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Guess who is three years old!

In three years, this -



has turned into




Yup. Today, my little 9/3 baby is three years old.

He knows all his letters, both their names and their sounds. He gleefully sings the alphabet song every chance he gets, even if it is the 24- and sometimes 22-letter versions (minus L and N, and sometimes T and U). He can also sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star complete with hand motions, and when he really likes his dinner he will sing NOM NOM NOM to the same tune. Even cuter, he will make up songs, which usually go something like "Elephant song, elephant song.... elephant song, elephant songgggg!"

Oh. Elephants. "A-a-funt!" He LOOOOVES elephants. And Animusic. And Doctor Who. I made him a TARDIS out of cardboard boxes and we're painting it blue together.

He's a puzzle genius! 50-piece puzzles are *easy* for him, and he can do 100-piece ones with a little help. He also loves making domino chains, and letters out of dominos, and running little cars down a track to knock them down. Rube Goldberg machines are not far away.

He's been going nuts on Starfall, a flash website designed to help preschoolers learn to read. At this rate I think he will be reading fluently by four - he's already recognizing some words (notably "Aiden" and "zoo"). And he's good enough with my laptop that I can leave him with it and that website for up to an hour and he'll be perfectly happy. Scary little geek child....

We are potty training! We started a couple of months ago, got discouraged, pushed again a couple of weeks ago, and in the last few days he seems to be starting to get it. Sticker bribery seems to have helped turn that corner!

His imagination has really been taking off. The other day in Steak'n'Shake he turned his chicken nugget into an airplane, then a flying dog. Zoom! Woof! Chomp!

If he has a problem, it's that he's not as well socialized as he could be. He doesn't hang out with kids outside of daycare (we're working on that, but we're antisocial hermits so it's hard), and has a tendency to just take toys from his friends even when he knows the words to ask nicely. He'll use "please" and "thank you" with us - sometimes even without being prompted! - but not with other kids. His vocabulary is also a bit behind relative to other kids his age, though it has absolutely exploded in the last six months, in part due to the wonderful daycare he has here. It's hard for me with my hearing issues to have no idea what he's trying to say - though Andrei and Courtney assure me they usually don't get it either. So his daycare teachers are a little concerned. We're keeping an eye on it, but I see him relative to where he's been rather than relative to the other kids, so I'm not worried. Much. (I'm a parent, I can't help but fret a little.)

Just about everyone who meets him comments on what a happy and bright little kid he is.

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mlerules
Sep. 3rd, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
How fast they grow! Thanks for the update. It's really nice knowing whassup w/you folks. :-)
anubis75
Sep. 3rd, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
My how time flies. Happy birthday Aiden!
mh75
Sep. 3rd, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
congratulations! He sounds great.
moon_ferret
Sep. 3rd, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
We really need to get out the calendar and see when we are all available. Christopher went through the same thing with talking. I was on the verge of getting him tested, and we had a waterfall effect. The child has LOTS OF WORDS now.

We are hermits, too. Don't feel bad. I really enjoyed lunch with Andre and I am kicking myself that I haven't gotten to meet you and your little bit, yet.
jnanacandra
Sep. 3rd, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
Yay, absolutely!

We don't have any plans this weekend yet... :)
moon_ferret
Sep. 3rd, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
I made the mistake of having two older children. (the girlchild is good for babysitting, once you have met her and would like to employ her at will. I offer because I know how hard it is to get a dinner out...)
Friday night is First Football Game of the Year, and I have two in marching band (pictures forthcoming). Saturday is free(?). Sunday is roller derby and dinner at a cousin's (who is an artist, I need to hook you up with her and her husband) and Monday is lunch at my parents.

If you have no plans for Saturday, let me know. We don't Do Naps anymore, but one never knows.
jnanacandra
Sep. 4th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
Gack. Going to have to push this off, I think. I've had a cold for a week, and it's starting to get worse, not better. Need some hardcore Rest this weekend :/

minerva42
Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
Yay! I haven't heard much about Aiden recently - glad to hear he's doing well. :)
tedgill
Sep. 3rd, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
Many, many, many happy solar returns to Aiden! And Mazel Tov to all of you!
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