In other development milestones: He knows his numbers to 20 but usually misses 15 still, and has counted to 80 before (with only a tiny bit of help). He is practicing writing his letters and numbers and usually really enjoys it but I try not to push practicing. His speech has gotten much clearer and he is getting better with his r's. We are working on what sounds each letter makes and he is enjoying practicing that too.
|Playing ping pong with daddy on Thursday.|
|Donovan dressed himself in this outfit a couple weeks ago. I love this picture because he is so happy.|
|"Don't take my picture mom!"|
He is very particular about things and we can see a little bit of Tom's OCD coming through him now. He only tolerates some types of socks when he is wearing shoes as the rest are too puffy and they "bother him". He is also pretty obsessed with being clean. He has to have a wet paper towel after eating most meals so he can clean himself off and every morning in the car after he eats his pop tart he requests a baby wipe and then asks, "mom, do I look clean?" He also loves to line his cars up and gets mad at Reese when she messes up his stuff.
Sleeping: He usually is in bed by 8:30 and asleep by 9. He is up at the crack of 6:30 on days when he doesn't have to be up (weekends and days when Grammie Q comes here) and is a teenager, arguing with you at 7am to let him sleep more on days when he has to be up early (school days). He still takes a nap (thank you son!) and they are usually about 2 hours long. I love that about him. When he does wake up early during the week or weekends, he just comes out and turns on the tv and sits on the couch and watches the disney channel until we wake up. It is wonderful!
He is really starting to enjoy Reese and it is great. He still scolds her a lot but that is to be expected when you have a pesky younger sister. Like I have mentioned before, he is still VERY protective of her and it makes me so happy. He is constantly making sure she is not going in to the street or doing something dangerous. He is quick to defend her if he thinks we are wronging her (like if we pretend we are leaving her if she is throwing a fit) but can definitely be the aggressor with her too. Overall though he is enjoying her more and more. Tonight there was lots of giggles between the two of them in the bath. And at dinner he told her not to do something, "Because it is going to make me laugh and then I might choke."
Eating: Kid loves corn dogs. Eats one a day, maybe two if we let him. Loves berries (black, rasp and straw), apples (skin off please), McDonalds chicken nuggies, choc milk, pop tarts and corn ("I like the kind at school. The kind we have makes me gag.") His major food love above all right now? POPSICLES! This kid eats more popsicles than anyone I have ever met. His usual snack after dinner or lunch is two of those popsicles that have the plastic all over them that you have to push up. He also likes to cut the top of the plastic off himself with our adult scissors so he can "practice" his scissor skills.
He is getting more and more fun everyday. He told me the other day that he is 4 so he is almost an "adult". He loves his grandparents and really enjoys when he gets to hang out with them without his sister. His vocabulary is getting so big and fun. He tells me now, "Oh, that is interesting!" several times a day. He often tells me "I'm using my imagimation" too when he is playing. He is starting to show an interest in helping with chores which is AWESOME so we got that going for us, which is nice. He is such a good helper and is so fun to take on errands or anywhere really. I love that I drop him off and pick him up three times per week as his running commentary makes my commute so much more fun.
I loved this past year with him and am super sad to see 3 yrs go as it was such a good year. I know 4 will be great too but I am nostalgic. The only thing we didn't get done on my 3yr old to do list was fish, go ice skating and go see a movie. I think we will add the first two soon and the third maybe when he is 6 yo. We will see. I love our little 4 yr old so much! I can't believe how much of a big kid he is becoming. We love you Dono!