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Thursday, April 12, 2012

3 Years Old

Anthony is three now!  Jared was off work for five weeks after Livia was born, so we were able to have a really fun day with Anthony on his third birthday.  He wanted to open presents as soon as he woke up.  We took him to Red Robin for lunch where they sang to him (he kept a straight face the whole time) and then went to Build-A-Bear where he chose a green St. Patrick's Day bear that he dressed in a red football uniform.  The bear's name is Green Bear.

At three years old:

Anthony weighs 32 pounds and is 36.75" tall. He seems so big now.  There is no chubby left on him; he has really thinned out lately.  He stopped taking naps about two months ago and sleeps about 11-12 hours a night.  Anthony is so active and always moving.  We have so much fun playing with him. He talks all day long and asks questions about everything. He is really starting to get a sense of humor and loves to be teased, and tries to tease back.

Discipline is really starting to become an issue for us.  He's always had a strong personality, but listening has been a struggle lately.  We are working hard to find creative ways to get him to listen to us, because time outs and spankings are totally ineffective with him.  Taking away toys seems to work, at least for the time being.  Two was an age that I really loved, and I'm hoping this new phase will be short lived.

Anthony can be quite stubborn.  A few nights ago we put him to bed without a bed time story (punishment for not listening).  About five minutes later he opened his door and said "I had a bed time story."  I guess he read it to himself and just wanted to stick it to us.  Jared was known to be quite stubborn as a child and it looks like we have a Little Jared on our hands.

He is going to start preschool in the fall which he is looking forward to.  He still loves to be tickled and to play Hide N Seek.  Hot Wheels are one of his favorite things to play with.  He loves baths.  He will spend hours and hours playing outside. He loves to be with other kids and he plays rough.  

He stills eats peanut butter sandwiches (no jelly).  He eats many types of fruit, but we still have to force him to eat his veggies.  Potatoes and bread are his favorite foods.

Anthony is so excited to have a little sister, but we have to watch him all the time.  So far I've caught him putting water on her, pinching her, and growling at her to try to scare her.  I once told him not to touch her while I was in the other room; three minutes later he yelled "Can I touch her with my foot?"

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