Levi celebrated his 3rd birthday complete with a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse family birthday party. Took me many times of asking him what type of party he wanted when I finally picked Mickey Mouse for him. We were leaving town on Monday (Levi’s actual birthday) so we celebrated the Saturday before with my family. We tied Levi’s party into the annual Castle Rock Star Lighting. After Levi opened gifts and before dinner and dessert we bundled up and headed to the top of my parents hill behind their home to watch the lighting of the star and the fireworks that followed. After a dinner of hot dogs (in honor of the Mickey Mouse hot dog dance) and chili (because it was cold) Levi enjoyed his Mickey Mouse homemade cookies and cream ice cream cake.The evening ended with some snuggling on Net’s bed watching Mickey Mouse!Levi weighs in at a hefty 30lbs (33rd percentile) and almost 38 inches tall (59th percentile). Nathan was almost 27lbs (3rd percentile) and 36 inches (25th percentile) at the same age. He eats most things but changes his mind from one day to the next – will eat broccoli one night but refuses another. He’s still not a big fan of meat unless it is a chicken nugget, sausage, pepperoni, or bacon. He loves all fruit (cantaloupe, strawberries, blueberries, and pineapple are a few of his favorites) and some veggies (potatoes – especially sweet, squash – mashed, corn, and broccoli are a few yummy ones). He loves spaghetti and macaroni and cheese. Does NOT like plain cheese chunks (which I find extremely odd). Other favorite foods are black beans, burritos, chips and salsa, yogurt, cream of wheat, cinnamon rolls or cinnamon/sugar toast, and eggs.
Levi is into trains (not as crazily as his brother was at that same age). He plays mainly with the polar express train we own. Otherwise, he doesn’t really play with toys as he would rather jump off furniture, the couch, or the stairs. He roams the house just messing with random toys or items – this morning it was two mixer beaters he found when we were putting dishes away. He loves being outside and wants to play out there whether it is hot or cold. Levi is extremely busy and gets into EVERYTHING!! He will find the bubble bath and pour it into the empty bathtub or he may climb the pantry shelves to find candy or cookies (we now have a lock on that door) and if you are not watching carefully he may sneak off to the bathroom and put rolls of toilet paper in the potty. You have to keep track of him!
We still lock Levi in his bedroom (we flipped the lock a long time ago) so I can get ready in the morning and not have to worry about him waking up, coming out, and causing trouble around the house. It’s for my sanity and his safety! He sleeps great – 8:00pm-6:30/7:00am and has been in his big boy bed for almost a year. He still naps but about 1.5hrs-3hrs each afternoon. Usually I have to wake him from his nap to go get Nathan from school. He still sucks his left thumb and snuggles his two ya-ya (tiger) blankies, favoring their tags. I love that he still rolls on his tummy and sticks his tushie in the air to go to sleep. After Levi gets in bed at night he asks me to get in his bed and lay down with him. He loves the extra snuggles.
Levi is not nearly as interested in letters, numbers, etc. as his older brother. By this stage Nathan knew what most kindergarteners know. Levi can count but usually gets lost somewhere after 11. We worked for months just to get the number 5 included! He knows about 1/2 the letters of the alphabet by their sounds but not their names. Some he knows both name and sound, some by sound only, others by name only. He really doesn’t care to tell me what he knows as usually starts being silly and saying his favorite word “poopie” when I ask him. He’s my potty talk kid and I catch myself saying “no potty talk at the table” more than anybody should. Levi is good with shapes and colors and is starting to like to try to draw letters and cut with scissors. Levi loves to help and is great at cleaning up!
We will be starting potty training soon and Levi already has a pretty good grasp on going in the potty. He will go potty any time I ask him and always gets something out! He even went on his own last night several times in order to score another oreo cookie. :)
When Levi turns 4 I am going to have my own little survival party (hoping that both he and I do). He is my challenging child! But, all of Levi’s orneriness is counteracted by his hugs, I love yous, and his snuggles. He’s a cuddly kid and it is a nice treat!
Happy 3rd birthday Levi!!