The only reason some of you read this blog

The only reason some of you read this blog are for stories like the one I’m about to share.  Many of you only read this blog to hear stories about my son.  Here are a few to hold you over until the next edition.  My son is 3 and he will turn 4 at then end of January, I tell you this so that you know he isn’t 15 which is an important factor for a couple of these stories – like this first one.

A couple of weeks ago we visited some friends who live in a nice neighborhood in Clinton.  Our son was playing in the front yard with a friend and apparently he needed to relieve himself because when we looked out the front door he was standing in the front yard, pants around his ankles, hands on his hips, back arched, rocking from side to side and projecting the most perfect arch you’ve ever seen.  Our friends were caught off guard but as a Dad I was really proud!

My son must have a food cache somewhere because he will go days on end without eating.  He will sit at the table at supper time pick at his food, slide his food from one side of the plate to the other and at times he will actually put food onto his fork and lift it from his plate but never actually place it into his mouth.  This will go on for days and then something happens – he begins to eat and eat and eat and eat.  After days of fasting, for personal or religious reasons I’m not quite sure, he will eat and when he does eat he eats everything he can get his hands on and this lasts for about three days.  Once the three-day binge is over he goes back on his fast.  Should I be worried that he has an eating disorder?

Speaking of eating…daycare was closed a couple of weeks ago and my Dad graciously volunteered to watch our son for the day.  The two of them traveled to Kansas City to take care of some business.  At lunch time my Dad asked our son what he wanted for lunch and he replied “Sushi”.  Really, sushi, of all things.  My Dad is a meat and potatoes guy and there’s no way he’s agreeing to sushi so he says “There’s not a sushi restaurant nearby”.  In a very dejected manner our son replies “OK, I guess I can eat something else”…

My wife and I have the pleasure of working with physicians every day and we hold physicians in high regard and I guess that has rubbed off on our son.  Last week he had an ear infection and we tried treating it at home but it continued to get worse so we had to see the doctor.  We told him that we were going to see the doctor and you’d have thought he was going to see Santa Claus.  His ear was so swollen and painful that it was difficult to get a shirt on him because the shirt passing over his ear caused excruciating pain.  When Dr. Woodland told him that he needed to look into his ear with the scope we thought “Good luck buddy, we can’t even get a shirt on the kid” but to our surprise our son said “OK, you can look cause you’re going to make it feel better”.  It didn’t work but at least he was willing to try…

One of my son’s favorite activities is to wrestle with me and to be honest it’s one of the highlights of my day as well.  We get onto the floor and we jump on one another and we act like we are beating each other up.  He will run across the room and tackle me or have me tackle him – it’s a blast.  We have a chair with an ottoman in our living room and he likes to get on the ottoman and then jump on me.  I usually catch him around the waist when he jumps and then lower him to the floor.  I don’t know if it was the adrenaline rush or all the physical training but he jumped higher than normal and when I reached to grab him I grabbed him around the legs instead of the waist which caused him to windmill to the floor and face plant on the carpet.  He immediately started to cry and he had a massive rug burn on one side of his face.   I felt bad and told him that we couldn’t play like that any longer at which point he started to cry even harder.  Being told he could no longer rough house was more painful than the actual body slam face plant to the floor.

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Operating Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. These are challenging and exciting times in healthcare and my blog will focus on healthcare, raising boys or being raised by boys, and living in mid America.
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