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Nicholas is 5!

Stats: Height – 44.15″ (75%), Weight 45lbs 9oz (80%), BMI 16.49 (79%) and Blood Pressure 92/54

Routine: Nicholas loves to wake up early in the morning.  On the weekends this is definitely motivated by getting to watch tv while we, the parents, catch some extra rest from a long week.  We are slowly making progress in getting Nicholas to stay in his room all night long.  We have been more successful than not lately.  Keeping his door open all night and earning chances to have a slumber party in our room on his own mattress have been some of the best contributors to our success.  Monday, Wednesday and Friday Nicholas goes to Totem Preschool for Pre-K class from 9-1.  He stays an extra hour on Mondays for Ball Class.  He loves it there and has made some good friends.  I can’t believe he will be in full day Kindergarten next year 🙁 and am instead cherishing our special Tues/Thurs time together this year.  We walk to Cooper’s school every afternoon to get him and on the mornings that he doesn’t have school too.  It is a 1 mile round trip adventure.  We often stop to look at worms and bugs on our path and if the tether-ball is out at the school we have to play a little before we can head home.  Nicholas loves to hold the door as the kids leave school so he can be the first to greet Cooper with a crazy brother hug.  He is SO excited to see him after school!  We have started ‘contributions’

Food: Breakfast is usually fruit, cereal (peanut butter or oatmeal squares) and a yogurt (mixed berry or lemon) he loves to stick it in the freezer for a bit before eating.  For snack Nicholas loves peanuts, applesauce, cheese stick and water nearly every day he can get it.  He loves open faced bagels with butter and smooth peanut butter on both sides.  Dinner, he loves cooked spinach and all things salty, especially teriyaki flank steak and pork tenderloin.

Development: Nicholas loves to be silly.  He is always looking for a physical way to get his energy out.  He loves to tackle and wrestle Cooper, will slide down anything like a fire pole, and continues to move through life by jumping everywhere (his calves are incredibly strong).  He has his own flair for doing push-ups by starting completely flat on the ground.  His favorite color is dark blue.  Some of his loves are the pool, commercial flights (Nene airplanes = Southwest and Alaska airplanes, identified by the paint scheme in the sky), seeing Daddy and Grandpa and running full speed to them both with a huge smile, legos, and all things with wheels, especially fire trucks, cars and airplanes.

Firsts:

First time in a commercial airplane cockpit

First T-Ball team – even had Russell Wilson (Seahawks quarterback as one of the coaches)

Last days of preschool and kicking off Pre-K (always holding his pants…)

Falling in love with being a goal keeper and bringing his own style

First time kayaking and doing so at Spring Lake in Jackson, WY with Nana

First articulated bus to downtown train ride adventure and doing it with Nene

Sleeping with the Lego catalog

He loves drawing people, even in the window dew

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It was also a record snowfall in his birthday month this year and Nicholas didn’t skip a beat with enjoying every second of it!

Nicholas choose a Lego themed 5th birthday party at Pump It Up (a jumpy house perfect for his level of energy and movement)

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.