I realized the other day that I haven’t really focused a post on Levi for quite some time. He’s in such a fun yet horrible stage of life. He has me laughing one minute and pulling my hair out the next. Being almost 3 years old is great but man, does this age come with attitude and a fight for independence. I’ve tried to keep track of some of Levi’s saying lately to try to capture this stage.
Levi gets upset if I call him a big boy. He tells me over and over that he is NOT big but is little. So, Levi is my “little guy”. I’ve been told by little Levi that he will be “all grow up when I be 3″.
One of my favorite mispronunciations that Levi says is helicopter. He says it “hel-i-cock-er”. It cracks me up every time I hear it. He he
Levi does not understand gender specific pronouns. He matches boys with her all the time. ”That man got her bag” or “Nathan not clean her room.”
Levi still mixes up his words or understanding of them. A recent conversation:
Me: Levi your shoes are on the wrong feet.
Levi: No mama! They are wrong!
I’m usually left dumbfounded with how to respond. I try to correct him but almost being 3 doesn’t go well.
Me: Levi, please stop! You are causing trouble.
Levi: Yes, I not causing trouble.
Levi’s favorite songs right now is from Veggie Tales. He sings with the CD in the car, usually a few words behind. The best part of the theme song comes at the end. The song ends with a few thudding sounds and a giggle. Levi enjoys this part of the song so much he has now attached it to the end of Elmo’s theme song.
I give you the above picture of a water bottle as it ties into my story below.
The other night I was getting ready to bathe the boys. Matt was again working late so it was just me juggling the two. Trying to get both boys into the tub can often be the most challenging part of bath time. Nathan pees before getting into the tub and since I’ve been trying to get Levi to use the potty (we are not potty training as I’m holding out hope it will just magically happen one day) I ask him to pee as well. He pushes out a few drops but by no means does he empty his bladder. Getting Nathan into the tub a naked Levi goes running into my bedroom where he finds my water bottle. I walk into my room to get Levi and he tells me “Mama, I pee in your water bottle!” and runs to the bathtub. Seriously!!! What toddler says that!! I have no idea where he gets this stuff as this is NOT typical behavior in our home. Goodness! I’m pretty sure the little boy who cannot put on his own clothes does not have enough coordination to put his penis in my water bottle AND pee.
Levi loves his gymnastics and Soccer Buddies classes but we have hit a stage where he tries to be stubborn and refuses to participate as he should. After weeks of being the star student in gymnastics he quickly fell to the bottom of the heap with his new behavior. His gymnastics teacher Miss Tami suggested he needed to move up to the preschool age class. This last Monday was his first time in the preschool class where mommy is NOT allowed. He did AMAZING!! I’m a little sad that he no longer needs me in his class. :(
Levi is very much a mama’s boy and refuses daddy as much as he can. Poor Matt is a great sport about Levi’s preference but I still feel bad when Levi yells for him to leave his room because he only wants me to sing to him, or tells him “no daddy, I talking to mama”, etc.. Matt is such an engaged father that it bothers him that Levi will not accept him in place of me.
Now with as ornery as Levi can be he is still my sweet guy. Just today he’s asked to “nuggle” with me, grabbed my face while in line for dinner at Qdoba and gave me a kiss, and when I put him to bed he called me back for “one more kiss mama”.
We do love our
big little guy Levi!