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Four

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Height

40 inches

(3rd birthday: 38 inches)

Weight

32 lbs

(3rd birthday: 30 lbs)

Loves

Water, swimming, Buzz Lightyear, pools, beach, independence, quality time, drawing, books, teachers, catching bugs, catching reptiles, babies, cooking, sleeping, macaroni and cheese, raspberries, kittens, Eva, traveling.

Hates

Water in his eyes, loud noises, unexpected change, and (surprise!) limits.

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Three!

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3 Years And 8 Months

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Loves

School, Buzz Lightyear, Ukulele, Piano, Guitar, Water, Jumping, Bouncing, Flying, Books, Coloring, Projects, Helping, Being Included, Music, Games, Attention, Babies, Nail Polish, Soccer, Painting, Dress Up, Baseball, Roller Skating, Snuggling.

Hates

Unexpected change.

Sleeps

8am-8pm. Comes into our bed at least once or twice a week in the middle of the night for a few hours. No one minds. It’s nice to snuggle.

Eats

Daily struggle to try new foods. Some days he will try spinach and onions and peppers and yams like a real champ and other days he acts like a bite of broccoli is the end of the world. Loves typical kid foods and is suspicious of most vegetables. Enjoys peas and a few fruits. Obsessed with things that taste good like chocolate and cheese (duh). Still eats dinners in a high chair like a giant sized baby because we are resistant to change and then he can’t get up from the table. Favorites include soft pretzels, macaroni and cheese, applesauce, and chicken wings.

Notes

I am writing this to my future self to remind me that when Eva is a three-year-old and suddenly behaves as if possessed by demons, it’s okay. It will get better. A rollercoaster of great and terrible moments.

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3.5

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Height

40 inches

Weight

32 lbs

Favorites

Drawing, writing, books, school, kids, outside, Curious George, jumping, bouncing, sleeping in, cuddling, talking, laughing, wrestling his sister, raspberries, waffles, pasta, pbj, water bottles, the library, Christmas, markers, balls, being surprised.

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Half years are like whole years when your kids are young. So much change over the course of a few months. Waylon has been growing and changing in leaps and bounds over the past six months. We’ve overcome our fear of preschool, doctors, and pooping in the pooty (sigh of relief). Big guy is also trying more and more foods despite his deep desire to eat pbj for every meal.

Other milestones include writing his name (and a dozen or so other words) and getting pretty good at the balance bike. He desperately wants to read, but we’re hoping that just happens organically and he doesn’t get too frustrated pushing himself. Kid needs to relax.

A few weeks ago, Waylon’s preschool held parent-teacher conferences and his teacher spent 45 minutes telling me how wonderful he is. So that was nice. She said he is smart, kind, and a friend to everyone. She also said she could tell he’s not the kind of kid who goes and plays for an hour by himself (nope). Whenever the kids have a chance for free time, he stands at her desk and asks to practice writing words. Sorry teach, welcome to my life.

WTB is growing fast. I don’t notice it until I look back at six months or a year ago and see how much older he is now. Every month his vocabulary and brain gets bigger and his pants get shorter. And yet, he is still so little. While he may be slightly ahead with letters and numbers, his emotional being is so young. He still only watches and reads very innocent things. He still cuddles with both Austin and I every day, multiple times a day. He is fragile and needy and emotionally dependent–but all in good ways. Despite his loud and stubborn three-year-old ways, his gentle spirit shines through.

We love him so much.

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Three

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 Height

38 inches

Weight

30 lbs

Favorites

Waffles, fruit, iced tea, outside, baseball, soccer, dancing, tennis, golf, any ball, any sport, doll babies, real babies, EVIE, kids, crafts, gardening, bubbles, water, cuddling, PBS, organizing, tools, trips, helping, running, activity, quiet, books, whispering, adventure.

Least Favorites

Barriers to independence, having the brain of a three year old, divided attention.

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Just think, three years ago everyone was thinking, “Why would you name a child Waylon Tiger Baer?!”

Our little Tiger is not so little anymore. Starting pre-school in the fall (never thought we’d do it but he’s ready), half potty trained, and slowly transitioning from crib to big bed. Waylon has a great vocabulary, which can be confusing because we think–Why are you acting like this?! You’re four years old! But then we remember, oh nevermind–you’re just two and irrational.

Smart and strong, happy and sweet, and impossibly a three year old. Waylon is a good boy. Not the easiest boy, but a good boy. Always up for attention and adventure. His love language is physical touch which is very sweet. I hope he wants to hold hands forever.

We love him so much.

Happy birthday, buddy.

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Two Years + All The Other Things

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Waylon’s Season In Review ( Fall 2013)

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Overheard

Waylon: Mommy you wearin underwears?

Me: Yup.

Waylon: Ok. I’m wearin my peep.

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Waylon: You havin a nice day, Mommy?

Me: Yup. Are you?

Waylon: Yeah. I’m paying taxes to Santa at the grocery store. Bye.

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Waylon: I really love you Mommy.

Me: I really love you too.

Waylon: Do you really love chocolate?

Me: Yum. Yes!

Waylon: Do you really love butts?

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Season In Review