When I Grow Up

“When I grow up I want to be an ambulance driver, a helicopter pilot, a nurse, and a doctor.”

I wonder why he would ever say such a thing? You think we’ve been at the hospital much lately?

He also said to me, “Ya know, I’d really like to have a suction machine for my birthday!”

I said, “Why do you need a suction machine?”

“For G-tube bear.”

Well, of course he does. Doesn’t every kid?

I can’t believe my big kid is about to turn four on Sunday. He’s grown up so much in the last few months. He had an independent spirit before Nathan came along but taking on the role of big brother has just made it stronger. He wants to pick out his own clothes and dress himself (he chooses some interesting outfits let me tell ya), fill his own water cup, get his own snack, clear his own dishes from the table, go potty by himself, and put on his own shoes. He is even so good at imaginary play alone. However, “Mommy, would you like to play with me?” is something I hear multiple times a day. We play together just fine as long as I’m playing by his rules. And we usually play something along the lines of doctor using real syringes, tongue depressors, g-tube extensions, and gloves. He’s a typical firstborn boy in oh so many ways. Well, except for wanting a suction machine that is.

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