I can't believe I lucked out on this meme and came up with this picture!! You know this meme, you go to your sixth folder, go to the next 6th folder and then take the 6th photo in that folder.
This is my darling middle son, Destructo, taken in 2005 not too long before he turned three years old. In fact, he is almost *to the day* the same age the Animal is right now! Strange how these memes work out sometimes, no? This happens to be one of my favorite all-time photos of little Destructo because it was taken before he took a flying leap off the play structure at school and bit through his bottom lip (which has never looked the same) and because it is a rare photograph of him with both eyes open (he's a blinker) and all his intelligence and vivacity really seems on display for the camera which he is really connecting with.
Looking at the picture a little closer, it also makes me recall all the rough times we had with Destructo around this time, too. He was still getting a nebulizer for his asthma every day and we were trying to switch him over to a puffer around this time. A nebulizer, for those of you who have not had an infant with asthma or pneumonia, is a small air compressor attached to a mask that you hold over your baby's mouth and nose so they can breathe in an atomized medicine like albuterol. Destructo would get so sick every time he got a cold; it was like whatever bug was in him would instantly gravitate to his lungs and settle there to make him cough and wheeze. You can see the little dark circles under his eyes in this picture!
Even though our old allergist told us "not to bet on it" when we asked if he could outgrow his asthma, his diagnosis was finally removed this fall. Turns out his allergy to mold is off the charts and it was causing him to cough- a cough almost identical to his asthmatic cough that he used to get as a toddler. :) A zyrtec a day keeps that cough away now, but I'll never forget sitting and watching Baby Einstein or the Teletubbies with my sweet little Destructo calm and snuggly in my lap while he patiently breathed in his medicine.
Thank you so much to Rae over at Us In Tejas for tagging me on this meme! And, of course, there is the awesome originator of the Thousand Word Thursday at Cheaper than Therapy (and then go check out TheMomJen's new review site Therapeutic).