Levi: 3.5 Years Old

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My sweet Hudson, what a precious little boy you are becoming. I cannot believe that you are already 3.5 years old–already on the verge of 4. You are growing and learning and developing your little attitude and sense of self on a daily basis. Sometimes you say and remember things that daddy and I cannot believe. You are intelligent, observant, and thoughtful–you always have been. Here’s a bit about you over these past 6 months:

EATING

You’ve become a bit more picky over these past months than you ever have been. You know what you “like” now and what you dislike, although those things change often. Mommy tries to get you in the kitchen to help as much as you’d like because that makes you a bit more adventurous with trying new foods. Overall though, you still are a fantastic eater! You favorite still remains…mac and cheese.

Your appetite seems to have decreased a bit over this past month or two. But not to worry, you have a hefty little brother who is willing to eat all your leftovers! On the Publix scale, you’re now weighing 32 lbs–so 2 lbs up from your 3 year check-up.

SLEEP

No huge noticeable changes here. You are still doing great with a 1 PM naptime, especially if we are really active in the morning. I have noticed you stay awake longer at bedtime than you used to and you are always the first one up in the morning (before Henry), so I think you are compensating with less nighttime sleep. However, you will stay in your bed/your room quietly from 7 PM to 7 AM, so I don’t plan on making any changes anytime soon. Room-sharing with Henry is going wonderfully, knock on wood. I think you both very much enjoy it! My favorite time of day is hearing you two playing together in the morning before I go in to get you.

MOTOR SKILLS

Within the past 6 months, you have mastered climbing the rock wall at the playground! I was so proud of you for even wanting to try (since you’re normally very cautious about such things). You are also currently playing soccer with Soccer Shots Miami. You are enjoying it, but get really tired about 10 minutes before class is over. 20-25 minutes is seriously your limit. Mommy has really loved watching you play your first “sport!”

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SOCIAL SKILLS

Over the past 6 months, you have truly grown in your social skills. You no longer fight with or scream at Jason and Maya and you are learning to share with Henry. Last month, you attended your first Vacation Bible School–your first time away from mommy! You had a BLAST. It was from 9-noon each day and you never wanted to leave! I know you will really enjoy preschool once we get to that point!

COMMUNICATION/ATTITUDE

You have certainly developed a little attitude over the past several months, Levi Hudson! Mommy and daddy have had to figure out how to handle this, as this is our first time parenting someone your age 😉 Usually, just talking through an issue with you really helps. You are very logical in that way.

WHAT HE’S INTO

Levi is all about superheroes right now! He has about 12 action figures now, some of which he has saved up his own money for. His favorite show is still Daniel Tiger and his favorite movie is Toy Story. He has grown to love reading books at bedtime, especially his Avengers story book. As always, he is also really into arts and crafts. He loves drawing, coloring, and painting things!

BIG BROTHER

Lastly, Levi has truly blossomed into his role as a big brother over these past few months. Now that Henry is more active and playful, it is so sweet to watch the two of them interact. Levi loves to give Henry hugs and kisses and even try to wrestle with him. They have a special bond and I’m excited to see it grow as the years unfold!

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We love you so so much our little Hudsey bear! It is so fun to watch you learn new things and develop into a little boy. We pray the last 6 months of your 3rd year are full of new experiences and lots of fun!

Henry: One Year Old

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Happy birthday, Henry Hugglemonster (as Levi so lovingly calls you)! We cannot believe you are already 1 year old–and that we survived a year with you. You are our sweet, demanding, passionate baby! Always on the move and always wanting something! It has been such a good, challenging year of growth for ALL of us. Here’s a little bit about you at 12 months old:

EATING

Today was our last day of nursing! I’m a little emotional about this, but I know we are both ready to move forward, onto this next stage. You love love love your bottles of milk! I’ve started laying you on your boppy pillow for each feeding and you down your milk in minutes. For some reason, I’m liking the bottles for now. You know how to use a sippy (your Munchkin 360 cup) just fine, so I’m not worried about the transition to that when we’re ready. We are currently doing lactose free milk, since regular milk was giving you a bit of diarrhea.

Solids are pretty much the same! You’re still crazy about food and weighed in at 22 lbs this week to show for it (up 4 lbs since your 9 month appointment). Your doctor was really impressed by this! Your favorite food right now are ham and cheese sandwiches. Hah!

SLEEP

You’ve been sleeping awesome this month! You’ve always been an amazing sleeper (aside from those months of 5 AM wakings), but this month you even started sleeping past 7 AM some days! I’ve really enjoyed that 😉

MOTOR SKILLS

Henry is crawling on all fours some of the time! He’s definitely trying to do that more and more often, but will resort to scooting on his belly when he wants to get somewhere fast. He also started pulling up to his feet a lot more over the past couple of weeks! His favorite place to do that is the tub, of course. He has also begun to go from a crawling position to a sitting position, which is especially adorable when I go to get him out of his crib!

TEETH

You now have 6 teeth–2 have just popped through over the past two days! And I think there are two more about to cut through your gums! You’ve been in a lot of pain lately from that. Last week, I could tell you were in a lot of pain and you just wanted your paci and blankie and kept laying your head down on the floor. Poor baby! Levi was so sweet and kept laying next to you and rubbing your head.

WONDER WEEK

We are back in a wonder week, but it hasn’t been too bad this past week. The first week (last week) was terrible. You were awfully clingy and whiny!

SCHEDULE

7:00 AM             Nurse

7:45 or 8 AM     Breakfast with Levi

9:00 AM            Nap (wake around 10-10:30 AM)

11:00 AM           Bottle (4 oz cow’s milk)

12:00 PM           Lunch with Levi

1:00 PM             Nap

3:00 PM            Bottle (4 oz cow’s milk) and snack

5:30/6:00 PM    Dinner with family

6:30 PM            Bottle (4 oz cow’s milk)

7:00 PM           Bed

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We love you so much, Henry Owen! Even though you drive us crazy sometimes, we would never trade you for anyone else in the world. It is so sweet to see you beginning to play with your brother and get giddy with excitement when you see your daddy! I hope that your zeal and motivation in life only continue to grow!

Happy birthday.