We tried something new with Ripken this morning.  Instead of waking him up by carrying him out to the living room and putting him in front of the television, I went into his room at 6:30, sat on his bed, and started reading books.   He kind of woke up and looked at me very groggily, probably trying to figure out what I was doing.  When I finished the first book (it was a short one), I was about to start another one – but he was awake enough at that point to tell me he wanted me to read a different one.  So we read a Halloween story book together, and took time to remember things we’ve done in the past at Halloween time.   Definitely a much better way to get started in the morning…

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