We Were Going To Call Him Stumpy

posted by Momo Fali on April 27, 2008

This is Tapper. Tapper is a finger splint, and is a new addition to our family. He is also our five year old son’s constant companion. So far, Tapper has gone with us to a First Communion and to a wedding rehearsal where he started acting up. As a matter of fact, if you asked the bride, she’d probably tell you that Tapper was quite a train wreck.

But on the wedding day, Tapper’s new Mommy discovered Benadryl. And, Benadryl made Tapper happy…and a little loopy. Suddenly, Tapper and son were all smiles and they thought the lights were very pretty. Did you know you can carry a ring bearer’s pillow like a football?

Today Tapper has one more party to attend, and he will probably spend the day tapping tables, and chairs, and people’s knees, and my glasses, and the bridge of my nose. If all goes well, we’ll be saying goodbye to him in 12 days, and this Mommy hopes she’ll never, ever hear tapping again.


  • Melisa

    I, for one, think it’s awesome that Tapper is perpetually happy.

  • Stacey @Real World Mom

    LOL! That’s too cute! Glad the wedding went smoothly!

  • Joeprah

    How could something with a hand drawn smiley face be a train wreck? How did this happen, did he somehow get into my house and attempt to pick up a brush?

  • Our Crooked Tree

    this reminds me of those experiments as school where you take home and egg and care for it; name it, feed it, bath it. in this case you are trying to get rid of it though ☺ glad things are looking up!

  • Redneck Mommy

    I just read your son’s ordeal. Ouch.

    Glad you are all holding up well.

    Take heart. At least you didn’t actually maim him like I did my daughter.

    When she was five I slammed the tractor’s door shut, with my daughter’s finger in it.


    It too was sewn back on. Looks okay now, just a little squished, but she has yet to let me live it down.

    ya. I’m momma of the year.

  • The Immoral Matriarch

    I’m too hurt that the boy of continual classic anecdotes has been injured to laugh.

    But it was funny.

  • Jo Beaufoix

    Tapper looks very cute, but I hope he is gone in 12 days too. Ouch.

  • The Laundress~JJ!

    Tapper does look quite dapper.

    Damn guilt.

    Understood. Totally.

  • suchsimplepleasures

    poor little finger!! bye tapper…good riddance!

  • Stella

    Tapper sounds like the life of the party!!

  • LaskiGal

    Awe . . . dapper Tapper . . . how cute!

  • Birdie

    hope dapper tapper keeps it’s fresh scent. I had one when I was a kid but it wasn’t dapper and it developed somewhat of a funk to my recollection.
    Love that little tux!

  • JaniceNW

    Oh my friend, you’re kidding yourself. You have a boy. In the next 10-15 years you’ll be hearing tapping, burping, farts, very loud thumps, screeches, laughter, giggles and all the other boy noises. Boys just cannot be quiet, especially in the 5-15 age bracket. Enjoy Mr. Benadryl for now while you can. Bwahahaha. Did I scare you? Cuz my plan was to really, really scare you.

  • Maureen

    Aw, what a cute face. Hope son is feeling better …

  • momto4kidsny

    Tapper is cute with the Tux! Be thankful that Son is keeping Tapper on! And hopefully Tapper will be gone in 12 days!!

  • derekandmandy

    Here’s hoping that Tapper makes a discreet, silent exit stage left veeerrrry soon.
    Glad to see smiles, at least! 🙂

  • meleah rebeccah

    Heres hoping the benadryl never stops having magical effects on Tapper

  • Jaina

    Glad to hear he’s doing well and that you’ve found something to make it hurt less. Benadryl just knocks me out! I hope you never have to hear the tapping ever again after this. Glad to hear you sounding a little better now too! 🙂

  • HRH

    I love the dapper side of tapper.

  • AlisonH

    Best wishes to the bride and groom!

  • BusyDad

    Protect that pillow at all costs. Until the wedding is over and you can spike it.

  • Roz

    I am really glad you didn’t have to call him “Stumpy”!

    And of course this happened when you were out of town AND on the eve of a wedding! Sheesh.

    Way to hang in there, Momo!

  • Xbox4NappyRash

    I think social services need a call

  • Hottdog

    I love Tapper!

  • holly

    you know if he dances while he taps he’ll be a . . .


  • transfattyacid

    Let’s hope tapper does the trick.

  • Michael C

    Nice to meet ya, Tapper!!

  • Jeremy (Discovering Dad)

    As a former accident-prone (try-anything-first) child, I can relate. Hope the finger heals well!

  • Deb

    So YOU’RE the mom with the mythical child who responds to Benadryl!!! I’m so jealous.

    I hope Tappy disappears as quickly as he arrived.

  • Misty

    poor kid, but Tapper sure seems to be the life of the party!

  • chefmom

    What a trooper!!!! I love “Tapper”!

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