Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Joseph at 4 years

The alligator makes its return! Maybe I should do these updates more often than yearly.....the changes are so major that I always feel like I'm describing a totally different kid!

I can't remember the last time I ever saw a diaper or a pullup in this house. Joseph hasn't had anything more than a brief car nap since the 1st of the year, and he's been sleeping through the night in his big boy bed forever. (Interestingly he still doesn't ever get out of the bed by himself even though he can so we actually still use a monitor!)

We largely encourage him to eat the same foods we eat, and something is really wrong if he doesn't finish every meal. He loves strawberries, grapes, green apples, pizza, sweet potatoes, quesadillas, and above all else, milk. Not that he'd turn his nose up at a hot dog. He refuses most other veggies like most kids his age but he'll at least lick them before telling us "no thank you."

Joseph is clearly a big guy but we have no new stats to share until his check up in 2 weeks. But he outgrows his entire wardrobe every season. He's in 6's and 7's now with a size 13 shoe. I noticed his almost 6 year old cousin wears the same size.

Joe Joe is a sweet and social little guy. He and his friends always hug hello and goodbye. He really prefers to hang with the big boys which results in a lot of skinned knees since he's not yet as fast or strong as them. He's great at his bike and we keep working on upper body strength. He loves his Kidville gymnastics class and it's been helping him a lot. No recent tooth injuries! Outside of gym class our schedule is packed with birthday parties and playdates every weekend as well as trips to our many local attractions like the Smithsonian museums, zoo, parks, aquarium, and more.

JT really blossomed in preschool this year. Despite being one of the youngest in the class and a boy to boot, he really came a long way. As a pediatrician I always worry that he's lagging a little too far behind the other kids, but then he surprises me one day with skills I never knew he had. He adored music with Miss Jan and still sings many of the songs he learned from her. He loves to rhyme and thinks it's funny when he makes up nonsense words just by substituting the entire alphabet for the 1st letter of a word he wants to rhyme. He's also into counting forwards and backwards. I am amazed at how he'll be patient and take turns and clean up when he's with his school buddies when he would never do that at home. We owe a lot to Miss Kasia, Miss Pina, and the rest of the crew at Westmoreland.

Some things never change: he loves books. All books, any books, even magazines and circulars. He loves to turn the pages and look at the pictures. The are so many books he can "read" to us from memory. Joseph especially likes character books that come in series, like Frog and Toad, Skippyjohn Jones, Knuffle Bunny, Curious George. He is still obsessed with trains too. Thomas, Thomas, and more Thomas, but now we've added Dinosaur Train into the mix. He never seems to tire of Disney Cars, playing fireman and pirate, and his swingset either. He is always helping me cook and bake and is always dirty in the yard with Papa.

One cool thing is that Joseph actually understands how to joke now. Most of his jokes involve rhyming, of course. But now he does things like yell for you to come quickly because he has to tell you something important, and once you get there he says "NOTHING!" and laughs like a maniac. Whenever he says "Hey, I have a GREAT idea!" you know he's trying to work you. Like when we told him he couldn't just sit there and watch his cousin play his Nintendo DS - "Hey, I have a GREAT idea.......Let's go to the DS store and buy ANOTHER one and then I won't have to watch him, I can PLAY mine!" Nice try.

Oh my, I could go on about this boy forever. It's hard to see our little one growing up, but sometimes change is good. Three will forever in our hearts be known as "The Year Of The Whining," and we're not too sad to see that come to an end. But there might be some signs of Four becoming known as "The Year Of The Sass."


Honey said...

What a precious little boy! Thanks for that description. You and Brent are so blessed to have Joseph in your life. He is a lucky little guy!

Anonymous said...

I couldn't have written it better...that's our boy....our beautiful Grandson and hugs MIMI