Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy pre-birthday to Max

Max knows his birthday is coming next month, which is rather awesome because it's clear he's understanding the concept of the future, one of the stages of learning.

It's not gifts he's so excited about, or even the purple-centric party we're having at a local art studio. It's the cake. Specifically, a Cars 2 ice-cream cake.

We were at Cold Stone Creamery last weekend. Max spotted a sign advertising a cake. He had his milkshakes (three, of course), then absconded with the placard. Yeah, I let him do it, which means I aided and abetted him. It's been sitting at our kitchen table ever since, right in front of the gigantic purple bowl, Max's little shrine. Yesterday, he took the sign to school with him.

When Max is at home, approximately every 7 minutes he tells me, "Cars 2 ice-cream cake," just in case I've forgotten from when he reminded me seven minutes ago. When he walks into our room in the middle of the night to crash in our bed (yeah, still happening), he peers at me in the dark and says "Ars ooo I eee aay."

Both kids seem to have the repetition gene. This morning, Sabrina woke up and informed me she needed one of those feathers you put in your hair, like her friend K has. Then she asked me a dozen times whether we could get one today. There's this old Raymond Carver story titled "I Heard You Twice The First Time." With my kids, it's more like I heard you twenty times the first time.

Anyway, Max's awesome music therapist, Joanne, decided to make up a song about the Cars 2 ice-cream cake, and Sabrina accompanied them on violin.

I melted.


  1. It is 8am and I already know that your video is going to be the BEST thing I watch all day today. That was awesome! What a trio!


  2. Fab video (she's a good'n).
    Will he let anyone actually eat the cake though? Lol

  3. OMG, that was wonderful! Max was having fun, wasn't he? And do tell Sabrina what a great job she did accompanying, and that she is growing more confident and beautiful by the day--I just love her personality!

    Whatever you do, don't get her purple hair feathers-that would cause World War Three to erupt, I suspect. I know they make them in pink and green (guess who had some last summer?), as well as other colors.

  4. That is awesome! What a wonderful therapist, and Sabrina is the best sister :) She sounded great on the violin.

  5. Great video! Watching it made my day! :)

  6. Ellen, this birthday anticipation doesn't get any better with age! Billy's 56 birthday will be in January. He is not supposed to mention it until after Christmas, but today he said to our part-time housekeeper, "You need to be here on January 28 because I am sure there will be a lot of dirty dishes that night!"

  7. I'm still smiling from that video. I love it when Max belts out singing. The three of them were magic. Great stuff :)

  8. Aunt Judy and GrandmaNovember 11, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    What an amazing performance by everyone!!

    Max sang along very nicely and Sabrina was very poised and focused.

  9. Ellen! I read Max's birth story, oh god.. I could relate to it in so many ways. My son suffered from meconium aspiration syndrome when he was born, had to stay in the hospital for almost a month and the outcomes from all that were never clear to us.
    Now, he is 2, we just found out he has developmental delays and ataxia. He doesn't walk well. I am still working on his birt story on my blog, so painful even to remember..
    I love that I found your blog. Thank you so much for sharing. I praise you for being such a strong woman! And Max is so lucky for having you as his mom.
    What an amazing video! thank you again..
    Have a beautiful weekend.

  10. Great video I can't stop smiling :)


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