Thursday, March 24, 2011

3.4 years old

Some of this might be a bit boring, some of it entertaining.  I will fill in with a few of my favorite pictures by the amazing Sarah Giles we had done around his 3rd birthday. 

This post is mainly so I don't miss the small things that go by so fast...

Kyle Andrew - A Survey

What is your favorite thing to play?  My airplanes, I want to play airplanes, that is my favorite.

What is your favorite color? I don't know, just white.

What is your favorite show? Highlighters is my favorite movie.  (For the record, dad and I have no clue what this is)

What is your favorite animal?  It is a donkey.

Who is your best friend at school? Aaron

What is your favorite thing to do at school?  Worksheets.

What is your favorite food?  Hot stuff. 
What makes you scared?  Bad dinosaurs

What makes you sad?  It looks like this (insert huge pouty lip)  *Rephrased question - Mom I already showed you.
What makes you happy?  Daddy makes me happy.

What makes moms happy?  Daddy makes you happy.

What makes daddys happy?  Mommy makes daddy happy.

Tell me something funny.     Sometimes you are like bugga dugga. (Insert uncontrollable laughter)

A mom's survey

Height - 40 inches

Weight - 40 pounds

Sleep - bed around 8:30pm, wakes up to an alarm (which he turns off himself) at 7:20am, and usually naps around 12 or 1 for about 2 hours

Eating - He had a few months where I was pretty sure he was starving himself.  However in the last two weeks a change is in the air.  Example, dinner tonight - 6 nuggets from Chic-Fil-A, large fruit cup, chocolate milk, a bowl of cereal, a nutrigrain bar, a cup of yogurt, and a juice box.

Potty/Bath - He is almost 100% potty trained and having very few accidents.  He truly enjoys wearing big boy underwear, but sometimes totally forgets to slow down and go to the bathroom.  We are working on that.  As for night trained, he knows he is allowed to get up, go to the potty and then return to bed.  So usually he gets up shortly after he goes down, then again about 20 or 30 minutes before his alarm goes off.  So far no issues.  He is however, still in pullups at night, just in case.  He refuses to let us help him bathe, and loves taking showers on his own.

Physical - He has finally learned how to peddle his tricycle, and loves it.  He also loves running, swinging, playing catch with daddy (he has a pretty good arm), and playing football.  He has a great three point stance he won't show anyone.  He absolutely loves fishing.  He can cast better than me, and loves to inspect any fish that has been caught by poking it in the eye.

Clothing - He is wearing big kids size XS or 5T when they are made.  He can still rock 4T shorts and jeans, but the jeans are pushing it on being too short.  He loves picking out his own clothes, down to the underwear, but we have to limit choices daily or it turns into a fight.  His favorite items always include sports players, and shirts with jersey style numbers.

Education - Kyle is School has been great for him, growing his verbal skills in leaps and bounds.  He is doing 5 year old level puzzles and worksheets.  He knows his alphabet, knows his numbers, but still refuses to talk about it.  He can read his name and write a good chunk of the alphabet.  He can use scissors and loves to cut out shapes.  His favorite thing to draw is happy faces and monster trucks.

Random -  He loves to sing made up songs, but only when he thinks no one is listening.  He likes to see both of us before he goes to bed.  He gives amazing hugs and kisses that are unprompted and super sweet.  He uses his manners, and apologizes easily if he has done something wrong.  He has a ridiculously cute dimple in his right check that stands out when he gives you a smile that would melt your heart.  On occasion if he wakes up before I leave for work he walks me to the door gives me a hug and tells me to have a good day at work.  He loves babies.  He loves superheros, monster trucks, Scooby Doo, Transformers, and all things boy.

The Tough Parts - I tagged this on here because I don't want to blindside myself if we ever do this again.  He is hard headed, stubborn, and likes to scream when frustrated.  Someone at school must call names, because he has taken up this nasty habit and it is a hard one to break.  Just like the whining is hard to take and hard to make stop.  Discipline that works - we have to vary it, judge his mood and go with it.  Some days it is time out, other days it is swats, other days (most days) it is having his toys taken away.  At one point he had them all taken away, he is earning them back one by one.  Just like most kids it is worse when tired.  He also has his trigger issues.  For example, if he decides on something, most likely it is going to be a knock down drag out to change his mind.


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