2. At dinner it was Trooper's turn to pray, and as often happens, he had a lot more to say than thanks for the food. It had been a day full of rough patches, and he prayed (among other things), "I'm sorry that I was mean to Mommy this morning in the car."
After his prayer, I told him that I forgave him, and that it was a sweet prayer.
He said, "Wait, I have more to say!"
We tried to tell him to eat his dinner, but he persisted, so we all paused again for prayer part two.
"Dear God, thank you that Mom forgave me and thank you that she made this dinner. Amen."
3. Later, during the meal, he said, "Mom, I think you should stop taking your pill so you can get fat. I mean, pregnant."
"But I want a baby brother!"
"No. There are better ways to get a brother. And we're not getting a baby."
4. Since Trooper has gotten better at reading, he's been paying more attention to the sounds that make up words, and the similarities between words. This is mostly fun, but sometimes it's also big trouble. For example, he noticed that the first sounds of the word 'ship' are the same as the first sounds of another word that he isn't allowed to say and that he thinks is hilarious. So he started looking at me with that mischievous expression he gets and saying, "Sssshhhhiiii… Ssshhhiiii… (break for a maniacal chuckle) Ssshhhiiii…p." Then he laughs like crazy and starts over, only he doesn't always end it with a 'p'.