Lucas continues to fill us with joy. He amazes us with his academic and athletic abilities. His sense of humor is always changing and cracking us up. He is a very thoughtful big brother and friend. He is growing in faith and in virtue. It is truly rewarding to reflect on his growth and accomplishments.
He misbehaves much like any three year old - seeking limits, and sometimes even when limit is known, choosing to cross the line anyway. He becomes frustrated when he can't do something, especially when trying to learn something new. He sometimes forgets his manners, doesn't want to share, and forgets that his little brother is still only 1! Once in a while he throws a big ol' temper tantrum, but they are becoming fewer and farther between. Our days are certainly filled with ups and downs, but I would expect them to be.
Lucas is showing more interest in praying and learning about the faith. He has the Sign of the Cross, Grace Before Meals, and Angel of God memorized. He likes praying before bed and thanking God for silly things like his fan. But he also remembers to pray for people we know who are hurt or sick.
In our "preschool at home" he is working on identifying all of his uppercase letters and numbers 0-10. He has about 3/4 of each down pat and still needs some work on the rest. We're trying lowercase letters too, but they have been harder for him. He is starting to exhibit some pre-reading skills like moving his finger along words in books and asking what it says in certain parts of the text. We're working on counting to 20 and other basic math concepts. He has forgotten the difference between a pentagon, hexagon, and octagon, and we need to learn the quadrilaterals again too. We spend a lot of time on music and art, and while less skill-based, we also talk about science, history, and religion. Our children's library is ever-growing.
Lucas is always improving his athletic skills, and he never tires of playing basketball, soccer, baseball, football, tennis, golf, and whatever else he makes up. Some of the things he's improved on lately include catching (still needs a lot of work - the one athletic skill he just can't get down! frustrating to him and to us!), balancing and hopping on one foot (he can go at least 5 hops), dribbling a basketball (need more work on this too), hitting a slow pitched baseball (he's decent), and throwing very hard, very far, and very accurately - it's really quite impressive and is often commented on by grown men.
|Oct 18, 2012|
One small accomplishment is that last week he stopped wearing a Pull Up to bed. He was waking up with it wet less and less, and I couldn't even remember the last time it happened. When we ran out, we didn't buy more and decided to give it a try. So far, so good! He doesn't wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, so we just have to make sure he goes right before bed. He can pull his pants and underwear up and down and goes to the bathroom by himself, but still needs us to help wipe. He is a little resistant to getting his own shirts on and off (he has done it, but still wants us to), and we are still putting his socks and shoes on too (he takes them off though). He has tried, but he has a hard time getting all his toes in and then gets frustrated. I think part of it is that he sees how much "attention" Tyler gets by us dressing him and changing his diaper all the time, and I think he is holding out on a few things that will make him much more independent from us. It's okay with me most of the time, but when we're in a hurry it would be nice if he could get himself dressed and ready to go.
Some of the other things Lucas enjoys are painting, baking, playing outside, reading books especially before bed, watching movies, playing board games like Candy Land and Connect Four, and using our iPods to play games. He and Tyler like to turn on the sink and play in the water. They also enjoyed playing in the snow around Christmas, and we hope we get a few more good snows this winter. He sometimes tells me he wants to stay home all day, but he likes going to Moms Group, Bible Study, and playing at Rainbow Play Systems and Franciscan Center. He is so much more independent than just six months ago, running off with his friends or by himself to play. He really likes being around other kids, and adults too, but he still has a shy and sensitive side. I know he is smart, happy, and will thrive in a good environment, and we need to discern where that will be when it comes time for kindergarten.
To wrap up, here are some of the cute, funny, and witty things Lucas has said lately. I could probably record something he says every single day!
-After seeing his two sets of twin cousins at the same time (6 months and 3 months), he told me, "I want two babies, or maybe four," and that when he is 5 he will take care of them. (Dec 10)
-Teaching Lucas the Glory Be "...as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be --- " "Oh! Grandpa has a Shelby!" (Dec 16)
-Late Christmas night, after two days of festivities and sugar and not enough sleep: "Merry Christmas to my Jesus who protects me from dangerous monster trees!"
-Commentary during Tarzan: "Does Tarzan have a belly button? Why isn't he wearing any clothes? They shot a needle at the big gorilla! I think he's dead forever. If nobody can fix him, that means he's dead forever. Why does God make bad guys?" (Jan 5) (He thinks about this a lot. Whenever something bad happens, he asks why God makes bad guys, and I have to explain it all over again. God makes everyone to be good, but some people make choices that are bad.)
-After referring to his friend Lucy as Luce, he decided that he is on close enough terms with Jesus to call him Jeez. "Actually, I call him Jeez." (Jan 17)
He also has a really good memory. There is a Glad trash bag commercial that shows Mt. Rainier in the background, and I told him that is where Grammy in Washington lives. Now every time the commercial comes on he says, "That is where Grammy in Washington lives!"
Our sweet baby is growing up. He can go from "all boy" - playing active and full contact games with Daddy - to begging me to lay with him in bed until he falls asleep in a split second. He wants to dig in the dirt, but he also wants to listen to lullabies. I love everything about him.