Friday, March 8, 2013

IJ is 44 months old!

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IJ loves to play outside and can occupy himself quite well there. He rides his tricycle, sweeps, uses his measuring tape, shovels, digs in the rocks and uses his mower. If a park has a sandbox that’s all he’s interested in doing. He is more comfortable on a regular swing now but not interested in swinging. He also likes to help me in the kitchen and always helps make muffins for his snacks. He still loves books and stops everything if he hears me reading. I can’t read to ZJ while he’s otherwise occupied because he gets mad and comes running. He still only wants to sit on my lap if we’re reading. He loves music and likes most of the things I like to listen to. We play music every evening after dinner and he sings and dances. He also likes to be a rock star and play his guitar. He has gotten much better at independent play. He will play by himself for quite a while with his small set of legos, vehicles, construction site and puzzles. He is quite good at puzzles now. He still doesn’t like drawing and resists trying to draw identifiable objects although he can draw smiley faces now. He created a game where he says “what does _____ start with?” So he’s repeatedly asking what letter various words start with and likes discussing how to spell words.

IJ loves school. He is doing well in preschool and had a good midterm report. He behaves very well for his teachers and likes them a lot. In addition to the typical preschool activities and projects, he learns about and celebrates all the Jewish holidays, learns Hebrew, has music class and participates in Shabbat every Friday. This semester he has to sign in every morning by writing his first name.

IJ can still be very difficult to deal with. He often does not listen and is prone to fits. He began name calling and likes to call his sister and us various names. Poo poo is a favorite of his. He is rough with ZJ sometimes and has to be watched. It’s usually about her taking his toy or him wanting something she has. He can also be very gentle and sweet with his sister and loves to engage her in play or make her giggle.

IJ is still not napping and sleeping approximately 7 to 7 each night. In January we stopped waking him to pee during the night and he makes it till morning fine. He has adjusted to not napping and usually won’t even fall asleep in the car at nap time or later. He does say he’s tired during the afternoons and evenings and frequently acts that way. He occasionally tells us about his dreams and one of my favorites was when he said “last night the toilet came into my room and scared me so I covered my eyes and yelled "pee pee poo poo" at it and it went away!”

In November we started putting a bitter polish on IJ’s thumb nails to stop his thumb sucking habit. He only ever sucked his left thumb but we treated both in case he would try to switch. I was concerned about winter coming and the extra germs he picks up sucking his thumb. We knew it was just an unconscious habit he seemed to need help breaking. After a few tastes of the polish he quit trying to suck his thumb, but when we would skip applications he would start sucking again. We finally stopped in February and the habit seemed to finally be broken because he hasn’t started again. During this time he grew less attached to his stuffed dog that he used to cuddle, put its tail in his nose and suck his thumb. He recently realized he could stick the dog in his nose without sucking his thumb and has been occasionally doing so.

He has only been sick with colds although they’ve been very frequent. He loves to share every single cold with his sister and most with me.  At 3.5 he was 32 pounds and 37.5 inches tall.

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