X is recovering from hand, foot, and mouth disease, a.k.a. Coxsackie virus. Red blisters all over his body, including inside his mouth. X is a tough little guy, but he has been miserable. The first day or two, I thought it was because one of his incisors is growing in and I was surprised at how much it was affecting him. When K got his back molars we had two weeks of fevers and crying, but X grew all of his molars with maybe a slight temporary increase in crankiness. We barely noticed. It all made sense on day three when the sores started appearing.
K is starting kindergarten this week! He had his pre-K graduation last Friday, which was the most adorable thing I've ever seen in my life. All the kids come shuffling in, wearing little caps and gowns, and stand in a line. They grin and make faces at their parents, or whisper and nudge each other, or look at the floor and wish for it to end. The teacher reads a short speech about how much she'll miss them. Then she turns on a CD and the strains of a ballad fill the air. The children open their mouths... and start shouting in unison, "THESE ARE THE MOMENTS!!! MOMENTS WE SHARE!!!" All the parents are simultaneously crying and failing to suppress our laughter as our kids sincerely belt out their graduation song. Then each kid in turn gets a diploma and shakes hands with the teacher while the parents have a photo op. Finally, the kids proudly go to their parents and the party starts. With ice cream cake!
And JW and I recently celebrated our tenth anniversary with a night out on the town. We had a lovely dinner and K made us a card with a picture of a tiger.