I have yet to get too sappy about my boy growing up, until this year. This 3-4 has been the BEST , most FUN year with him yet, and it makes me sad to put a bow on it. You can literally see the transition from little boy to KID. And what a KID he is!! He is so full of personality and creativity and sweetness and ENERGY. I see lots of my dad in him, and lots of Erik too.
( will update after his 4 yr check up)
Clothes: 4T is a perfect Fit, but buying 5 for fall. Shoes are 12.5 or 13
- Dressing himself. He could do it before but refused. It was a crazy screaming scene to get dressed last year, and now he wants to do it himself. hooray for progress!
- Counting to over 100
- Speaking random languages he picks up off you tube.
- Saying the ABC's backwards and at warp speed
- talking about every shape under the sun and how many sides it has. I don't know where all this obsession comes from. He memorizes EVERYTHING. Decagon anyone?
- He is just now getting into storyline type play. I think little girls do it at like 2, but I have noticed him lately acting out scenes with his toys, and generating a whole story and plot. So funny and cute!
- Social behaviors have come a long way! I have witnessed him several times just go up to a kid and ask their name and then say " You wanna pway _____ whiff me?" Generally gets along with most kids now ( instead of pushing on the playground etc).
Sleep: Bedtime these days is 7:30-8pm. We have bent on that a lot this summer and live to pay for it. He gets super whiney and difficult on lack of sleep. He wakes up about 6:30 am every day. We are back to using the Tot clock to try and keep him in his bed till 7am. NO NAPS! What used to be my daily moments of heaven, are now avoided like the plague because if he naps he will be up till midnight.
Gone are the days of easy bedtime too I think, he has been protesting and crying and acting all kinds of fool when we say its bedtime. He also wants us to lay down with him, and not all nights but most will cry out for me about 4am-ish.
He has told me recently that he is " scared of the dark" when I asked why or what he was talking about , he told me " a giant beetle bug and a giant ant live in my closet and come out when it is dark" So I opened the closet and sprayed lavender water AKA Giant bug spray and told him they died. He seemed really satisfied with that and said " Thank you so much momma"
He will be attending Harpeth Hills Church of Christ Mother's Day Out Program again this year, 3 days a week. That place is amazing and was such a blessing to us last year during our tough months of transition. I am so excited for him to return now as the bright and well mannered little boy instead of the wild one who disrupts the class every day.
You tube. I do not know how he discovered or learned to navigate you tube, but he masters it and learns SO much on there. Both random and useful knowledge but I say this first because all of his interest are things he picked up on you tube. Busy Beavers is his fav. you tube channel, full of educational songs.
I thought we had managed to skip the train obsession but I guess not. He is SO into them now. He watches all these Thomas the Train videos made by this random dad and his son and he knows all the names of the trains and such and so I bought him a huge grab box off craigslist and he plays with them, basically all day long.
Marble Run. Another you tube sensation and mostly is an asian thing I think. He watches these videos of these Asian kids making marble runs and they always say something, in what I think is chinese and he will say those same things when he plays with his marble run. As soon as I can find those videos again, I plan to share them so y'all can tell me what they are saying!
Kinder Eggs. I had never heard of them till he discovered on youtube, then I asked about them in instagram and you guys educated me! Italian or european chocolate eggs with small toys inside. Super hard to get in the US but we managed to get some for his birthday and that blew his mind.
He has always liked play dough but even more so now that he has watched people narrate making all these items on youtube out of play dough. so weird.
Magnet Blocks, blocks of any kind are still pretty fun. He is starting to show interest in super heroes and disney characters which he also , You guessed it, learned about on you tube. and all that sounds like he watches a ton of you tube, but he doesn't. he will be really into it for a day or 2, then not pick it up for a week or 2. But when he watches it, he REALLY absorbs.
It's just like most of you always told me! It's hard to believe there were ever days of him not talking.He talks NON stop. and if he is not talking, he is singing. He still has a lisp with certain words which is so cute to me, but I know I need to start correcting it. Generally " L" is hard for him and is said like a " w". He also has some Fenn-isms which I can kind of get used to and not notice but since we have a regular nanny around this summer, she notices them, which makes me notice them.
"Carrage" = Garage "duck pie" = fudge round " ssert" = dessert
Right when he is getting in trouble he looks at me and says " But mom, i fink I wuv you"
Regularly he tells me " just a wittle minute momma"
He has been calling me " Honey Mom" which made me DIE laughing the first night he broke that out. " OKAAAAAAY Honey.. mom" the inflection was awesome. I don't know who he picked that up from, because Erik and I say " bubs" not honey. HA
Octonauts are finally starting to appeal to him.
Baby Einstein. He still loves these!
Jake & The Neverland Pirates
The Little Critter Series Dominates us for the past 6 months. CoCo gave him a Little Critter Anthology back in January and he loved it so much we bought several more from the series.
"Just me and My Mom"
"Just me and my dad"
" Just a Little Storm"
"Just a Little Music"
" The Best Yard Sale Ever"
And some random books we get from the Dolly Pardon Imagination Library Mailing. Luke goes to Bat, Molly Lou Melon, Ladybug Girl..
We have made some good progress with eating this year, but it is still no where near where I want to be. I have been mulling over the idea of throwing down the hammer, rather than catering to all his food preferences. Not sure yet.
He currently eats " Lucky Charms, Pizza, Apple Sauce, Yogurt, Honey, Turkey ( but only boars head with a pepper mill edge), buffalo pretzels, Sweet Potato Mash Packs, Ritz Crackers, Graham Crackers, .... I think that is it.
He finally understands and goes along with the " if you want dessert, you must eat ALL your suppers"
He has picked up my saying " Get your Goat" and says " Hit your goat" and tries to physically tickle in order to " hit your goat"
He told me last week when I was changing clothes that he " reawwwwwwy reawy likes my boobies. They gone grow bigger soon" WTH man! That was crazy, and random and I had to leave the room to laugh.
He is really into "picking up rubbish" in a train called " Toby". He also notices and comments on trash on the street. We were cruising flip houses in the ghetto one day and he was VERY vocal about all the Trash "EVERYWHERE Momma." Funny how much he notices because he is always looking. I never see stuff like that either because I am used to it, or preoccupied.
He loves doing chores and does them quite well.
He loves wearing hats.
- He has been so much better behaved these past 6 months or so. Very sweet and fun.
- He has learned how to WHINE and has been doing that lots when he is overtired or when he gets sent to his room.
- Finally, he cares enough about toys that I can take those away as punishment when needed, and that REALLY gets his attention.
- Something we still really struggle with is having him not interrupt, ESPECIALLY if I am on the phone, and taking NO for an answer. He will drive you MAD with all his appeals.
- He is pretty good with sister for the most part. Every now and then I catch him dragging her by the neck away from his trains, or stealing her toy just to make her cry, but 75% of the time he enjoys her and talks to her in a high pitch baby voice just like we do. HA
- He has picked up an very annoying habit of telling me I have " hurt his freewings, and need to say sorry" whenever either of us disciplines him. This week he topped that off with telling me that I had "hurt his freewings in purposes" :)
Last year in this update, I had to write about Fenn's first trip to the ER and getting stitches, and this year he also had an accident almost the same day! He ran over his finger in his easy rider car and ripped off his fingernail ( it hurts me to type that !BLEHK) He was pretty cool about it. It happened with Ms Weeeee ( Lee) and he cried until she gave him popsicle and he let her clean it. I took him to the pedi and he said it was fine but would be painful and slow healing. My poor tough little dude!! It was disgusting looking for about a week and is finally able to be without a bandaid.
It amazes me the difference in this past year from the one before it. 2-3 was so full of challenges and hard ships ( I am sure that was somewhat jaded by my pregnancy) but this past year, everything was *mostly* awesome.
He had some behavior issues at school for 2 months which wore me out but after that he has just been so fun and easy, and intelligent and interesting. Where it was so hard to have all day with him at home before, now I look forward to the fun we can have now that he can understand and interact so well.
SO it makes me sad to say goodbye to this wonderful year of watching my boy really blossom, and as cheesy as it sounds, I literally do thank God every day for this perfect and healthy child he has given us, and for this phase of life that is so fun, challenging, interesting and will probably be referred to, in the not so distant future, as the best years of our lives.