Friday, June 5, 2015

Jacob - 3 years

"Making the decision to have a child - it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ”  - Elizabeth Stone
My sweet boy, there is no better quote to describe my love for you. You are my whole entire heart. And I love you and your brother more than anything in this entire world. You make me a better person. You bring joy to every single day. You make me so proud. You inspire me. You surprise me. You drive me crazy, but after you go to bed I miss you. You are my whole world and I love you so much.
Jacob, you have grown up so much in the past year. You are such a sweet little boy, and SUCH a good big brother! I don't think any of us remember what life was like before Judson, and I am so thankful for that! You are so funny and smart and kind and curious and energetic. You seriously keep me young, but are the reason for my grey hairs.
I love you, Jacob, and I hope you know that every single moment of every single day.

Age: 3

Height: 40"

Weight: 38lbs. 

Milestones: I feel like over the last 6 months Jacob has really morphed into a boy. He's so smart! He knows all his shapes, colors, animals (and corresponding sounds), can count to 20 and knows all his ABCs. He is always singing new songs and will request songs on the radio. I love that he remembers things from day to day, so we can really teach him things now. He's so curious! He is always asking questions, wants to know what everything is and why, and wants to know how things work (future engineer?). He's so funny! He picks up on sarcasm or jokes and is constantly turning it around on us.  He's so active! From the moment he wakes up until the time he goes to bed, he is going. He comes out in the family room and dumps all his trucks out before breakfast is even served. Every. Single. Day. This kid can run, he is FAST and he doesn't fall anymore. It's seriously impressive! He can climb all sorts of things at the playground, including a small "climbing wall" type thing. He hasn't quite figured out how to pedal, but we practice a lot on his big wheel. He's so sweet! He's always kissing and loving on his little brother and is the first person to comfort a friend when they get hurt. Jacob also really loves swimming! He's still going to swim class once a week, he just recently completed "Xtreme Waterbabies" and will be moving to "Advanced Aquatots" next week! I'm so excited for him. He can swim underwater for 10 seconds and moves 10 feet in the water. ALL BY HIMSELF!!! It's so impressive! I am so looking forward to going to the pool with him over the summer and seeing his swim skills in a real environment. Overall he's just such a good little boy! He loves his brother more than I ever could have imagined, and that honestly makes me the happiest mom on the planet!

Sleep: Jacob's nighttime sleep is starting to decrease, but he's making up for it during his nap. He generally sleeps 8pm-7am and takes a 2-3 hour nap (usually 1-3/4pm). He's still in his crib, but just recently he's started waking in the middle of the night because he's cramped in there, so I think we'll be moving him straight to a full-sized bed very very soon!

Eating: Jacob is still very picky. One day he will LOVE strawberries, and the next day he won't even look at them. This seems to be a very common toddler issue, so I usually just go with the flow. He doesn't like breakfast immediately in the mornings, so he gets chocolate milk and then will usually request breakfast around 10am. Lunch is usually a sandwich or lunchable-type plate. For dinner he either eats what we're having, or we'll heat up a corndog or something for him. He has a slew of go-to items, which I always keep around the house. Fruit Loops, Honey Nut Cheerios, Eggo waffles, greek yogurt, bagels, PB&J, Lean Pockets, corndogs, macaroni & cheese, turkey hotdogs, cheese sticks, smoothies, grapes, bananas, green apples, strawberries, cuties, Pirate Booty, Goldfish... He will not eat vegetables unless they're mixed in with something and he doesn't know they're there. :) And he really doesn't like meat, except hotdogs and deli meat. He loves pasta, so we make ravioli or tortellini a lot.

Clothes size: 5T

Diaper size: We moved Jacob into 3T-4T pull-ups. He just recently started making progress in the potty training department, which is awesome! If I ask him to go potty, he will go on the toilet, but he doesn't quite understand the feeling of needing to go yet. His school requires him to be accident-free for 2 weeks before he can be sent in underwear, so we still have ALOT of work. When we're home though, I put him in underwear and set my phone timer for every 30 minutes, and I always make him go. Which he does! So now we just need him to recognize the urge to go BEFORE he goes. Ha!

Teeth: He has them all! Praise Jesus! I think his 2 year molars are still moving around though because he will wake up crying in the middle of the night from time to time.

Favorite toy: He still loves all things that "go"...trucks, cars, planes, trains, etc. He got his first set of Lego Duplo for Easter and he loooves those! He's constantly building stuff.

Likes: his brother (hands down- favorite thing), playing outside, playing on the iPad, running around like a crazy person, swimming

Dislikes: being told "no", mealtimes, when we take the electronics away -- these were all listed on his last update and they're all still true

Personality: I touched on this earlier. He's such a sweet, cautious, curious, friendly, smart, funny little boy.

Looking forward to: He's going to a new school over the summer, so I'm excited to see how he likes it and how he grows. He'll also continue at CUMC in the Fall.

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