Size – Going to the doctor today so I can confirm then I suppose but Carter is roughly 39″ and I’m going to guess 36lbs. He just moved into a lot of 4t clothes but the majority of his wardrobe is still 3t. If I buy him clothes from the “girl’s side” he is a 4t or even 5t depending on cut. For being a pretty solid sized baby and early toddler he seems relatively average these days…maybe a bit denser than other kids.
Sleeping – For a kid who slept through the night pretty well around 1 he has a lot of wake ups now. I think maybe once a week he sleeps through the night. Most nights he wakes up and either calls for us or comes and climbs in our bed. For the most part we don’t mind this but i know it’s not great for our sleep. He still naps most days but maybe shouldn’t? Bedtime he is at his sweetest. He rarely protests though maybe he asks for extra books. He lies there face-to-face to me whispering sweet things and looking about as pretty as can be.
Eating – Appetite has for sure changed. He is pickier about food but still generally will try things. He loves lentil soup best of all. He’s started to eat some raw vegetables which is a win. We mostly eat vegan at home but when Carter wants yogurt I go to the store with him so he can buy it. I think it’s pretty adorable.
He doesn’t like cake, brownies, ice cream, lollipops or juice. He acts like he loves all of those things and if you give it to him he pretends to eat it but usually abandons it and asks for something savoury or water. He’s always been a salt fiend.
Language – Carter is so very verbal. His teacher pulled me aside one day and said he is the first kid that he’s had in years that he can have full conversations with and he’s one of the youngest in his class. He’s considerate and interested in what other people have to say. He asks a lot of questions which is sometimes exhausting but he asks questions about other people’s feelings which makes me feel so happy. Every morning he asks how we slept, every evening he asks us how our day was.
He is interested in learning new words and then using them appropriately. I love when a word is used in a book and he starts using it. In a terrible PAW Patrol book he was given one page says:
“No” Marshall protested.
One day I asked him if he would get his stuff on so we could walk home from school and he was dawdling. I kept urging him along and he said “No, I’m protesting!”
It was a good laugh.
He knows all uppercase letters but lowercase have been more challenging for him. He is working on the sounds of letters but we don’t work too hard. I’m not sure what they do at school. I don’t want to put to much pressure on things but he often asks me what letters words start with.
Last night he drew a ‘D’ and said “look Mommy! it’s a ‘D’ for Dylan!”
Playing/Strength –He’s gotten tougher and his balance has improved. He is very cautious and rarely falls or gets hurt. He’s faster when he runs finally but still couldn’t keep up with Dylan when she gets going.
He loves playing with figurines (PAW Patrol, Peppa Pig, Dollhouse), he loves his trains and his cars. Hide and go seek is his game of choice though he still tells us where he is going to hide no matter how many times we tell him he shouldn’t.
He creates games with his friends at school. He tries to teach games to Dylan and sometimes she tries to get it.
He’s become a good, confident swimmer. He will do any of the skills requested by his teacher but generally just wants to swim around with a noodle underneath him or with his puddle jumper if we go to free swim. He’s mastered turning himself around which I didn’t realize he couldn’t do until I realized he could.
He sometimes choses to walk home from school which is over a mile and I think this is pretty amazing albeit slow.
He tried a dance class but it didn’t mesh well. He liked doing things but overall it wasn’t a hit and he didn’t want to go in by himself and us going with him isn’t an option.
He is going to try Karate once he isn’t sick anymore and he is incredibly excited about that. We’ve watched a lot of videos and gone in and watched a class.
Books – Carter can memorize a book after reading it only a few times. He started doing this early on and it continues to amaze me. He will often request to read the same books for 2 weeks in a row before moving onto others in his library. His favourite books this week are: Waiting, The Way Back Home, Don’t let the Pigeon Stay Up late, Rosie Revere Engineer, and The Most Magnificent Thing.
Style – I love the outfits Carter picks. I love seeing what he likes. He never wants to wear sweatpants but we’ve worked some leggings into his wardrobe so he has a comfy option for when he is doing something particularly active. He loves jeans and he loves his heart pants that I think are a bit obnoxious.
He really likes wearing collared button up shirts which wouldn’t be my first choice for comfort but he really loves them and looks adorable in them.
He sometimes wears about 10 layers between an undershirt, shirt, sweatshirt and he’s gotten into wearing two jackets for whatever reason.
He is probably the most responsible mitten owner there ever was and has never lost a mitten. How is this possible?
Carter is such an amazing kid (totally unbiased, right?). He is fun, interesting, pretty well behaved, mostly patient and genuine. He is good about communicating his feelings and expressing his needs. He sets boundaries with people and of this I’m proud though sometimes I find myself mildly embarrassed that he isn’t interacting with people that really do love him and care for him. He loves his sister far more than I ever prepared myself for and he is helpful. He has a passion for cooking and I’m glad I can let him help me. He made his own birthday cake this year with me helping with measuring. He can crack eggs, use a blender, flip a pancake, carefully put things in the oven. He asks for help with things when he needs it and with encouragement will try new things. He is determined to get better at cutting things with a knife and wants to practice often.
He isn’t very into art but when he does artistic things he for sure has a style that he has had forever. He likes overall designs and full coverage.