Kevin’s 3 Year Update

On September 12th, my oldest baby boy turned 3 years old! A lot has changed in his world since my last update when he was 2 1/2. He impresses and amazes me, exhausts and tests me, and I fall more and more in love with him every day. Here are all the details about Kevin at the age of 3 (it’s a long one!).

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At his 3 year appointment on Friday Kevin was 39.5 inches tall (90th percentile) and 32 pounds (50th percentile). He’s still a tall and skinny kid! He held steady at 31 pounds for a good 7 months or so, and finally gained a little more weight. He wears size 3-4T in shirts and pants, depending on the brand. Since he’s so tall and thin, we’ve been needing to use the pants that adjust in the waist, especially now that he’s not in a diaper anymore (yay!).

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Yes, my boy is POTTY TRAINED! Woo hoo! We’re still wearing diapers during naps and at night, but the rest of the time he’s in underwear. He’s only had a couple accidents (knock on wood). He was showing interest in the potty before Kyler was born, but then had a regression after the birth. We thought that might happen so we backed off for a little while. He started showing interest again a couple months ago but was really inconsistent- some days he would want to and some days he wouldn’t. We decided to go for it one day about a week before he turned 3, and told him we were going to try no diapers for the whole day. He did AMAZING! He was a little afraid to poop on the potty for a few days, but now he is good to go. I’m so proud of him! He’s been waking up dry some days, so we’ll start slowly transitioning into not needing any protection at night or during naps next.

So weird to see his little butt in underwear and not a diaper!

So weird to see his little butt in underwear and not a diaper!

In Kevin’s 2.5 year update I mentioned we had moved him to a regular-sized mattress on the floor of his nursery. Since then we have made him his very own “big boy room” and the transition has been great. Like potty training, I’m learning that if you wait for your child to be ready to take these big steps, it is a lot easier (shocker, LOL).

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His sleep has been pretty good over the past 6 months. He still goes to sleep between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. and we get him up for daycare around 6:30 a.m., so he gets 11 hours a night on average. Naps have been a little more hit-or-miss these days. Some days he will nap for 2+ hours, some days he won’t nap at all. I thought maybe he was dropping his nap, but when he doesn’t take one he is absolutely miserable, so I think he still needs it. It’s harder to get him to nap when he’s at daycare, probably because he doesn’t want to miss anything. We can always tell when he hasn’t napped though, because he will usually fall asleep as soon as we start driving. The photo below was taken when he told us he didn’t need to nap anymore because he was a big boy… yeah right, kid. LOL!

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Since he’s in his own room now he’s allowed to read his books and play with his stuffed animals before he goes to sleep or if he wakes up early. We also let him have “quiet time” in there if he refuses to nap. It’s pretty cute and funny to watch him on the monitor “reading” to himself and playing imaginary games!

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I thought the jump in verbal skills/vocabulary was huge between age 2 and 2.5, but over the last 6 months it has exploded like crazy. The sentences he’s putting together and the new words he’s learning are amazing. He loves to tell stores, ask questions, repeat things he’s heard us say (oops, gotta watch what we talk about a lot more these days!), talk about things that happened last night/week/year (seriously, he has an amazing memory). He pretty much never stops talking. Tonight at dinner he said, “Actually I want my cheese separate please, Mommy”… what?! Is he 3 or 13?

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Speaking of food, Kevin is a pretty good eater most of the time. His appetite still tends to come and go and varies by the day. He still loves all fruit, dairy products like milk and cheese, eggs, pancakes, peanut butter, beans and roasted chickpeas, pasta, avocado, and green smoothies. He does like more veggies these days which is nice. He’ll eat zucchini, broccoli, spinach, asparagus and peas. He does have his picky moments, but we’ve stopped catering to them as much. He knows now that he gets what we’re having for dinner and that’s it!

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Loving his broccoli

Pancake breakfast with daddy!

Pancake breakfast with daddy!

First time eating corn on the cob

First time eating corn on the cob

So… I have heard that the terrible twos were nothing compared to the “threenage” years, and we’re already getting a glimpse of that. We have a ton of really good days. But with that comes some difficult days as well. He has developed quite the little attitude, especially if things don’t go his way. We’re learning how to deal with it and implement fair and consistent consequences, but it’s a work in progress.

Throwing a fit because his chalk broke and he wanted me to put it back together...

Throwing a fit because his chalk broke and he wanted me to put it back together…

Note from daycare...

Note from daycare…

And another one... sigh...

And another one… sigh…

But the good days and the sweet moments are SO good! He is so affectionate and loving. Over the last few months he has started to tell us he loves us out of nowhere, rather than just in response to us. He also has started telling us we are his best friends. It seriously melts my heart.

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Along the same lines, Kevin loves to help us any way he can. He will help us clean up, cook, do laundry, and work outside in the yard.

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While he loves to be with us and have us play with him, he can also be fiercely independent and stubborn like both mommy and daddy, and want to do things all by himself. I really like giving him independent playtime each day for this reason. He has taught himself how to do puzzles and build awesome creations with blocks and legos. He got a ton of new puzzles and legos for his birthday and is so excited about them.  I like to think he’s going to grow up to be some kind of engineer or something!

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He also loves to do arts and crafts and creative/imaginative play. He’s really into painting, drawing/coloring, play-doh and playing pretend with his kitchen, stuffed animals, doctors kit, and other toys.

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Painting with his friend Stephanie

He learned to draw people and then drew his family :)

He learned to draw people and then drew his family 🙂

Sidewalk chalk with Sharyn (my dad's girlfriend)

Sidewalk chalk with Sharyn (my dad’s girlfriend)

Kevin loves to be outside, whether it’s in our backyard or around our house, going for walks around the neighborhood as a family, playing at the playground, hiking in the woods… I really think he’s happiest when he is outdoors.

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One thing that makes me extremely happy and proud is that he’s showing an interest in running. He loves to go to the track each week to play and run around with me. He’s pretty fast for a little guy (although not as fast as his friend Stephanie – you go girl!) 🙂 He also loves running with daddy. He can run up to a mile now!

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He even participated in his first race! We did the Great Train Race – a children’s event in Fredericksburg – back in May shortly before Kyler was born. He did the quarter mile Caboose Run and had an absolute blast. He loves wearing his medal around the house and is always asking when we can do another one.

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He also loves the water, and we tried to let him play in it as much as possible this summer. We went to the pool, splash pad, and the beach. I was really surprised to see that he remembered a lot of the skills he learned back when we had him in swim lessons last year!

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He still loves music. Dancing and singing are two of his favorite things. We went to a wedding and he seriously broke it down on the dance floor. I loved it! We also found out the other night that he knows how to whip and nae-nae from a friend at daycare. He always has us cracking up. Here are videos of both 🙂

Kevin has had his share of bumps and bruises over the last few months. He’s super clumsy and his legs are covered in battle wounds. He had his first black eye when he fell into a table, and I’m sure there are more where that came from.

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He had his first dentist appointment as well, which actually went better than I thought it would. The place we took him was not a children’s dentist, but they were super accommodating and great with kids. They let him wear cool glasses and explained everything in kid-friendly terms (like brushing the sugar bugs off his teeth). They let him watch the TV while they worked. He did a great job, and ever since then he hasn’t fought us when we brush his teeth. No cavities either! Yay!

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He also had surgery this past July with a pediatric urologist to repair a hydrocele/hernia he had developed that was causing him pain. It was so unbelievably scary and nerve-wracking to know my little boy would be having surgery and have to go under anesthesia. He took it like a champ though and I was so proud of him!

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Obviously, the biggest thing to happen in my little boy’s world over the last 6 months was his transition from only child to big brother! Before the baby came, he was very aware of the fact that he was going to have a baby brother. He was so sweet and would rub my belly, talk to him, and tell me all about how he was going to play with baby Kyler once he was here.

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Once Kyler was born, it was like he grew up overnight. It was pretty amazing actually. All of a sudden my little baby boy looked like a big boy. We had a rough couple of weeks while our family transitioned from 3 to 4, but for the most part Kevin is so sweet, caring, and protective of his brother.

Meeting baby brother for the first time

Meeting baby brother for the first time

A lot can change in two months!

A lot can change in two months!

Loves to help feed his brother bottles

Loves to help feed his brother bottles

And reads to him to keep him entertained :)

And reads to him to keep him entertained 🙂

Kisses for brother

Kisses for brother

Joining him for tummy time

Joining him for tummy time

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Bath time!

He wanted to feed his Mickey like mommy feeds Kyler :)

He wanted to feed his Mickey like mommy feeds Kyler 🙂

I have tried my best to still give him a lot of attention and one-on-one time, because it’s important to both of us. I play with him when Kyler’s happy and doesn’t need me or when he’s sleeping, and I like to take him out places by myself. He loves to go on dates with mommy!

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Finally, we did a little bit of traveling over the last months. We went to Pennsylvania a few times to see my family and friends, and for my cousin’s wedding. He also got to take a special trip up to PA with daddy to Steelers training camp which he loved! We went to Myrtle Beach like we usually do to visit my in-laws, but we took a big step and left Kevin there without us for a few days for the first time. We also went to Raleigh for a weekend – a new to us city – and had a blast exploring together.

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Going on his first rides in Myrtle Beach!

Going on his first rides in Myrtle Beach!

I honestly cannot believe how quickly the last 3 years have gone. I’m so thankful to this little boy for making me a mommy and teaching me so much. He’s made me a better person and I could not imagine life without him. We love you Kevin Troy, and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings!

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