Thursday, July 29, 2010
Joseph at 3 years
We had Joe Joe's check up with Dr. Moe last week, and he measured in at 40.5 inches and 41 pounds ("almost a square"), growing 3 inches and 3.5 pounds over the course of the past year.
He is going to be One. Big. Boy. He already seems to be growing out of the 4T wardrobe we had to buy for the summer, so anything new is already into size 5. No T, just a 5.
It's much harder summing up all the developmental changes that have occurred over the past year. Joseph is a totally different child! He's so much more verbal, is getting faster and stronger, is out of the crib and into a big bed, is potty trained all day, and is going to start preschool in just about a month.
You can have a real conversation with Joseph and pretty much understand everything he says. He's got an active imagination and can play independently forever with his trains, cars, and trucks, and even sit and "read" books to himself. As long as Papa isn't around, that is, 'cause he's stuck on him like white on rice. Every morning when he wakes up, Joseph calls for me to get him and read him a book, yet while I'm getting the book he asks "Where's Papa?"
Joseph can pedal a tricycle well, surprising since he's always been a little slower with gross motor skills. He's just now running faster without falling and going up the stairs without holding on. He's working on his jump shot.
No big changes in appetite or diet. He's always been a good eater, and the boy is a milk junkie. Typical toddler that's good with carbs and fruit, needs to be convinced to eat his veggies. No big changes in sleep either - still a 12 hour a day guy, but his schedule has shifted in a positive direction. He sleeps from 9pm to 7am, and naps from 2-4pm most days. Gone are the 6am wake up calls!!!!
Our Joe Joe is a sweet and gentle guy, aside from the few brief weeks of pushing around 2 very tolerant younger ones (sorry Benjamin and Ashton!). He'll now share, take turns, and get excited about seeing his friends. He's always been very loving, and it melts our hearts every night at bedtime when he looks at us sweetly, grabs our neck and pulls us in, and asks "You sleep in my bed?" I can't get enough of hearing "That was a good plan, Daddy" and "That was fun! Let's do it again!"
Some of the funnier things he does right now that I hope I will never forget are:
At any given meal, when asked what he wants to eat, he always says "cracker jacks." He has never had a cracker jack to the best of our knowledge. But bless him for trying.
Every car trip must start off with a countdown to BLASTOFF! And whenever we have the GPS on, he must repeat at a deafening level every direction he has just heard. "Go 2 miles, THEN BEAR RIGHT!!!" Then I say "Done!" and he says "Good job, Daddy!" The. Whole. Trip.
Whenever he thanks us for something, anything, and we say "You're welcome," he then asks "Is it your pleasure?" Guess we say "It's my pleasure" a lot.
Whenever we ask him for something, like "Can I take you to the potty" or "Can we read a book" he answers "Yes....(dramatic pause)...you may." Good manners, that boy.
And my favorite.....You know how they repeat everything, right. So you have to watch what you say, and we try not to curse at all. Now whenever Joseph is getting frustrated, upset, or even surprised, the 1st thing out of his mouth is "Jesus Christ!" Could be worse!