Asher recovered from his tonsillectomy, then recovered from his constipation that resulted from his tonsillectomy, and he's finally back to normal! While we were in California, Ryan's mom asked me if we'd noticed a difference in Asher since the surgery. Honestly, I hadn't really stopped and thought about that, but as I thought for a minute I realized that we had seen a huge improvement as far as energy levels go. Before the surgery, Asher would get very tired and grumpy by late afternoon. He would often be up in the night and would end up in our room, either to cuddle or just to be tucked back in. He had bags under his eyes all the time. And he snored like you wouldn't believe. Now he doesn't seem to have such a huge dip in energy in the afternoon--though he does still get a little grumpy sometimes ;) Since he recovered from the surgery, he has not been in our room even once in the night. His bags are gone. And he's so quiet in his sleep that I literally have to feel his back to make sure he's breathing! Some kids, before their tonsillectomy, get sick a lot or have trouble with strep. Asher wasn't ever sick often, so there hasn't been a change there--but Ryan and I agree that Asher is sleeping way better than he was, so hooray!
Think he liked his cake?
Turning five has boosted Asher's confidence. The other day I went to help him put on his sweater because the sleeves were inside out and I just assumed he'd need help. He pulled away and said, "Mom! I'm five now. I can do it!" And he totally did. Being 5 has spurred him to do things without help he never would have tried before.
He found instructions for building a camera in the lego magazine and built one himself! He added his own hinge piece so the camera opened.
Ironically, we were out riding as a family one day and Ryan and I were commenting on how Asher had improved and was crashing less. Literally less than two minutes later, Asher had one of his worst crashes yet, smashing his lip into either his bike or the ground. His lip was bleeding and he was screaming, and we'd all ridden our bikes to Reed's school so he had to ride all the way home! He did a great job, though, and once we got home we cleaned him up and cuddled some more.
I introduced Asher to the joys of peanut butter, honey, and banana sandwiches recently. He is my only peanut butter lover and I am happy to say he loved the sandwich as much as I do. We ran out of bananas because he and I were eating our PBHB's so often. After we ran out of bananas, Asher asked for a PBHB. When he found out we didn't have bananas, he had an idea: we could put frozen blueberries on the sandwich instead! I was skeptical, but let him try. (And of course, Lila wanted a jam honey with blueberries). He loved his creation and has eaten his PBHBlueberry a few times since. I haven't yet tried the PBHBlueberry, because it still makes me a littler nervous.
The other day, Asher was waiting for me to do a puzzle with him. I had some things I needed to finish first (which he knew). Anyway, by the time I finished he'd done an entire tricky 100-piece puzzle by himself! We did a puzzle together after but I was super impressed he'd done one by himself. Then, yesterday, he did our hardest 100-piece puzzle completely by himself!