I decided to start a fun tradition beginning with the third birthday - an annual questionnaire. I've seen several variations of this idea on pinterest, but I decided to model mine after the one on this blog. I asked Jack 20 questions and will ask him those same questions each year near his birthday to see how his answers change. I framed both the questions and the photo collage below at his birthday party and then will retire them to a scrapbook for safe keeping. I also videotaped him answering the questions, which was pretty cute, but also very long (over 7 minutes!). It will be fun to someday combine all the years' interviews onto one (insert whatever the technology will be then, as it surely won't be a DVD) to hear how his little voice and pronunciation changes, along with the responses to his questions.
- Similar to all parents of preschoolers, we often give him choices (i.e. Do you want to brush your teeth first or go potty first? It's your choice), so the other day we were on the way home and he said "Mommy. Is Daddy working or is he at home? It's your choice."
- He really likes to start a lot of his sentences with "Remember." For example: "Remember. (dramatic pause) You need to put the coal car after the engine."
- One night a few weeks ago it was warm in our house so we took our little sweaty guy Charlie's shirt off. Jack noticed and immediately wanted his off too. He started asking questions so I explained the boys can wear no shirt but girls always wear shirts. He realized Daddy doesn't always wear a shirt and it was all over. He didn't wear a shirt to bed for a week! It was pretty cute seeing his little skinny bare torso but I'm glad that phase is over - I was worried he'd get too cold at night!
Jack started in a new classroom at school when he turned three, so he is now a Cardinal. His transition is going awesome!! I wasn't sure what to expect because the new teachers (Ms Kellie and Ms Teresita, who are both great by the way) don't arrive until 8:30am each morning, so we drop off with a different teacher, which they are in the process of hiring. In the meantime, it's been a different teacher each morning. That hasn't phased Jack though. A few things have helped make this so easy: 1. several of the kids were in his Butterflies class, 2. the new classroom is connected to his old one, so he was already familiar with the teachers and 3. there is a sensory table that is currently filled with sand, much to Jack's delight. We have had four drop offs now and each one has been a piece of cake. He also gets to play on the big playground now that he's a big three year old, so that is very exciting.
We also have another big change at our house: the loveys no longer leave the bed! For some reason he started to become very attached to his loveys at about 18 months, starting with just "blue" but then progressing over the past year and a half to where he was taking "blue," "white," "brown" and now his dog (my sister's old Pound Puppy that he found at Grandma and Grandpa's house) basically everywhere he went. We've been telling him for the past month that when he turns three the loveys will need to stay in his bed. We honestly weren't sure how that would go over, but so far he has put up very little fight with the new rule. Such a big guy!
We're very proud of our Jack Man! He's such a happy, fun little guy most of the time and we just love hanging out with him!