|Scooping out the pumpkin seeds.|
- Preschool. Linnaeus had already been to daycare part time for several months, then on an occasional basis when I was freelancing, then full-time in the winter & spring this past year, so I thought preschool wouldn't be much of an adjustment. I was pretty wrong about that. Separation anxiety hasn't been an issue, but being with a large group of kids (20) & following a new routine with a fair bit of independence expected of him has been quite an adjustment for the little guy. He's doing well though, a couple of months in.
- Becoming a big brother. Of course this was huge, but I feel like all the preparation we did (books about getting a sister, talking about it as much as possible, involving him in preparations for the baby, midwife appointments, etc) really helped. He loves his little sister & though he's often frustrated that he gets less of my attention now, he doesn't take it out on her. He's quite gentle with her, often asks to hold the baby & loves to get on the floor with her for tummy time.
- Skinny marinky. Linnaeus has always been a fairly slim kid. He had a reasonable amount of baby fat from about six to 18 months old, but in the last year he's really gotten a lot taller but only gained about four pounds. He need the length of size 3T or 4T clothes, but pants those sizes fall right off his skinny little hips.
- New skills. In the last couple of months, Linnaeus has learned how to open doorknobs & can now let himself out of the house unless the deadbolt is locked. He can also operate the water dispenser on the fridge & has started helping himself to snacks fairly often when he can reach them. We're also working on getting dressed & undressed. He's good with mittens, hats, pants, underwear & socks, but coats & shirts are a bit tricky for him still.
- Holiday fun. Linnaeus got into Halloween this year--he really liked dressing up & enjoyed trick-or-treating a lot. He isn't scared of firecrackers anymore & liked helping me carve the pumpkins. I can't wait until Christmas this year--I think it's going to be a lot of fun for him.
- Imaginary play. When Linnaeus is home, he spends hours playing on his own, chattering on about excavators, cement mixers, trucks, airplanes, helicopters, dogs, bears, cows, birds... I could go on for ages. He sure does.
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