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Cooper is 6!

 

Stats: Height 50.24 in (99%), Weight 58.5lbs (94%), BMI 16.36 (75%), Blood Pressure 96/60

Development: Cooper is entering the early stages of reading on his own.  It is incredible to listen to him as he deciphers the trickier words and breezes right through the known words.  He has been doing a lot of writing at school too in a variety of journals.  He has really thrived in Kindergarten this year and made/met some really good friends.  Cooper has been dribbling a basketball at school most of the three recesses each day.  For his birthday he got a basketball for home and it is incredible to see how well he can manage the ball given he hasn’t ever had one at home.  He also played t-ball this year and is hooked on baseball.  He loves playing everyday after school in our backyard and tends to have a shorter distance when he is running for the home run as I scamper to get the ball and get back to him to tag him out.  He giggles uncontrollably and can’t get enough of the game.  I have LOVED having an hour of solo Cooper time 4 days a week while Nicholas is in preschool.  We typically play dreambox (his math computer game), snuggle, or play outside.

Physical:  Cooper wears size 7 clothes, size 13 shoes and small adult sized hats. He has lost the top and bottom two middle teeth.  His top left tooth that came out at 2.5 yrs old was giving him some pain as the new huge one was pushing through.  We are guessing it must have felt similar to teething as a baby and a not typical experience given the gums were so hard from a tooth not being there for so many years.  Cooper is the tallest kid in his class.

Routine: Cooper loves to get up early.  6:20am is the goal and he typically makes it that late only a day or two a week.  He is so snuggly in the morning that we are soaking it all in as long as it lasts.  We head down for breakfast at 7 where he eats a ton of fruit, has a glass of milk, yogurt and typically a toasted piece or raisin bread or cereal.  We have walked to school at 8:05 nearly everyday this year.  When we get to school I kiss each hand and he holds them to his cheeks while I say I love you and have a great day.  In the nicer weather we have walked with our neighbors Sydney and Vivian too.  Nicholas and I then walk back.  He prefers to have his lunch packed so he can have more social time vs. buying lunch and spending time in line. We walk home nearly every day too and enjoy stopping at a close by park when we get other kids to walk back with us.  He has some playing and relaxing time until 5pm when we turn on the tv for 30 minutes before dinner.  During the week it is educational tv and on the weekend they get to pick.  Cooper’s pick during the week has been Busytown and the weekends are Car Patrol.  Dinner would be his favorite if there was pasta every day.  They take turns setting the table or getting vitamins depending on “who’s day it is” with Cooper getting odd days and Nicholas even (aligned to their birthdays being on odd and even dates).  Bed time is closer to 7:30 and after getting dressed, brushing teeth, and reading two books each he is now spending time in bed reading or working on his number slide puzzle under his night light which were all birthday presents.

Cooper is the best sleeper and the different positions we find him in when I give him a final tuck-in and kiss each night amaze me:

Firsts:

Lost his first tooth on 8/2 and pulled it out himself!

Also wrote his first tooth fairy note.  He really wanted to keep his tooth.

First movie in a theater, “The Secret Life of Pets” at Lincoln Town Square in Bellevue.

First trip to the east coast and subway train ride

First activity at an elementary school, a puzzle during the kindergarten meet and greet

First day of Kindergarten with Mrs. Swanson

First elementary school picture

First dance class, hip hop

First math challenge for school

First “real” bed

First purchased Halloween costume

First music lesson, ukulele through an after school program

First time riding in first class (only mom’s second time).  Thanks dad for letting us get the upgrade to Kauai!

First wrapping paper card for Nicholas on his birthday

First hockey game to see the Seattle Thunderbirds with the Williamson family

First time in a commercial airplane cockpit

First time on TV with Daddy at the Mariners game during a segment where they talked about fathers and sons going to the game

First time meeting a celebrity.  Being coached by the Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson at t-ball

Nicholas is 4!

Stats:40.94″ tall (65%) and 41lbs 13oz (89%)

Routine:  Nicholas loves to wake up early and typically wakes up in a good mood.  His clock turns green at 6:20am and good days are when he is still in bed at that time.  He goes to a morning preschool with Mrs. Gardner at St. Johns Tues/Thurs 9-11 and in the afternoons with Ms. Shahina and Jessica M, Tues, Thurs, Fri 1:30-4.  He gets to take the bus to the afternoon preschool.  When asked if he took a bus today, he always replies with “two”.

He loves school and always comes home with a huge smile and gives the best welcome back koala bear hugs.  From his morning preschool he rushes out of the room and jumps into my arms just like he did last year when I picked him up from afternoon school.  It still happens for afternoon school too on the days he doesn’t take the bus home.

Meals: Loves his morning yogurt and all snacks any time.  He prefers savory to sweet and often eats just a couple of bites at dinner.  His favorite meal is definitely breakfast with lunch a close second.  Lunch highlights include PB&J with grapes and a cracker of some kind.  His snacks for school are fancy and whatever can fit in one little tupperware: salami, dried blueberries/craisins, cheese and some grapes.

This morning he helped himself to 3 yogurts while I continued to get ready upstairs

Development: Loves to help! Wears size 4T clothes, size 10 shoes   Still working on staying in bed all night long, but getting better from 4 times a night to once only a couple times a week.

Currently testing out an everyone is “mean” phase or “I hate” everyone phase. For speech Nicholas is working on his c/k and g sounds. He is doing more and more self correcting.

Best giggle ever and has a smile that will melt your heart.  Adorable kissy lips too.

His favorite toys are trains and helicopters. Loves airplanes, firetrucks and being outside.  He can often be found riding his firetruck in the cold garage by himself when you can’t find him in the house.  He likes to slide down everything like it is a fire pole.  He wants to be a fireman when he grows up and his favorite show is Fireman Sam. He also loves to mount fire hydrants and bounces on them like they are a horse or gives them a tight squeeze.

He loves to stay and watch any construction and construction vehicles on our walks to school

He loves to stand on one leg.

Nicholas enjoys picking up rocks, pinecones, branches and dragging them 1/2 mile plus on school walking adventures often along with his backpack (to be like big brother).  By the end of the school year Cooper convinced him it was cool to wear his backpack to school for him.

Favorite book long term is Curious George, but we are currently pairing that with a Where’s Waldo phase.  The highlight of this phase is for the first few months Nicholas called Waldo, Eduardo, “I found Eduardo”.

He is convinced mama kisses give him freckles.  He wipes them off, but loves to point out when he finds a freckle and waits for my “oh man” response.
Firsts:
big boy bed,
Loves chasing birds

Big into giving a thumbs up or even double thumbs up when asked if he likes something

Quick learner as we have had to use a “lock” to help him learn to stay in his room at rest time so he put it on my room and the closest door to show us he knew how it works

Ate an entire Costco hot dog while I unloaded the groceries

First sports team, soccer

Last toddler group and moving on to preschool

First dental x-ray

 

First bike camp and learned to sit on a balance bike and then moved to a pedal bike with training wheels

First camping trip not sleeping in a pack-n-play

First trip to the east coast and riding a subway train (he is now obsessed with subway trains!)

First preschool experience at Ben Rush and St. Johns
First eye exam

First time sitting in the dental chair by himself

First solo water slide (in Kauai with Nene)

First hockey game, Seattle Thunderbirds with the Williamsons

First movie in a theater, “The Secret Life of Pets” at Lincoln Town Square in Bellevue.

Nicholas is 3.5!

To think one year ago we moved into a brand new house and had just potty trained him just 2 weeks earlier. Crazy to report that he was all about potty training and is near accident free at this point. Fun things about Nicholas:

  • He loves to jump around to get from place to place
  • He walks up the stairs leading with his right foot giving him an incredible looking calf on his left leg
  • He is obsessed with savory food, especially meat (flank steak in particular). He will have a sweet dessert and then go right back to the savory food on his plate. His favorite meal is flank steak, broccoli, and cheesie pastie as he likes to call it.
  • He likes to slide down any pole or person he can find pretending they are a fireman pole

Sleep is still a challenge since moving him to his big bed at 3. I can count on one hand the number of times he has slept through the night without waking up. He has runs of waking up every 20 minutes from 1-4 in the morning (5+ times a night). Typically after one of those nights he is more likely to only wake up at 1am or 3am for a potty break which he comes to get us for. A goal is to get the only once a night wake-up to be the routine and then tackle the going potty on your own after that. We are in desperate need of solid sleep in our house. When he wakes up in the morning, usually at 6am when his clock turns green, he is a ball of energy ready for the day to start. Every night before he goes to bed he has to ask me 3 questions. They always start with “how you make, hmmm” and are typically food items, houses/parts of houses, or even more obscure things. He loves that my answers involve lots of hand movements on his back as I act out the answer. I think he really loves the back rubs just like his Daddy. Speech, working on k, g, th and l sounds. He loves his therapist and really tries had to do whatever she asks him. He can count to 26, but skips 13 or 14 and 23 or 24. He knows most of his colors and many letters and is starting to write parts of his name.