Another new thing: riding his tricycle everywhere! Time to go brush his teeth? Better ride his bike from the living room to the bathroom. Putting his shoes away in his room? Put those puppies in his "trunk" and drive them in there. EVERYwhere! Which brings me to another important skill Jack has developed: Master Staller. He has gotten so creative in ways to stall when it's time to do something he doesn't want to, especially at bedtime. A key examples telling us he doesn't want to go potty then waiting until we've gone through the whole routine (teeth, turn music on, turn light off, close door, get in bed), then decides he wants to go potty. Of course we can't tell him no. Another one: requesting a drink of water after he's in bed. Of course we oblige, but if you bring him ice water, he wants no ice; if you bring just tap water, he wants ice. Oh boy. We've learned that to ease transitions for Jack (when it's time to leave, go to bed, or eat) we set a timer on our phone. He knows when the timer goes off, it's time to do whatever activity. It seems to be working - he just needs some warning!
Our big guy's imagination has really been blooming too. He loves to pretend! A favorite is on the weekends when he rides his bike to run errands for us (into the other room and back): "I go to gas station and get Daddy's coffee," or "I go to Mia & Lily's house," or "Mommy I go get you a Diet Coke." So cute.
Jack is a pretty good eater. I wouldn't say he's the most adventurous toddler on earth, but he likes many foods. Some nights he needs constant reminding to take bites of his dinner and even some assistance, but other nights he'll eat everything on his plate without much nagging. He's recently developed more of a sweet tooth and likes most desserts; he used to not really eat chocolate - I'm not surprised he came around on that one - who doesn't like chocolate??
|Daddy taught him to spray whipped cream directly into his mouth|
The big shot is loving school! He's always talking about his friends at school, especially Grier and Cooper. Drop offs have gotten easier and easier, and now after I play with him for a few minutes, he likes to escort me to the door and "push me out," which is apparently a thing they do (I've seen other kids doing it to their parents too). I'll take that over tears any day! He comes with me to drop Charlie off at his classroom but rarely comes in with me, preferring to stand out in the hallway and watch through the window instead. Silly guy.
Speaking of Charlie, Jack LOVES his baby brother! He's always kissing him and playing with him. We discovered the other day that Charlie laughs when he hears Jack laugh, which Jack loves. He's now taken to fake laughing to see if he can get a response from Charlie. Of course he gets pretty disappointed when Charlie doesn't react the way he wants!
|He loves to climb into Charlie's exersaucer|
We weighed Jack this weekend and think he weighs about 35.5 pounds. He's making his way into size 4T clothing and wears a size 6 diaper, which, by the way, is the largest size they make I think. Time to get that boy on the potty! He has started going on the potty in the morning and before bed, but other than that, he doesn't have a ton of interest.
We had the Ashers and Lades over for dinner Saturday night and Jack had fun laying with his friends Addison and Reghan. Here they are being silly. Jack and Addi got excited when the Little Einsteins came on, and decided to get up and dance to the theme song. Too cute!!
I had to share this photo and video. Jack and Grandpa built a snowman last Tuesday when we got a couple inches of snow. Then Jack was apparently begging to destroy it with his favorite baseball bat, which he calls "my cool bat." Luckily, Grandma and Grandpa held him off until I got there to pick the boys up, so I got to witness it (and take this video).
|Jack, Grandpa and Frost|
And destroying Frosty with his "cool bat"