Wild Boy is 7 today – 1/3 of the way to the legal drinking age.Last year, my post about Wild Boy’s birthday was about being 1/3 of the way to being a legal adult so I guess that it’s fitting that this year, I bring drinking into the equation.

This year that I felt the need to drink a little bit more as a parent.  If Wild Boy at 6 years old is any indication of what he’s going to be like as a teenager, I’m in a lot of trouble.  But until that time, I’ll just remember that the days are long but the years are so very short and remember some of the highlights from this year:

Birthday, 7th birthday


  • You are a green belt in Martial Arts and are determined to get to blue before the end of the year.
  • You and your best buddy in class won the Jog-A-Thon for the 1st grade (you did the equivalent of a 10K in an hour – which is faster than I run for sure).
  • The important toys went from Lego to Power Rangers to Ddjaki, Pokemon and Rainbow Loom right now.
  • Kale and broccoli are now foods you enjoy eating (thumbs up for this RD mom) and ice cream is something you don’t like so much.
  • You’re getting exposed to Jewish education twice a month (you’re already ahead of me in this department, kid).
  • Sports became a big deal this year – we even got a wall decal with your name on it and all the sports you like.  Basketball, handball, tetherball and soccer seem to be your favorites.  This is the year that baseball became boring.  We’ll see if you sign up for Little League next year.
  • Skateboarding now has priority over bike riding and the scooter, that’s so 5 years old.
  • You got a chance to stay up late, eat at Bottega restaurant’s private room and be a part of an adult evening.
  • We all got the chance to discover why Californians love camping at Pismo Beach
  • You got the chance to spend some time in the summer and at Thanksgiving in NY and say goodbye to our Brooklyn apartment.
  • According to you, shirts are now optional at home and friend’s houses.
  • Your current favorite song is “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons and you sing it all of the time.
  • Math is still your favorite subject.  You’re doing well but you’ve been told by your teacher that you need to slow down (and “swalllow your comments” in class)
  • Curse words were finally introduced.  I couldn’t help but laugh when you thought “shick” was a curse word.  You laughed when I told you what the true word meant.
  • You’ve instituted a nightly hug time, rarely sleep with Moo anymore (although he’s always on your nightstand) and have started shooing Jay and me away when we drop you off at school.
  • You told your first very big lie and got into a lot of trouble for it.  I’m not sure how deep the long term consequences will go but you’re learning what it’s like to grow up a little bit.


babydickey.com – Can I laugh at the name of the site?

I love you my energetic, passionate, sweet, smart, handsome and overly delicious child and although I’d like to keep you small forever, I’m thrilled to be your parent.