Wow, I can’t believe Jack is almost 3. Is he even still a toddler or is he now considered a preschooler? Holy crap, where did the time go? I am suddenly so aware of the fact that he is growing up quickly and even though I love the stage he is in, I also miss my baby! (This is how it starts, isn’t it??)
Here are some notes on Jack at 2.75 years:
- His favorite foods are Babybel cheese rounds (“little red cheese”), Fuji apples (whole, not cut or peeled), almonds, “cupcakes” (usually banana muffins), and chocolate. He loves to peel things – the wax off the cheese, the shell off an egg, the skin on an orange (although he doesn’t eat the orange). He even throws wrappers and peels away.
- He can count to at least 13 forward and backward, can identify many letters and all colors, and knows right from left. Also, he has learned where Canada, the United States, and Mexico are on a globe (no joke).
- He likes three books to be read to him before bed: Olivia and the Missing Toy, Olivia (original), and The Way Back Home (in that order). Sometimes we will add A Color of His Own or How Does a Dinosaur Say Goodnight?
- He is a favorite at daycare because he is super sweet, funny and quirky, and he always naps and eats and follows the rules. For whatever reason, he doesn’t have bad days at daycare. Also, everyone is his best friend.
- He loves rockets, space, and astronauts. He will watch any movie with space related things in it – Star Wars, Toy Story (Buzz is his favorite, of course), Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
- His imagination is growing rapidly. We had a discussion about what day it was and I cracked up when he said “no, it’s not Wednesday, it’s Mensday!” He then went on to name many days that I have never heard of. He also tells stories. They usually begin with what happened at daycare and then get progressively unbelievable when he makes up new kids that were there or tells us he went to outer space. And, of course, everything is a rocket from pens to carrots.
- He spreads love all around. Hugs and kisses and I miss yous and I love yous. He asks for snuggles with me in the morning and throws his arm around “my cat Wicket, my best friend.”
- His favorite song is No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. Any time I try to sing anything else, he cuts me off to tell me “I don’t like that song!”
- Physically he is much more agile than he was just a few months ago. He is a better runner, is starting to figure out how to catch himself if he trips, and in his quest to grab things out of his reach (as in light switches) he has learned to use various pieces of furniture as stepping stools. Oh joy.
- He is pretty independent. He insists on getting the things he wants out of the fridge, takes off his own shoes and puts them away, climbs into his carseat and walks up/down the stairs while holding on to the railing. He of course gets frustrated when he can’t do something, like when someone beats him to opening or closing a door.
- He sleeps well most nights. More often than not, he sleeps through a whole 10 hours and still takes 2+ hour naps. Can we breathe a sigh of relief? ahhhhhhh.
There is so much more…I wish I could capture it all. I am just lucky that I get to witness it all first hand most days.