woke up at 6am crying and crying. Shien went right into Mommy mode and was able to calm him and soothe him. One thing that us dads lack… the Mommy touch. Hopefully, all will be better in a few days.
Another thing that we have been contemplating about, along with every other parent, is the question of whether or not he should get the H1N1 flu shot. He already got the regular flu shot. It puzzles me because we never received flu shots as kids. Now, if we don’t, it’s like we’re doing something wrong or not taking all the precautions to keep our children safe. I guess one big difference is that Malachy is in school and is exposed to a lot more germs than I was as at that age. More kids = more likely to catch something.