You are 3 years old!
Your physical abilities shine most on the playground where you hang from monkey bars or traverse moving platforms with ease after only one try.
Along the line of not heeding instruction or listening when asked to follow rules, you were almost banned from the touch and learn portion of the aquarium for continuing to splash even after repeated requests to stop. Only with a time-out were you convinced to comply.
Your fear of dogs was pretty much put to rest this month. Not only did you have Ms. Paivi's dog Flossie to love on
You were absolutely terrified when we went to see a 15 minute 4D movie, The Polar Express. The noise, the dark room combined with the bright movie and all the special effects were just too much and you spent the majority of the movie with your face buried in my chest. On another trip, the loud noise of the boat horn sent you skittering into my arms yet again.
I am convinced that as much as you are attached to Daddy and me, you are most attached to Kate. She is the first person you want to see when you wake up (unless she opens your door before you get the chance to!) and you are always concerned about both of you having the same things. Yes, it does have to do with you having equal amounts of whatever Kate is getting but you also defer the other way. For example, we were at the ENT this week and they gave you a sticker when your hearing test was complete. You made sure to ask for one for Kate too and were thrilled when you got home and could hand it to her. I love that aspect of your personality.
Speaking of the ENT visit, I am happy to report that you will no longer be needing his services! Last year on your birthday you got your first set of ear tubes.
Then came the best part for me...I was agape at your ability to point out objects on a picture board when the audiologist named them. So many times you tell me at home that you don't know the answer, very often deferring to Kate or at least looking at her for the answer. Or, when naming colors, you will name them wrong, saying blue when I am pointing at red for example. But you've been outed my love! With but a few exceptions (like hot dogs which you've never seen) you named every object on the board and matched every color object on the corresponding peg.
So. So so so. Now I know that YOU know more than you pretend to, I just have to figure out WHY you are faking a lack of intelligence. I have to admit I am stumped. I thought it was an attention-seeking ploy except that you generally will walk away and do something else when we are playing these types of games on the iPad or with puzzles, leaving me alone with Kate. I hope with time you will be able to articulate what is your underlying motivation.
In the meantime, I will revel in the fact that you have come so far since your last birthday. Not only have you grown several inches and gained several pounds, you are happier, more talkative, and more confident. Here you were last December...
What a difference a year makes. Happy birthday my darling. You are "FREE YEARS OLD!"