Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Lachlan at 3 1/2

My blog was a little "Kenley-heavy" last year, since I updated with her monthly photos and changes post. Mr. Lachlan as been growing and changing, too! So I wanted to write a little bit about what he is like at 3 1/2.
Your creative play is fun be part of and entertaining to observe. Just today, we played pirate ship, Star Wars, trash dump, Bluebird Diner, and Batman within the span of a few hours. You also enjoy board games and card games, and you’re getting better at following the rules and sequence. We’ve been playing Crazy 8’s and the Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game.
You (we) just gave up on your afternoon naps a couple weeks ago. We still try to work in some quiet time, but the lack of nap often results in early evening crankiness. A couple days a week you still crash in the late afternoon and sleep until I wake you for dinner. The good news is that you are sleeping until a decent hour in the morning again – 6:30 or 6:45 am.
You have very little patience for your sister now that she is able to get into your space and toys so easily. You do love playing chase with her and the two of you get the craziest giggles and belly laughs going as you run circles around the couch. Every now and then you’ll have a sweet moment and bring her something she wants or just give her a big hug and kiss.
We’re still amazed by your great memory, and the way you bring up events that happened months ago. You’ve starting using your memory to recite movie lines and re-enact favorite scenes. Many times a day you choose a movie or show, then assign each of us a character to act out. I’m usually Princess Leia, and Kenley is often Darth Vader.
You love to make plans for playtime or for how the schedule of our day will go. You get so frustrated and upset when everyone won't go along with your plans. I can sure remember that frustration from my own childhood. We usually encounter at least one or two big crying meltdowns per day, and although I know it is just you being 3 and trying to exert your independence, it can be very upsetting. I have to remind myself that you are "just" 3 sometimes, because you are so sharp and capable most of the time.
Your favorite foods are Mac and Cheese with hot dogs, and spaghetti with sauce. Pretty standard fare for a 3 year old. But you also love spicy tuna sushi and baked salmon. Really, you are a great eater and try all kinds of different foods. I hope that willingness to try new things continues in the years ahead.
You attend preschool five mornings a week, and you love it. You have always been a social guy, so you love been around the other 18 children in your class. You enjoy music class, love all your teachers, and have a couple special friends. I hear that you're getting better at sitting for storytime and keeping your hands to yourself at playtime, both of which were a struggle for a few months. I love that I get to see you experience school on Tuesdays and Thursdays when I am at preschool - but that you also get a chance to experience it on your own on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Your dad and I lay in bed at night giggling over all the funny observations you make and things you say. We love you so much!

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