Toby is turning four in a few weeks. I can’t believe it! He’s in such a funny in-between phase of childhood. Sometimes it feels like I’m talking to a likeminded friend—and he’ll use words like “actually” and “eventually” and “so, anyway…” But then, he’ll do something that reminds me how small and innocent he is, like when he plays with his imaginary friend Dun Dun or gets scared of his shadow. Here are a few sweet things he’s said recently…

Man at the airport: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Toby (after thinking it over seriously): A dinosaur.

“Look! There’s the Statue of Literby!”


Toby’s preschool teacher got married this winter, and ever since, he has been obsessed with weddings. He proposes to our babysitter, he tries on my wedding ring, he wants to look at our wedding photos every night before bed. His teachers recently wrote in his weekly school report, “We enjoyed watching Toby play. He went on a date and got engaged.” Yes. Of course he did. :)

“Daddy, are you having wine?”
“But don’t drink all the wine! You have to save some for Mommy!”

Toby’s birthday wishlist:
1. A real duck
2. A birthday cake
3. A drum set
4. A real house
5. Matzah crackers
6. A tool set
7. A sports jacket (for weddings)
8. A puzzle
9. A toy truck
10. A real truck

Toby to Alex, very seriously: “Do the Forty-Niners pee?”

After a brutal winter, we went for our first long bike ride, and as the wind swept through our hair, we both felt revitalized. Suddenly I heard him yell from the bike seat behind me: “Mama, I love bike rides! I love you!!! I love ALL THOSE THINGS!!!!!”

“Daddy, what kind of instrument is that?” —at the Natural History Museum, when we walked by a painting of a man holding a musket.

The other day, he held Anton’s little cap in his arms and told me, “This is my baby, and she misses her cousins.” And then he started whispering to the hat: “I know, I know you miss your cousins. I know. But we will see your friends today, and they are really nice.”

I love this little boy so much! Never grow up, Toby:)

What sweet things have your kids been chatting about recently? What are they into? I’d love to hear…

P.S. Toby in conversation as a two-year-old and three-year-old and three-and-a-half-year-old. And his first day of school. And I can’t believe he was ever this little :)