I am reading through the description of my son at his third birthday, and age 3.5, and I feel like I could copy/paste all of these items again. He is exactly the same as he was last year: very into electronics, not so into toys, left-brained, earnest and verbal, interested in the moon, obsessive about being neat and clean, an old soul. He still clings to his daddy, adores mazes, loves pirates. What’s funny is that very often, I describe him in some way, then I realize he’s been that way since birth. In one form or another, he’s exactly the same person I met four years ago.
Here are a few more, and then his stats.
- He was fully potty trained in February, so we’ve had nearly an entire year of big boy underwear. Although he did not train early, he trained relatively quickly, and has been almost entirely accident-free since that time. In August, we switched to underwear at night as well, and he does very well staying dry overnight as long as we wake up him for a quick “dream potty” before we head to bed. (Daddy does this quite dutifully, and not always easily.)
- Sometimes I say “he has a little Rainman in him” – based on his tendencies to be extremely math/counting-oriented, routine-driven, and a little OCD about some things (closing drawers, turning off lights, putting things in their place, following his routines). What’s really interesting is that he is also extremely social. He loves to talk, is very outgoing, will have a one-sided conversation with anybody if necessary (even children his own age, although he prefers to converse with older people), and is always aware of other people’s feelings. He has more empathy at age 4 than I ever have, and he is extremely cautious and sensitive to other people’s moods and attitudes toward him. He will tell me calmly, “Stop being angry, Mommy. You’re being mean to me.” and sometimes it’s true.
- Similarly to the above, he loves loves LOVES to make people laugh. He’s always telling jokes, doing impressions, quoting movies or TV. His velcro-like memory aids this, and combined with his outgoing personality, he completed an on-stage comedy routine at our camping “variety show” without a single hesitation.
- He hates art projects or coloring. We push them to some extent, because there are some necessary skills there (including performing tasks that are not your favorite in school) but for the most part, he avoids them completely. We have learned that he is fantastic with crayons, scissors, glue etc, when he puts his mind to it. But honestly, he just doesn’t like it. At all. And that’s okay.
- He’s been reading for about half a year. He reads everything. Words continue to just make sense to him. I think he applies the part of his brain that might be drawing, to reading instead.
- He likes technical things. He is a bit too young yet for following real Lego directions (and, let’s face it, still has the attention span of a typical 4-year-old boy), but when he can follow directions or instructions, he loves it. He loves to read recipes to me (no interest in the actual making or baking). He loves finding the correct number & types of pieces for building with his Trio set (LOVE the Trio blocks). He loves to replace batteries, look at the insides of things and find out how they work – and if he can’t, or something isn’t working properly, he has no use for it. Such an engineer.
- He’s still a picky eater. Moreover, he’s just not an Eater. He could take or leave food most of the time. I have NEVER heard him say “I’m hungry.” Not even when he was a tiny baby.
Weight & height: 41 pounds, 42 inches tall. Big kid!
Favorite foods: Cheese, any/all nuts, plain/butter noodles, bread, quesadillas, ham & cheese rollups
Favorite shows/movies: Backyardigans, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Polar Express, Veggietales, Phineas and Ferb
Favorite toys/games: Mazes mazes mazes! Board games, building sets with instructions, iphone games, computer games, science experiments
Favorite books: Walter the Farting Dog, Heavy Metal Mater, Backyardigans books, chapter books. He has so many books.
Clothes: 4T or boys XS clothes, size 11 shoes
Favorite recent words & phrases: “That is to say…” “I beg to differ.” “Not if I can help it!” “ginormous” “.. when, suddenly…”