When Keziah had her birthday 3 weeks ago, it felt like it really snuck up on us. But it feels like it's taken forever to get to Micah's 3rd birthday. He seems like such a big boy to me already!
Micah is definitely a talker - but maybe all three-year-olds like to jabber! He has officially entered the "why?" phase of preschool-hood. He is full of questions about everything and my patience is being tested as I try to answer them all. He speaks really well but still comes up with funny ways of pronouncing things. He got a Chirp magazine subscription as a birthday present from Doug & Elissa and he was so proud to be reading his very own "zanga-bean"!
Erik and I are constantly surprised at the phrases that Micah picks up - from us or from the TV. A few weeks ago I had Ellen on while I was feeding the kids their lunch, and during a commercial break Micah piped up and said, "Mommy, have you called Jenny yet?"
I just love the things that come out of his mouth - whether it's using the word "otherwise" in a sentence, or the wrong verb tense ("she grewed up, Mommy!"), or an exclamation of "for Pete's sake!" (which he picked up from Daddy, I think). One day I asked him to throw out one of Keziah's diapers and he responded with, "Nope. Sorry, Mommy. I can't." And then a few seconds later, "Oh well."
Micah has had a year full of changes starting with the adjustment to a new baby sister. It hasn't been an easy road and Micah has spent a lot of time in the "naughty corner" as he learns how to relate to her appropriately. It has been fun, though, to see them bond more and more. Their favourite thing to do together is play on the big bed...
The next adjustment Micah had to make was getting rid of his soothers. That was a hard one. We basically had to start from scratch with sleep training and I'm happy to report that things are very much improved from what they once were! I went to wake him up from his nap the other day and was struck by what a big boy he is already. I had one of those "where-did-the-time-go" moments and had to snap a picture of my handsome napper.
The next hurdle to face was potty-training. Micah originally caught on quickly but he is still working on getting to the bathroom on time and keeping his underwear dry.
One last major adjustment for Micah been dealing with the loss of a special uncle. Nathan was a huge part of Micah's life and it has been hard to watch Micah wrestle with the reality of his death. We are very intentional in talking about Nathan - especially about the most recent memories that we shared with him in the summer. Micah often mentions these experiences but it's tough to know if he actually remembers them, or if he's only remembering because we've reminded him. Every once in awhile he'll make the comment that he misses Uncle Nathan. One morning he told me that he wished Uncle Nathan could come over and play hockey with him. I knew he was remembering that Nate would sometimes come over and play in the driveway with him. Just two nights ago Erik and I were praying with him at bedtime and when it was time to pray for Auntie Rosanna, Micah prayed that Uncle Nathan would come back. Erik and I were quiet and unsure how to respond. Then Micah started jabbering on about heaven and asked if there would be toys there. That put a smile on my face.
To end off, here is a slideshow of Micah's 3rd year...
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