3 years, 3 months

That’s how old Alex is today. Wow. A proper update is long overdue – don’t feel like you need to fully read this, it’s really for my records ūüôā

The Specs
Height – 38.5″ Weight 34lbs
I’ve heard that when you turn 3, you are about half of your adult height – if that works out to be accurate, Alex is going to be over 6ft tall!¬† He is feeling heavier and heavier all the time – or my arms are getting weaker and weaker

Speech
Well, we are getting there. Alex¬†tries¬†to say a lot – but it just isn’t very clear. We are working on getting him to finish words – that is his problem. He will say “bo” rather than boat or “nigh time” rather than night-time. It’s coming… but just slowly. The good thing is that he is finally repeating¬†like a little parrot – but the¬†bad thing is that¬†he is repeating like a little parrot. Even those 4 letter words… as I learned the hard way…

Potty Training
I think we did it! We were relatively laid back about the whole potty training thing. We actively promoted the use of the toilet by just not putting Alex in his pull-up¬†when he was home. At the sitters, he wanted to be like all the other boys, so he would always use the toilet like them, often coming home with the same pull-up¬†we sent him in.¬† Now he is wearing undies all day long and accidents are very few and far between (although we did have an unfortunate incident yesterday afternoon while Alex was sitting on my lap… sigh). Alex is generally dry all night long – but we¬†do take him for¬†a sleepy pee before we go to bed so I think that helps.¬† On the way home from Cleveland on Sunday we risked it and Alex wore his undies the whole drive (took us 10 hours due to a trip to the outlet malls…) and no problems!! The only real issue we now have is that Alex tends to hold his poo for a few days at a time making it quite painful when the time comes…¬† we are working on that one.¬† Matt’s parents just got back from a trip to England and while there they picked up some Thomas the Train undies form Marks & Spencer’s. They are just adorable… but they are more of a panty form rather than a brief, so his little cheeks hang out sometimes – too funny!

This and That
We’ve noticed recently that Alex is in a bit of a new stage. He’s still a lot of fun. Very smart, imaginative and energetic… sometimes crazy energetic! He often is literally running circles around me – think of Elf in the circular doors in the movie Elf.¬†¬† He has an amazing memory.¬† He is also funny – playing¬†jokes on us all the time.¬† And he’s actually playing with Mason! Finally!
Alex had his first dentist apt. over a month ago (did I mention that before?) – he did very well.
Alex has changed his eating¬†habits and often doesn’t want to eat which drives me nuts (I know – it’s a phase), and he isn’t the most well-behaved child recently when we go out to dinner… working on that one.
A few nights a week Alex still gets up at least once, but thankfully he has that double bed which allows us to go to him and allows everyone to get a decent night sleep. And the last 3 nights he has slept into 8:30!! Woot woot!

What Alex Loves…
ice cream ~ playing “bad guys” ~ Spider Man ~ Batman ~ fishing ~ atvs ~ boats ~ trailers¬†~ slip n’ slide ~ storytime ~ the library ~ his friends Henry, Preston & Blair ~ candy ~ ¬†helping dig ~ bath time ~ Mason ~ bike rides ~ veggies ~ fruit ~ chips (sigh) ~ jumping ~ gum (thank you Mr Dentist) ~ Caillou ~ Max & Ruby ~ bike rides ~ dancing ~¬†picking his nose (sigh)

What Alex Doesnt Love
swimming (working on that) ~ helping clean up ~ working on his speech ~ sticky hands ~ onions ~ taking medicine

Special Things Alex Does That We Love
I hug Alex and he pats me on the back ~ When he says “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!” in his special way ~ When Alex talks like he is absolutely exhausted ~¬†Alex’s amazing dance moves – must get¬†video ~ When he sings “I don’t know” by the Sheepdogs¬†~ When Alex thanks us for no real reason – a simple “Ti Ti Momma” over something like eating corn for dinner.