Roscoe did indeed make it home for the weekend. David reached the milestone of his 19th month while “Daddy” was home. Without an exchange of letters, the only remaining details of the weekend were recorded in the baby book.
April 23, 1944
David’s 19th month – 26 1/2 libs – 33 3/4″ tall
Daddy is on duty at Great Lakes (reported Apr. 13) and got to come home for the weekend – was home the 23rd the day David was 19 months old. We took some pictures of Daddy and David together. David has learned to say, “No” and shake his head accordingly when asked if he wants to be put in his bed for misbehavior. He is saying Mammy at present for Mother but we hope to teach him to say Mother correctly. He says “tee” for train. He doesn’t try to tell us when he has to toidey. Still has [to] wear thumb guards – Apr. 24 – David doesn’t wear thumb guards now – We put “Thum” on his thumbs and he quit putting them in his mouth – Now wears training panties but doesn’t cooperate much. Apr. 26 – climbed up on the radio in John and Mark’s room, pulled it over on himself – cut his lip and had to have two stitches taken. One upper front tooth is pushed back out of line.
© 2016 Deborah Sweeney
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“We put “Thum” on his thumbs and he quit putting them in his mouth….” This was a bitter-tasting product meant to thwart thumb-sucking. But they were using it on me long after I was 19-months old.
“Apr. 26 – climbed up on the radio in John and Mark’s room, pulled it over on himself – cut his lip and had to have two stitches taken.” I STILL have the visible scar from that….to this day. That incident became part of the family lore. As also did the photo of me in the playpen trying to touch the shrub.