The Life of a Rascal

In my last post, I talked about how blessings can be exhausting.  That doesn’t make them any less of a blessing…if anything it’s the opposite in that blessings make the exhaustion a little more tolerable.

How hard is it to not find the joy in hearing a quiet voice talking to himself in the bathroom, “not very safe, Owen” as he’s doing this (Yes, I did have, do I grab the camera or not moment).

DSC_0361You might notice that there isn’t any toilet paper on that holder that’s being used as a step up to the sink.  That would be because half the roll is unwound in a pile on the floor.  It’d be half in the toilet and half on the floor, but I finally smartened up and got those toilet locks that I always thought only over-zealous parents used.  I now know that those toilet locks are important for over-zealous parents and parents of rascals who cannot be deterred from the toilet no matter what.  Let’s just say we’re down an ipod, several combs, toys and we’ve scrubbed many of toilet dunked hands.  Rascal.

Need more proof he’s becoming a rascal?

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Taking a rascal in public isn’t always a wise decision.  Late in January Owen and I were invited to speak at the Minneapolis/St. Paul March of Dimes kick off meeting.  Fortunately we were stuck in terrible traffic and we showed up for only the second half of the event.  Owen saw his picture on the tables and clearly thought he owned the place as he walked through all the tables and kept running out of the room yelling, “elevator, elevator!”  (He’s obsessed with elevators and has nearly sneaked off on one more than once.)  By the time it was my turn to present, I had completely forgotten what I was supposed to say and was out of breath from chasing him away from the elevator.

This weekend we’re going to give it a try again…only it’ll be on live TV.  (KSTP between 8:30-9:00 on Sunday, 3/23 for those of you who are local).  I’m already praying that Owen doesn’t come out with his still-favorite-word, “damn it”.  Aye-aye-aye, can you imagine?  The only upside that I can think is that maybe a video like that would go viral and the March of Dimes will get some extra donations.

As I said at the kick off meeting back in January (once I caught my breath), when it takes all the extra time and effort Owen has given to being able to become a rascal, well, it’s pretty hard to not cheer through the exhaustion.

Either way, wish me luck on Sunday, cause I’m going to need it with this rascal!




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8 thoughts on “The Life of a Rascal

  1. Tatum,
    Love this post. Such a valid point, becoming a rascal is cause for celebration. I was interviewing a mother of a child with significant health needs and asked if she thought her son was tuning into her tone of voice and I used the example of saying “no no”. She thought for a moment and said, “I have not had to say that to him yet”. He was limited in his ability to explore and get into things because of tubing and machines. She decided right then and there that one of her goals was for him to get into mischief so she would have to say “no no”. We were very happy when he moved into the mischief maker stage, it meant he was meeting many milestones along the way. She sent me a picture of one of the moments, he had unrolled the entire roll of toilet paper and had it wrapped all around him. She was very happy to have to start mischief proofing the house, I think she also had to invest in the toilet thingies. So here’s to getting into mischief and being a rascal! By the way, Owen is an awfully cute rascal. Good luck with the interview, I will try to remember to tune in that day.

  2. Tatum, I remember when my son didn’t speak and when he did he was a chatty Kathy during times I wanted quiet. There were many times I had to remind myself how much I couldn’t wait for him to speak! Owen is an incredible boy and I believe he will be a very determined and successful man. Amazing to watch his progress and growth! So glad he has the ability to be a rascal!

  3. Tatum,

    Delighted to see Owen’s progress, hopefully in a few years we’ll be followign it with Alexander. Your blog posts really have helped us and given us a lot of inspiration.


  4. Loved your interview! My 25-weeker and I watched it and cackled with delight when Owen put the microphone to his ear like it was a telephone. What a cutie! And I’m impressed with your focus and eloquence – being on camera can be intimidating, especially when you’ve got kids running around, but you did great! Yay March of Dimes!

  5. It is soooo good to see pictures of your little rascal looking so cute and mischievous! Clearly, HE isn’t depressed. It’s been a tough winter all around. How depressing to see more snow today! I hope it won’t be long until you are also feeling more liberated and mischievous yourself. Taking care of ourselves is important at every age and stage of life. Remember, it’s a journey, not a destination…and sunshine does help, in my opinion. Also warmth. I’m ready for it!

  6. I’m cracking up because we don’t have any tp on our roll either – and never do because leaving it on the roll is a guaranteed way to end up with it all over the floor. Instead, it’s high up where little hands can’t get it and put it in the toilet or unroll it all over the house.

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