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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.

Cooper is 5!

Stats: Height 47.01 in (99%), Weight 53lbs (97%), BMI 16.93 (86%), Blood Pressure 98/48

Development: Language, he has always been such a verbal kid and that continues. Some of his favorite ways to say words that we haven’t had the heart to correct are oosually (usually), oat (ate), amimals (animals), stroller strap (handicap, in reference to the parking signs). Cooper is finishing up his first year of Montessori and it has been eye opening just how much he can do on his own and learn about given exposure to so many resources. Giving “lessons” has been a great way for us to show him and then let him practice how to do new things such as mow the lawn. We are leaning towards sending him to Kindergarten at the public school where he will be a Rose Hill Raccoon.

Physical: Cooper is wearing size 6 shirts and pants. He gets himself dressed, shoes and jacket, etc. He has his first loose tooth, bottom left, which we first noticed loose back in March, but it is only slowly getting looser at this point.

Eating: Cooper continues to grow and eat a ton of food. In April he grew 1 inch and the way he is eating now he is headed for another growth spurt. For breakfast each morning they are really loving frozen yogurt (a yogurt cup that was defrosted in the fridge overnight), glass of milk, 2 cups of berries and 2 prunes. If they have recently attended a party they get to have one piece of candy a day and that usually is eaten at breakfast too. Cooper is a saver and will have a sweet treat last for weeks.

Sleeping: Cooper is still a solid sleeper. At night we start bedtime around 6:30 with a bath with Nicholas. Next is jammie time and then brush teeth before reading two books each together as a family. Rob and I each take turns saying good night to each kid. Cooper wants to tell us 4 questions which are more often than not statements he wants to share. They run from I love snuggles, I love a tv show/legos, to how do volcanoes work. He typically doesn’t call us back in or come out at night until his clock turns green at 6am.

Firsts: Mowing the lawn, loose tooth (bottom left), riding a big kid bike,

playing on a soccer team,

moving houses,

Montessori preschool,

Apple picking

picking his own costume idea…porcupine

writing his own name on a Christmas tag

first family drawing

first Mom/Cooper trip to see Nicole in Colorado

 

Lawn Mowing and Party Planning

A couple of weeks ago after having both boys wash my car I started to mow the lawn. Cooper asked if he could do it and processed to mow both the front and back yard. He has since done it again completely by himself. He is so proud and continues to analyze the grass length each day to see if he is lucky enough to get to mow it again. We are hoping this excitement continues.

Here is a video from his first time mowing: https://youtu.be/hDvukBG-KRk
On to the party planning for this Sunday’s big bash. Cooper has decided SuperWings (an airplane transformer show on Amazon) and garbage trucks are his theme. He is collecting toys for charity, but if anyone brings Legos to donate he will ask if he can trade one of his current toys to donate instead 🙂
For entertainment he would like to mow the lawn for all of his guests during the party, but taking a break at some point to be able to play with them before mowing again. He has also decided that he is going to put on a performance. He was practicing his dance routines this morning after breakfast. He determined that people will need to watch him in shifts so each guest can have the best view and he is happy to perform the show as many times as needed.
The set list:
1. Can’t stop the feeling by Justin Timberlake
2. We Will Rock You by Queen
3. Bird is the Word by The Trashmen