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Thursday, December 04, 2008

5 Years Old Today [tfu, tfu, tfu]

[A guest post by Zahava... with the full approval and endorsement of the management]

This morning, as I kissed Yonah on his keppi (Yiddish: head) and wished him a 'Happy Birthday!' , his usual morning scowl (this kid, like his Ima, is most definitely NOT a morning person) melted into the broadest grin his face could possibly contain, as he squealed, “Oooooh! Ima! I’m not four-and-a-half any more! I’m FIVE!”

As followers of this blog know, this exchange is not one which could be taken for granted... nor could it have even taken place a year ago. Yonah’s developmental progress since his surgery in May has been in overdrive as he instinctively strives to 'make up for lost time'.   

David and I are blown away by his progress, and are enjoying watching a sweet-natured, thoughtful, and often very funny boy emerge from his shell.

Yonah

We are very grateful to HaShem for entrusting this precious neshama (soul) into our care. We are also so grateful to the professional staff at his gan for helping him (and us) understand Yonah’s world better.

Yonah, you keep us on our toes, kid... you really do (and we wouldn’t have it any other way!). Happy birthday! And many, many happy returns! [tfu, tfu, tfu]

Posted by David Bogner on December 4, 2008 | Permalink

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Mazal Tov to the proud parents and many more Happy Birthdays! (Tfu tfu)

Posted by: Jacob da Jew | Dec 4, 2008 9:54:43 AM

Happy Birthday, Yonah ! (Tfu, tfu )

Posted by: Jany | Dec 4, 2008 10:08:09 AM

Happy Birthday Yonah.

Posted by: Jack | Dec 4, 2008 10:32:10 AM

Happy birthday Yonah! I am glad to see that he is developing into a fine and happy young boy.

Posted by: Ilana-Davita | Dec 4, 2008 10:37:59 AM

What a lovely photo. Happy Birthday Jonah!

Posted by: Noa | Dec 4, 2008 11:06:09 AM

Oops, sorry, I hit the wrong key. Happy Birthday Yonah!

Posted by: Noa | Dec 4, 2008 11:07:14 AM

Ricki also had surgery for sleep apnea (which is commen in kids with Down syndrome) several years ago, and the results were dramatic.(Not only in hearing, but in behavior.) But we finally after several hearing tests, realized that it was not enough-- she apparently has some "constant" hearing loss (also common in kids with DS), and had to get a hearing aid for her left ear. Again, her speech improved. Glad the surgery helped.Happy birthday!

Posted by: rickismom | Dec 4, 2008 11:23:41 AM

Mazal Tov, lehitraot, ad meah v'esrim, and all that. What a handsome young lad (tfu, tfu).

I actually remember the morning of my fifth birthday - over half a century ago - fairly clearly. May Yonah have sweet memories of this day for many, many years to come.

Posted by: Elisson | Dec 4, 2008 1:14:17 PM

Happy Birthday to Yonah!!

Posted by: tnspr569 | Dec 4, 2008 1:23:46 PM

I have heard that there is a tradition in Judaism that before they're born, children choose their own parents. While that may be hard for some people with difficult filial relationships to explain, I suspect it's much easier in the Bogner family. May Yonah continue to grow in health and happiness, and may you continue to enjoy nachas from him.

Posted by: Shimshonit | Dec 4, 2008 1:31:06 PM

Happy Birthday to Yonah - i was so privileged to have gotten the chance to meet him when he was four and a half and he was darn tooting cute then, so i can imagine that now at 5 he must be extra special delicious!! Mazel tov Z and D on raising such a fine family. you guys rock!

Posted by: Hadassah | Dec 4, 2008 1:51:19 PM

Happy birthday, Yonah, and mazal tov!

Posted by: Rahel | Dec 4, 2008 2:02:35 PM

happy 5th, Yonah! :)

Posted by: val | Dec 4, 2008 2:15:24 PM

Happy Birthday to Yonah! Please give him a big hug from me and LO.

Posted by: orieyenta | Dec 4, 2008 3:56:53 PM

How beautiful..!
Yom Huledet Sameach, Happy 5th birthday Yonah!

Posted by: Ahuva | Dec 4, 2008 4:43:21 PM

Happy Birthday, Yonah! Mazel Tov, David & Zahava!

Posted by: SaraK | Dec 4, 2008 5:09:26 PM

Hey Yonah! Happy birthday from California! Five is much, much bigger than four. And to David & Zahava, warm greetings and felicitations.

Posted by: Liz Ditz | Dec 4, 2008 5:54:05 PM

Mazal tov!

Posted by: triLcat | Dec 4, 2008 6:20:12 PM

Awwwww! So cute!

Happy Birthday, Yonah!

Posted by: Baila | Dec 4, 2008 7:08:00 PM

happy birthday yonah! i'm sure this year will be a terrific one for you and your family. i wish we could see how you celebrated today! (that is a well disguised request for more pictures!)

Posted by: Debbie | Dec 4, 2008 7:23:34 PM

happy birthday you little cutie!

Posted by: weese | Dec 4, 2008 7:48:23 PM

Happy Birthday!!!

Posted by: Imshin | Dec 4, 2008 8:24:05 PM

Yom Huledet Sameach Ad 120!

Posted by: QuietusLeo | Dec 4, 2008 9:53:58 PM

Thank you for the great news !!! I am so glad the surgery helped. Little Yonah has melted my heart since the story of him greeting folks on the walk to school.

Posted by: joyce | Dec 4, 2008 10:04:16 PM

What a cutie!!

Happy Birthday!!

Posted by: Sara | Dec 5, 2008 1:48:47 AM

Happy Birthday, Yonah! And many happy returns! :)

Posted by: Irina | Dec 5, 2008 2:35:36 AM

happybirthdaytoyouyouliveinazooyouLOOKLIKEAMONKEYandyousmelllikeonetoo!

andmanymoooooore,onChannelFooooore....

Posted by: Wry Mouth | Dec 5, 2008 3:23:33 AM

To Shimshonit..there is NO WAY I would have picked my parents, where did you read that narishkeit??
Happy Birthday to Yonah!!

Posted by: Marsha in Englewood | Dec 5, 2008 4:33:39 AM

yomooledet sameach yonah! as much as i think i love a certain stage in childhood development, i always discover that whatever stage my kids are in is my favorite!

may yonah go from strength to strength "ad 120!"

Posted by: nikki | Dec 5, 2008 12:29:46 PM

Happy birthday Yonah!

Aryeh says happy birthday too. :)

Posted by: uberimma | Dec 5, 2008 5:58:50 PM

Happy bday Yonah! :D So cute!

Posted by: Chantal | Dec 6, 2008 12:45:59 AM

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