Leah Caroline, Months 18-21

May 2, 2015

The past few months have been busy for Leah! She’s learning so much every day – she’s curious and daring and into everything! Talking, running, climbing, tantruming…everything you’d expect from a little girl staring down the upcoming terrible 2’s. Having been through the terrible 2’s once before and now having also been through the much worse 3’s, I’m thinking we can handle the 2’s again (hopefully).

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Why am I talking about the terrible 2’s at only 21 months? They start way before 2! Leah has really gotten into the tantrums in the past few months. We’ve definitely started time outs with her. It’s a little strange having to switch gears and go back to handling THIS type of tantrum. We’ve been getting used to the almost-4 year old tantrum (“I’m NEVER gonna listen to you!”) but now we need to go back to the almost-2 year old tantrum as well (all out hysterical screaming in a pitch that makes you wince and squeeze your eyes closed). So we’re back to trying as hard as we can to ignore the screaming while trying not to let her see us laughing at the ridiculous drama of these tantrums.

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So that’s the bad part about having an almost-2 year old, but there are so many more good parts about this age! It is definitely one of my favorite ages. Leah’s speech just keeps getting better and better! Between 18 and 19 months, she began putting 2 words together. She learned the words “my” and “mine” and she is always interested in pointing out what things belong to what people (“Daddy’s chair”, “Caelan’s water”, “Mommy’s jacket”, etc). Between 19 and 20 months, she started with these strings of babble that sounded like sentences except that we couldn’t really make them out. A lot of her words still don’t really sound like what they’re supposed to sound like, though we still recognize many of them in context. I long ago stopped counting her words, but she must have over 100 now. Some of her early words are starting to clear up. Originally, “waffle” and “water” were both “wawa” but now we have “wa-vel” and “wa-er”.

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Some favorite/often heard words and phrases:

  • “gagees” (glasses)
  • “gagoon” (jacket)
  • “behben” (blanket)
  • “cown” (crayon)
  • “My turn!”
  • “1 more!” (said while holding up 1 finger, usually when a show is over)
  • “More na pees!” (More snack please – She’s obsessed with snacks and asks for them all day long!)
  • “Where Daddy/Mommy/GaGa go?”

By 20 months she was regularly using 2-word and even 3-word phrases that we could understand! She is able to ask for what she wants and we are able to offer her choices. That doesn’t always work (especially when what she wants is NOT one of the choices) but we’re getting there. She is also starting to revise her word for Caelan. It started out as GaGa, but is now morphing into Kai-en, which is closer!

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As far as I know, Leah doesn’t know any letters or numbers. We kind of “forgot” to teach her those. Poor second child. Caelan was all about his letter/number/colors peg puzzles at this age, but he didn’t have an older sibling to play/fight with. It may be time to break out the magnetic letters and kill two birds with one stone – the alphabet for Leah and spelling for Caelan.

Leah is starting to move out of her stranger-danger phase. She is still shy and usually quiet around people she doesn’t see all the time, but she is warming up. She’s taken a liking to the director at Caelan’s school and will even run to her to be picked up, but she still doesn’t speak around her other than to say “bye”. I keep assuring the director that she definitely does talk and I’m sure she’ll be an even better talker when she starts going to preschool herself in about 4 months!

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Both kids show signs of concern whenever the other one is upset and/or crying. They both try to comfort the upset sibling with shushing and hugs but usually get pushed away as the upset sibling is too upset to accept comfort. But when they’re both happy, they love to give hugs, especially at bedtime. They play reasonably well together. Of course there are fights and screaming and someone-took-someone’s-toy, etc etc etc, but that’s siblings for ya. They have also started to conspire against us, with Caelan leading the way and Leah more than happy to tag along.

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Leah’s sleep habits are…not great. She has dropped down to 1 nap per day, for the most part, which is good. Usually it’s after lunch, but sometimes she will crash earlier in the day. Putting her down is not usually a problem at all. Bedtime, also, is relatively easy (minus the fight Bill has with her to get her pajamas on) but she only sleeps through the night about half the time. The other half of the time, she wakes up 1-3x/night crying and we go in, she lies back down pretty much immediately, we recover her with a blanket, and that’s it. On the one hand, it’s nice that she (usually) goes right back to sleep, but on the other hand, she’s 21 months old! She should be able to go back to sleep without us going in there.

Leah continues to be a big fan of books. If you have unlimited time and patience she will bring you book after book after book to read to her! Her current favorites are “Purplicious” and a couple of nursery rhymes books. Leah also loves to color.

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Leah is great with self-care skills and she can be pretty independent. She can take off and put away her own shoes, she can put on shoes (depending on the shoe), she can put on her own jacket (she needs help with the zipper), and she is learning to take off her own clothes which she then puts in her laundry basket.

This seems like a long time ago now, but back in February, Leah got to play in the snow for the first time. I’m not sure how she felt about it. She didn’t hate it, but she wasn’t able to walk in 4+ inches of snow and falling that often was frustrating for her.

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Leah’s 2nd Easter was a big hit! She looked so adorable in her dress and she had a great time hunting for eggs both at home and at Grandma and Pop’s house. We did take the kids to see the Easter Bunny this year. Leah seemed excited about it while we were waiting in line, but when she actually got up to the bunny, she panicked and ran away. Not unexpected really!

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Since it’s finally been getting warmer, we’ve been able to play outside! Leah loves to ride Caelan’s bike (which at this point is just us pushing her on it). She loves to color with chalk and run after Caelan. She also takes off down the driveway every chance she gets. The other day I got to be that mom yelling and running down the driveway after an escaped toddler while a sympathetic woman in a minivan stopped to wait for me to scoop Leah up. At least I’m getting exercise?!

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I’m really enjoying watching Leah turn into a real toddler right before my eyes. Her personality is coming out and though she definitely has a flair for the dramatic, she is also funny and silly and sweet. Hopefully we can nip the drama in the bud and it won’t get too out of control, but we’ll just have to see. I also hope that she’ll continue to come out of her shell a little more. She’s so talkative at home and not many other people get to see that side of her!

The next post I write for Leah is going to be her 2 year old post. We will officially have no more babies in the house when she hits that milestone! They’ll always be MY babies of course (though Caelan argues with me about that, insisting he’s NOT a baby anymore). Very soon I’ll be starting up “Leah Lines” – a collection of Leah sayings/conversations. I’ve only got 2 collected so far, so not enough for a post yet…but soon :)

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Leah – 21 Months Old

Leah’s 21 Month Stats

  • Wearing 18-24 month tops and bottoms and 24 month sleepers/pajamas, size 5 or 6 shoes
  • Size 5 diapers
  • Weight:
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  • Favorite foods: Yogurt, breakfast bars, GOLDFISH, bananas, any and all fruits and veggies
  • Loves reading books, playing with cars, trying on shoes, eating snacks, coloring and getting into mischief (with or without Caelan)

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Caelan Conversations, Part 17

March 23, 2015

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CAELAN: Be quiet, Mommy. I’m going to make us a pigeon.

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Talking about what to have for dinner…

CAELAN: I want Chick Fil A.

SARAH: No.

CAELAN: Glory Days?

SARAH: No.

CAELAN: Lettuce?

SARAH: What?!

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At the dentist, the receptionist notices Caelan’s blue and green gloves…

RECEPTIONIST: Those are Seahawks colors you know!

SARAH: Oh we’ll have to throw them away then! What’s your team, Caelan?

CAELAN: Peyton.

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Caelan and Leah are fighting over two of Leah’s toys…

CAELAN: Leah can’t have both toys!

BILL: Yes she can, they’re hers.

CAELAN [sternly and loudly]: I’m going to keep an eye on you!!

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CAELAN: Do you want to play chocolate potato?

SARAH: How do we play that?

CAELAN: We pass it till the music stops.

SARAH: Oh, HOT potato?

CAELAN: Yeah!

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SARAH: Oh, we forgot your dinosaur paintings at school. We’ll have to get them tomorrow.

CAELAN: Oh man!…..Who’s the “man”?

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CAELAN: Something smells.

SARAH: What does it smell like?

CAELAN: I don’t know. It smells like a smell.

SARAH: Okay then.

CAELAN: It smells like a leprechaun!

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CAELAN: Mommy, guess who was at school today? It was Mickey Mouse and he was 40 and tall!

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CAELAN: Mommy, you have to take the sneaky way to school.

SARAH: I don’t know the sneaky way. I’ll have to ask Daddy.

CAELAN: You go through the bushes, and then you’ll see school.

SARAH [continuing on the normal route]: Okay.

After a minute or two…

CAELAN: Mommy, you have to take the sneaky way.

SARAH: But I don’t know the sneaky way.

CAELAN: I told you, you go through the bushes and then you might see school.

SARAH: What bushes?

CAELAN [annoyed sigh]


Caelan Conversations, Part 16

February 19, 2015

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CAELAN: You packed me an eyeball for lunch.

SARAH: I did not! You’re so random.

CAELAN: No YOU’RE random! Your name is Random.

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Caelan is arranging his chair and Leah’s with a blanket over top…

SARAH: Are you making a fort?

CAELAN: No, I’m making a cage. For us to live in.

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CAELAN: What’s Valentine’s Day?

SARAH: It’s a day when we say how much we love each other.

CAELAN: And there’s candy! And cupcakes! And treats!

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As Caelan climbs into the bathtub he complains about the water temperature, which is a regular thing with him…

CAELAN: It’s hot!!

SARAH: It’s not hot, it’s warm….[quietly to Bill] *luke* warm, even.

CAELAN: It’s not luke warm! Luke warm has sparkles.

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Caelan leans over and whispers to Leah…

CAELAN: Come on Leah, we’re going to turn Mommy into a pancake!

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This one is hard to explain, but imagine the SNL “Really??” bit and that’s how he said this…

I was sweeping crumbs from the kitchen table onto Leah’s placemat so that I could then carry it to the trash can…

CAELAN: Onto Leah’s placemat?…Really??


Leah Caroline, Months 15-18

February 2, 2015

I’m sure I JUST wrote Leah’s 15 month post…not sure how it’s time to write this one already! Somehow our baby is a full fledged toddler now.

Leah is a pro at walking and running – and dancing!! This girl LOVES to dance!! She’s also started trying to jump, which basically means she bends her knees and springs up like she’s going to jump, but her feet don’t actually move. Caelan did the same thing and it was hysterical then and still is now. She’s also getting better at climbing. She can climb onto the couch by herself about 50% of the time and she knows how to turn around and slide off by herself. She can climb up the stairs on her own (though we always walk behind her) but she doesn’t know how to go down on her belly yet. She insists on walking down (holding our hand and the rail, thankfully). She’s also asking to walk more during daycare/school drop off which I guess is kind of nice because she’s getting heavy to hold, but it’s tricky keeping hold of 2 kids’ hands in the parking lot.

Sadly, the broncos ended their season this very day, but the uniform is a 2T so she can wear it next year!

Sadly, the broncos ended their season this very day, but the uniform is a 2T so she can wear it next year!

Leah is obsessed with books. Her favorite thing to do is grab a book and then ask to be picked up so you can read it to her. No doubt, reading has helped a ton with her speech. I tried hard to keep my expectations in check when it came to her speech. I knew that Caelan had a major vocabulary explosion between 15-18 months, but I couldn’t necessarily expect that from Leah since they are different kids and all that. But she HAS had a vocabulary explosion! She had about 15 words at 15 months, and now she has about 50. She seems to pick up a couple new ones every week. She also knows several animal sounds (“moo” is her favorite, and ours!) and can identify about a dozen body parts. I’m excited for her to start stringing some words together, which should be coming soon!

Leah calls us Mommy and Daddy. She started with Mama and Dada, but mama became a word that seemed to mean “help” so she stopped calling me that and started calling me Mommy. The transition to Daddy has been somewhat long. Sometimes she still calls Bill Dada, sometimes it’s Daddeee, and sometimes its My Daddy. Her word for Caelan is GaGa. It sounds like gibberish but it’s very clear that she means Caelan. Sometimes it sounds more like CaGa but until she can say L’s, it will probably not sound much like his name at all. She calls herself Eah (again, she can’t say L’s yet!).

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Reading

Leah loves to color and scribble. Her fine motor skills are excellent and she even knows how to hold a pen/crayon correctly. She doesn’t do it all the time, but I was shocked that she could do it at all!

Leah is going through a phase with some separation anxiety. She is fine at daycare (because she’s gone there everyday since before she can remember) but anywhere else, even familiar places, she gets clingy and has a meltdown when we leave. She does calm down eventually, after we are gone. On top of the separation anxiety (which is normal for her age) she’s also in a “mommy phase”. I am her favorite right now and that is good and bad and interesting all at once. Caelan always preferred Bill, so this is new to me. On the one hand, it’s sweet that she wants me to hold her, but I’d also like a break sometimes, and I feel bad for whoever gets an earful of screaming when they pick her up. Hopefully she will ease up as she gets older and more independent.

Girl has perfected the death stare - a valuable skill!

Girl has perfected the death stare – a valuable skill!

Leah likes playing cars with Caelan, or really anytime he lets her play with him. They play together often and she just LOVES him and will do anything he says. There are more and more “incidents” lately that almost always involve someone taking a toy from someone else, but they can play together nicely too. Leah is also great at playing by herself. Sometimes I’ll notice that it’s a bit too quiet (normally a bad sign) and I’ll go looking for her just to find her quietly “reading” by herself. With a bigger house, and double the number of children we had when Caelan was this age, Leah gets A LOT more freedom around the house. Both kids have free reign over the main level which is pretty well toddler-proofed. It’s a relief for me to not hover over them all the time. If I can keep them in ear-shot, I’m happy.

These two ganged up on me at the grocery store!

These two ganged up on me at the grocery store, which is exactly why I don’t normally take BOTH of them with me!

Feeding the kids is becoming easier as well. Leah has 15 teeth now and is eating pretty much anything. She drinks milk like it’s her job – she LOVES it! We still cut some food up for her (especially meat) but she prefers to be given larger pieces of food to eat (whole slices of pizza, for example). Leah normally asks for utensils at dinner and she likes to hold them but doesn’t always use them. For yogurt, she will use a spoon, and pretty well actually. She pretty much still likes most foods and hasn’t really entered a picky stage yet. She is still sitting in the highchair most of the time, but we could probably switch to a booster. If she sits on her own (like in the pic below) she just gets up from the table too many times, so she’s not ready for that quite yet!

Eating lunch

Eating lunch

A weird thing has happened to ME as Leah is getting older…She’s bringing out my girly girl side. Maybe it’s that her hair is finally long enough for barrettes or pony tails, or that there are so many cute clothing options for toddler girls. She’s reasonably good about keeping hair accessories in lately, so that is a nice change! She is still quite a few months away from needing a hair cut though.

Yay pony tail!

Yay pony tail!

How are Leah’s sleep habits these days? Eh…at this point, it just is what it is, I guess. Bill puts her to bed 95% of the time and she is pretty easy to put down. She dropped her bedtime bottle between 15-16 months old and that was an easy transition. On average she sleeps 8pm-6/6:30am, so that’s not too bad. We usually hear her once or twice overnight. Sometimes we have to go in and settle her down and sometimes she falls back to sleep on her own. There have been a few rough nights with many wake ups but those are usually because of teething or illness.

Speaking of illness, it’s been a rough couple months. Somehow Leah got through her first year hardly ever getting sick, but this year has been a different story. Both kids had a cold and ear infections, among other things in December. This time of year is my least favorite for this reason. Bring on Springtime!!

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Showing off all those teeth!!

Leah’s 2nd Christmas was really more like her first Christmas because this year she was old enough to at least have some idea of what was going on. She helped Caelan spot our elf every morning (sometimes finding him before Caelan did!) and she had fun opening her gifts on Christmas. We didn’t put ornaments on the bottom 3rd of our tree this year, but Leah didn’t really bother the tree anyway. We didn’t get to go see Santa this year but it was probably just as well since I doubt Leah would have gone anywhere near him! She did see him when he came by on the fire engine, but I don’t think she knew what was going on.

What a difference a year makes!

What a difference a year makes!

A few family members have mentioned to me recently that they didn’t feel like they really knew Leah very well, or that they hadn’t got to spend much time with her. Part of that is that she’s pretty clingy in a big group so when people see her, she’s stuck to my hip and not really interacting with anyone. She’s also usually overshadowed by her brother simply because he’s older and he’s able to talk and play, etc. But Leah is 18 months old now and rapidly learning to talk so people are finally getting to “know” her! She is sweet and funny and she loves to read, and play, and dance. She’s starting to parrot us some and that can be pretty hysterical! She’s definitely less laid back than Caelan and some have called her high-maintenance, but *I* don’t think she is! HighER-maintenance than Caelan, sure, but that is not a fair comparison :) She does have that high-pitched shriek down pat (omg my bleeding ears).

This age is SO much fun because of the vocab explosions, but it’s also a little tricky. She understands us, and we mostly understand her, but she’s not quite old enough to be reasoned with. We can’t bargain with her to eat one more bite of corn before she can have another tortilla, and we can’t explain to her why she can’t have a snack right before dinner. But we’re going to have to start trying. It’s going to be a long process, I know. We haven’t really started time outs with her, but that is probably coming soon. She’s got the tantruming down pat, so she’s well on her way to 2 :) :'( :-o

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Happy 18 Months, sweet baby girl!!

Leah’s 18 Month Stats

  • Wearing 18 month tops and bottoms and 18 month sleepers (but growing out of all), size 5 or 6 shoes
  • Size 5 diapers
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  • Done with bottles!!
  • Favorite foods: Macaroni & cheese, pouches, waffles, corn, tortillas, fruit
  • Loves reading, dancing, coloring, taking off her socks, and still loves playing with her brother

Caelan Conversations, Part 15

January 8, 2015

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CAELAN: Sometimes it’s hard to get some quiet time.

SARAH: Tell me about it.

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CAELAN [pointing to his hair]: If I tell Leah this is my nose, then Jack and Jill won’t be Daddy’s best friend.

SARAH: ………. ?

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CAELAN: I am just going to protect you with my fire, Captain Hook!

SARAH: ………. ?

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SARAH: What do blue and yellow make?

CAELAN: Green.

SARAH: And what do green and yellow make?

CAELAN: ……Packers!

We may have told him green + yellow = Packers, blue + orange = Broncos… ;)

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CAELAN: Mommy’s a taco, Daddy’s a taco, Leah’s a taco, and I’m a superhero!

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CAELAN [sitting down on the potty]: It’s cold!!

SARAH: I know, just go ahead.

CAELAN: But Mommy, the toilet seat is cold! Was it in the freezer?

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In the car…

CAELAN: Daddy, what are you doing?

BILL: I’m driving.

CAELAN: Mommy, are you passenging?

SARAH: Yep, what are you doing?

CAELAN: I’m back driving!

SARAH: Back seat driving?

CAELAN: No, back driving! [pretends to crazily turn a steering wheel]

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SARAH: Caelan, what’s on your new socks?

CAELAN: Green Lantern. He has a ring with magical powers.

SARAH: That’s right.

CAELAN: But Mommy, what does Green Lantern DO?

SARAH: Um……[Googles to brush up on my Green Lantern trivia! Turns out it was the typical “fights crime”]

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After watching Rudolph, Caelan is afraid of the Abominable Snowman only “abominable” is pretty hard to say…

BILL: Who are you afraid of?

CAELAN: The Baltimore Snowman!!


Caelan Vaughn, 3 1/2 Years

December 1, 2014

This one crept up on me! 3 1/2 seems so much older than just 3. Just as I was shocked to realize a year ago that my BABY wasn’t Caelan anymore, but Leah…now I am realizing that my TODDLER isn’t Caelan anymore, but Leah. Caelan is my PRESCHOOLER (omg)!

The past 6 months were full of all kinds of craziness in our home life. We moved twice during that time, we went on a family vacation, and Caelan started in a new classroom at school. He handled all the change pretty well, but there were a few bumps here and there. Caelan has also learned a TON in those few months!!

Our trip to OBX in August was Caelan’s 2nd beach trip in his life. He loved playing in the sand, collecting shells, taking long walks, and eventually playing in the surf. He was fairly afraid of the water and it took several days for us to convince him to even touch it, but once someone suggested jumping in the surf, he came around.

Jumping!

Jumping!

When the first day of school rolled around, Caelan moved up to the 3 year old classroom. He’s the youngest in his class but so far that’s been great for him. He’s already learning so much.

First Day in the 3's Class

First Day in the 3’s Class

Caelan has made a lot of progress with counting. He can easily count to 30, and he can count objects up to 30 as well. He can count to 100 by tens and I’m sure as soon as it clicks in which of those tens comes after 29, 39, 49, etc he will be counting to 100 in no time! He’s beginning to recognize double digit numbers as well. Sometimes he gets them backwards and sometimes there are a few hilarious mistakes (“fivety-five”, “onety-six”) but he’s learning :)

At this point, Caelan has long since known all of his upper and lower case letters and he knows the sounds for almost all of them. We’ve started sounding out a few words here and there but he is often impatient and/or frustrated with it. He does know how to spell his name and knows what letter many words and names start with. Since starting preschool, he’s started learning how to write/draw shapes and letters. One of the goals of his 3-year-old class is to be able to write his name fairly legibly by the end of the year. Right now, he is able to trace his name and he can write it on his own, though not clearly. Still, just 3 months ago, he could barely draw a shape of any kind so this is a huge step!

You can make out the "E"...

You can make out the “E”…

A few months ago, Caelan went through a serious “why?” phase. The volume of questions that came out of his mouth was staggering. And frustrating. Why is a hot dog a hot dog??? I just… ::head desk:: Caelan also started interrogating everyone on things they liked or didn’t like (“Do you like mustard?”). He’d go around the dinner table and survey everyone about certain food items. At other times, it would be more random. He’d pick up a toy and ask “You like this toy, Mommy?” Sure, I love toys.

Enjoying a cake pop at Target

Enjoying a cake pop at Target

Caelan still asks plenty of questions, but he’s also entered a new phase of nearly constant whining. He’s been extra emotional in the past few months and everything seems to set him off. Part of it is his age, I assume, and maybe part of it has to do with the upheaval in our home life. Though Caelan appeared to handle the moves well, I’m sure it was stressful on some level.

Caelan loves his new closet

Caelan loves his new closet

The number of stuffed animals in his bed has tripled as has the number of nightlights in his room. He also now requests that his door be left open at night. He had a few nightmares and night wakings in the first couple of weeks in the new house, but those seem to have passed now. We still usually leave the door open though.

Caelan has gained a lot of independence since we’ve been in the new house. He can get dressed and undressed with very little assistance from us. He can brush his own teeth, go to the bathroom by himself, and he is learning to bathe himself as well. He goes up and down the stairs by himself, clears his plate after dinner, and sits at the table without a booster seat. In the interest of keeping it real…while Caelan is capable of all of those things I just mentioned, getting him to actually do something in a reasonable amount of time is often a battle.

Baking cookies

Baking cookies

At school, Caelan is doing so well academically. We met with his teacher last week and she told us that Caelan is well ahead of his class, despite being the youngest. Socially, he’s on track with the other 3 year olds who are all going through spurts of minor aggression and bouts of potty mouth here and there. He doesn’t nap regularly anymore so he gets his cot set up next to his teacher so he won’t disturb the other children who ARE napping.

About a month ago, we enrolled Caelan in a gymnastics class for preschoolers. It’s a Saturday morning class for 3-5 year olds and he seems to enjoy it a lot. I’m glad we found an activity that he enjoys and a way for him to burn some energy on the weekends!

Gymnastics

Gymnastics

Everyday when Caelan comes home from school he tells us who his best friend is. It varies depending on who he happened to play with the most that day, but I think his real best friend at the moment is Leah. He often tells us as much (“Leah’s my best friend. I love her.”) Those two have SO much fun together! Leah will literally drop whatever she’s doing and run to him if he calls for her – which he does often. There’s plenty of shrieking and fighting over who was playing with which toy or sitting in whose chair, but there’s lots of running and giggling as well. Caelan is often distracted at dinner because he and Leah are too busy making each other laugh to finish eating. He’s also asked a few times to have a sleepover with Leah and if we didn’t think Leah would just fall right off the bed, that would be a fun thing to try! Maybe sleeping bags…

Brother and sister

Brother and sister

The past few months have been difficult with Caelan’s 3 year old behavior. There’s been lots of back-talk, the occasional swipe at us, and lots and lots of sobbing and tantrums. I can’t even remember what he was like at age 2, but 3 is much, much worse. (I’m sure Leah will remind us about 2 year olds in a few months, ugh!) Some of his bad behavior happens at school but they have a lot of rules and routines there that mostly keep the kids in check. For the most part he reserves this kind of behavior for just Bill and me (yay). We are hoping to give Caelan some responsibilities at home as well as the opportunity to earn (or lose) certain privileges so hopefully that will help.

As if to make up for the often horrendous behavior, Caelan is also extra sweet and affectionate lately. He dishes out plenty of hugs and kisses, I-love-yous, and compliments. It’s all very sweet and as much as he is absolutely driving us crazy lately, I have this feeling like he needs the extra attention and affection. I have to constantly remind myself that he’s only 3 years old and it is completely developmentally appropriate for him to lack control over his emotions. The tantrums and the limit testing is all normal and he is struggling to gain more maturity as much as we are struggling waiting for him to get there.

In the meantime, I love every extra hug and “I love you” and even though the tantrums over nothing are bewildering, it’s nice to know that often what he needs is a hug from Mommy or Daddy. At this point in his life, we can still hold him and that usually makes it better. I know there are going to be plenty of things in the future that we won’t be able to fix as easily, or at all. So for now I’ll try to be thankful that his problems are usually only as serious as not being able to get his shirt over his head. I can handle THAT problem :)

3 1/2 Years Old (photo by Joseph Boss)

3 1/2 Years Old (photo by Joseph Boss)

Caelan’s 3 1/2 Year Stats

  • Wearing 3T and 4T tops, 24m/2T pants (a few are still 18m!!), size 9 shoes
  • Weight: 32 lbs
  • Height: 38 inches (3′ 2″)
  • Loves playing catch, running, reading, writing and drawing, wrestling, playing with Leah

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