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Corbin Travis: 3 Years

27 Apr

Corbin turned 3 on March 22. Nana Beth and Papa Al came down after Corbin’s nap for dinner, and cake and ice cream. Corbin got a marble run, battery-run race track cars, and a Melissa & Doug Dress-Up Figure from us. They are going to build Corbin a sandbox, and got him a sit-on digger to put in it.

Size

Corbin just had his well-child check and is now 34 lbs (80%) and 3 ft 2 inches tall (58%). He is wearing a combination of 3T and 4T clothes. He still has shorter legs, so he almost exclusively wears jogger sweats with tighter ankles so we don’t have to worry about them covering his feet. But he’s outgrowing his 3T footie sleepers already, so he’s not that short! He’s right in the middle between how tall Emma and Annabelle were at this age.

He’s still wearing size 6 diapers (no, not potty trained yet), and size 8 shoes.

Sleeping

Corbin is still a really great sleeper overall. He almost always sleeps through the night, going down between 7:30 and 8:30, and waking up around 6. He still takes a solid 2-3 hour nap (and he needs it!!), usually going down between noon and 1.

Right after Thanksgiving 2020, Corbin decided he was done with the crib and started climbing out of it. A day of that, and we moved him to a toddler bed. He still sleeps just as well (the transition really was not bad at all), but now either Travis or I have to stay in his room until he falls asleep (usually 15-20 minutes). I was planning to work with him on breaking that habit before baby comes, but I always take a nap with him in the afternoon, so that hasn’t happened.

Whenever Corbin gets bored or feels tired, he grabs his cakey (blanket) and asks for “Baby Truck, night night.” (Baby Truck is what he calls watching iPad or Phone, though if asking for that doesn’t work, he does use the other terms too.) He also asks to “Sit chair” when he wants to watch a screen.

Corbin went through a period of time last spring (2020) where he’d get tired and fall asleep mid-morning lying on the floor in the living room, sucking his thumb and holding his cakey.

Eating

Corbin has gotten *slightly* better at his eating habits, but he is still very unpredictable. We have started being more intentional with making him try foods, and at least eat something healthy before getting dessert (his sweet tooth is going strong!). Often the only way to get him to take a bite of something healthy and newer to him is to get out a piece of candy, and show him a piece that he will get if he takes a bite of the other food. My goal most days is just to get him to eat real food, even if it’s not the most nutritious (like crackers or toast). That also often means that he eats while watching a screen, because that gets him to sit down long enough to eat. I figure, he’s a boy. One day he will want to eat and not need bribing!

There are some foods that Corbin consistently likes: carrots and dip, jelly toast, cheese, milk, strawberries, pizza, french fries, and pancakes. Other foods that he eats with some regularity but isn’t completely predictable with are: fig bars, other fruits, yogurt, crackers, dried fruit, raw broccoli with dip, cereal, chocolate protein shakes, applesauce, turkey lunchmeat, hot dogs, breakfast sausage or bacon, and chicken nuggets. And as I mentioned, he still has quite the sweet tooth, and LOVES popsicles (or “cones” as he calls them). We also learned the hard way last summer that if we went to DQ, we had to buy him his own ice cream cone, and just let the mess happen. We tried sharing a cone, putting the ice cream top in a cup, etc. and he freaked out every time. Even still, he will get mad if you take a bite of his food, to the point of refusing to eat the rest.

The biggest news here, though, is that Corbin no longer drinks bottles. I honestly can’t completely remember, but I think it was sometime late last fall that we finally got Corbin to transition. Travis had been really pushing for him to be done with the bottles, but I just wasn’t ready for the fight. Well, eventually the bottle nipples we were using had so many holes and tears in them that they were pretty much like drinking from a sippy cup! I showed the nipples to Corbin and explained how they were broken and going in the garbage. And then I threw them away. Good thing too because there were a few rough days where Corbin asked for a ba-ba no less than 50 times, and I probably would’ve pulled them back out if I could have. But it only lasted a few days, and then he was over it. He still asks for milk at naptime and bedtime, but it’s hit or miss on whether or not he actually drinks it.

Development

Considering that I haven’t posted on Corbin since he turned 2 years old, a lot has changed in development! Even just in the past couple of months, Corbin’s vocabulary has exploded. I am constantly surprised by the words he knows, and more and more by how well he can say certain words. He’s also started putting several words together into short sentences. He’s still a little hard to understand sometimes, but he’s definitely making progress! A few things he says that I think are adorable are:

“I can’t reach!” or “I can’t see!”

“Bud’s room!”

“Where’s guys?” (what he calls Emma & Annabelle together)

“Go outside. Kick ball!”

“Let’s do it!” or “Let’s build!” complete with enthusiastic fist pump

“Mommy, help me!” or “Help you mommy!”

“It’s scary.” (whispering, while pretending something is scary)

“Baby truck, night night.” or “Milk, mommy PLEASE. Please mommy? Please?” when he wants milk and iPad.

“Mommy, play blocks/trucks/cars/marbles.”

“Guys, school!” or “Play Barbies!” when he wants the girls to go do something else and leave him alone with the iPad.

Corbin calls Emma by her name (it sometimes sounds like Memma though), but Annabelle is Gucky (Ducky), I’m Mommy, and Travis is Da-duh. Corbin knows all the colors, knows some shapes, and is interested in letters but can’t really name any yet (but is willing to repeat them). He can also count to 10.

Corbin learned last summer how to swing on a big-boy swing, and this spring, he has already figured out how to pedal a trike. He’s also learning how to cruise on a balance bike.

Corbin is always trying to keep up with sisters, and if he sees them doing something, he wants to join in or try it too. “Bud try it!” (In the picture above of him swinging, he has a ball under his shirt pretending to be pregnant, because that’s what sisters were doing.)

At the beginning of the COVID pandemic, Corbin went through some intense phases of wanting to do the same thing all day every day. It’d last for a week or two, then he’d move on to something else. Right around the time he turned 2 (end of March), he was really into reading books. Then it was doing puzzles, and we did almost every puzzle we owned every day, multiple times. We even had to get out the 200-300 piece puzzles, because he was insatiable. I would find the piece for him, show him where it went, and he would place it.

The next thing he was into was this marble run I bought (all the way from China, turns out) that fits with Duplo blocks. We played that every day, and I actually kind of got into building some elaborate marble runs with tunnels and fun drops.

He also got into painting for a while (especially when we painted rocks for a service project at church, he asked to do that for several weeks afterward!), and then baking (“make cakes!”).

Corbin can be kind of a drama queen at times. He definitely has a stubborn streak, and has thrown several amazing tantrums over not getting his way. One was when he wanted to buy a garbage truck from Fleet Farm. One was when I took the kids to Itasca State Park with my in-laws — he wanted to take off his clothes and play in the water, and we told him no. He has gotten better about not throwing things when he’s mad — he’ll usually just run to his room and slam the door. But if he’s REALLY mad, he is a force to be reckoned with.

Corbin loves trucks. For a while, “diggy” (excavator) was his favorite, then it was cement mixer, and most lately, it’s been crane. He has a t-shirt that has a crane on it, and he will frequently ask to wear that shirt. He will also carry trucks around with him like a baby, and just in the past couple of months, he has started doing imaginative play with his trucks, using one to ask another if he wants to “go buy treat?” or one will yell “Help me!” and another truck will come to his rescue. It’s one of the cutest things ever. Corbin will also ask to play Barbies with his sisters, and sometimes he’ll just grab one of his trucks and use that as his Barbie instead of fighting them for a doll.

We spent the month of February in Florida this year, and Corbin LOVED the beach. He also was so comfortable in the water at the pool with his life jacket on that he would just motor around on his own (he had gained a comfort level even last summer, but now he doesn’t even try to stay by us). We had a couple of close calls when he was refusing to wear his life jacket, so now we know that he is not scared of the water and must always be wearing one.

Our trip to Florida also meant that Corbin flew on an airplane for the first time. The trip down to Florida with him was absolutely terrible. He had woken up at 4 AM that day so he was majorly overtired, and instead of waiting where we were supposed to, he just wanted to ride all the escalators. During the flight, he did well for the first 30 minutes or so, but then he had burned through all the activities I had brought (even iPad!), and just wanted to get out of his seat and walk around. He ended up falling asleep on the floor right before we landed, so obviously didn’t sleep long, then we had to go get our rental car and drive 6 hours to PCB from Atlanta. Whew! We barely survived. Thankfully, the trip back to Minnesota went much better.

Corbin still loves nesting with pillows, blankets, and laundry. He also loves playing with balloons and balls at the bottom of our stairs (there’s a door down there we can shut). For some reason, he always wants his clothes off to do that!

A couple other firsts this past year for Corbin were going ice fishing (he carried one of the fish we caught around like a baby) and going on carnival rides down in PCB.

And here are some pictures that I just find so darn cute:

And that’s Corbin at 3 years old!

Emma Grace: 3 Years

23 Apr

Emma is THREE! Her birthday was back on April 7.20160407_074733 (Large)

At her 3-year well child check, she weighed 32 lbs (64%) and was 37.5 inches (65%) tall. Emma still takes one nap a day. For a while, she was consistently waking up at 8 am, taking a nap from 2 to 5 pm, and then going to bed around 9:30 pm. But for the past month or so, she has been getting up around 7 am, taking a nap from about 1/1:30 to 3:30 and going to bed at 9 pm. On the days she goes to daycare, she usually goes to bed around 8, since her nap there is shorter and the extra stimulation makes her more tired.

Emma’s general weekly schedule for the past year has been: MOPS on every other Monday, Daycare on Tuesdays, ECFE and Speech Therapy on Thursdays, with Wednesdays and Fridays open for playdates or outings.20160401_071757 (Large)

When she turned 3, Emma was re-evaluated by the Paul Bunyan Education Coop for her speech because she needed to re-qualify to continue receiving services (which was a weekly visit from a speech clinician). Like I expected, she is now in the average range for both expressive and receptive speech, so she no longer qualifies—which is great news! Her articulation is a little below average, but the speech clinician said she expected that to continue developing naturally as Emma gets older.

Here’s what Emma has been loving in January, February, and March:

  • Pink!–She is still obsessed with all things pink, so naturally we threw her and Annabelle a pink party for their birthdays. (Photos and details to come.)20160409_123042 (Large)
  • iPad—her favorite movies/shows right now are Tarzan, Tarzan II, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Mulan II, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Lilo & Stitch, Stitch the Movie, Sofia the First, Oscar’s Oasis, Secret of the Wings, Mickey’s Magical Christmas, The Pirate Fairy, and Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue. She has developed this annoying habit of fast forwarding or rewinding the movie every 30 seconds, instead of just watching it. Drives me crazy! She is also very adept at finding new shows on Netflix (90% of the movies above she discovered herself) so every once in a while, we find her watching something we end up turning off.20160420_083444 (Large)
  • Dresses – Emma still prefers wearing a dress over anything else. She’s starting to really enjoy picking out her own clothes to wear, and it’s often a t-shirt, pants and a dress—and sometimes a skirt too. (You didn’t know you could wear a skirt over a dress did you?) And she loves twirling in her dressed!20160407_092727 (Large)
  • Girly things—Necklaces, sparkles, ponytails, earrings… Emma loves them all. Though she will still only leave a ponytail in her hair for about 20 minutes. (So I put her hair in a ponytail most mornings, but she takes it out before we go anywhere.) She’ll frequently tell me in the morning “I need to get dressed” and pick out clothes to wear. Once dressed, she’ll say “I need a necklace” and then “I need a pony(tail).”20160401_153650 (Large)
  • Fishing—We (meaning Travis) got Emma a fishing rod for her birthday and she loves casting the rubber fish into the river off our dock. She’s still hit or miss but I’m impressed that she can do it at all!20160401_092955 (Large)20160415_163505 (Large)
  • Ice skating – though she only tried it once, she has requested to go again many times (unfortunately, the time of year for that is pretty much over)
  • Swimming Playing in the water—Emma cannot wait for beach season. We’ve taken her to the pool a few times this winter and she enjoys it, but doesn’t really want anything to do with being in the water if she can’t touch the bottom (she’s just like a leach). Funny story: we went to the waterpark at the Holiday Inn back in January and there’s this giant bucket that slowly fills up with water and then when it’s ready to tip, it starts dinging faster and faster, and pours a deluge of water onto the splash pad. I had never been there before, so I didn’t know that. Emma and I were standing on the splash pad waiting for Travis and Annabelle, and the dinging started. A group of people gathered on the splash pad next to us and the dinging was getting faster and faster. I could tell something was going on, but I didn’t know what (I couldn’t see the bucket from where I was). Before we knew it, we were getting dumped on with water. It freaked me out and my instinct was to run out of the water. I took a few steps before I remembered to turn around and grab Emma too. She seemed to handle it well in the moment, but it is an experience she has talked about a lot since, and she is now terrified of anything at a pool or waterpark that rains water. Travis was very amused by the whole thing and chuckles over how I started running away before I ran back to grab Emma. What can I say? My survival instinct is apparently stronger than my mommy instinct.20160401_104338 (Large)
  • Walking through the woods—This is probably Emma’s favorite thing to do outside right now. She can walk through the woods for hours, looking at all the different plants, trees, leaves, pine needles, acorns, pine cones, “pokeys” (bushes that have small thorns), and animal poop. But once everything greens up, the woods will most likely be too thick for us to walk through them, so we’re living it up right now.IMG_20160321_115402 (Large)IMG_20160321_121240 (Large)20160407_074744 (Large)
  • Bathtime—Emma never needs convincing to take a bath. Some days, she takes multiple baths. Her favorite things to do in the bath right now (much to my frustration) are pour water on Annabelle’s head, wash Annabelle’s hair, and blow bubbles in a cup of soap with a straw. We most often do bathtime after naptime, before Travis is done with work.20160206_181518 (Large)
  • Sugar—specifically pink (strawberry) ice cream, ice cream or fudge bars, suckers, gum, donuts and Starburst. She likes cupcakes too, but only for the frosting—she uses the cake for making a mess. Speaking of which…20160407_081231 (Large)20160415_160502 (Large)
  • Making messes—She has outgrown the whole “pull everything out of a cupboard or drawer and immediately move on to something else” phase for the most part, but now Annabelle is in that phase, so Emma frequently resorts back to that behavior—I guess because it looks fun? But Emma still loves making messes. Her most recent mess mediums have been applesauce, yogurt, chocolate milk, peach tea, paper, books, markers, toilet paper, and Q-tips. I have been trying to teach Emma that it’s ok to make a mess, but that part of making a mess is also cleaning it up. About half the time, she helps me clean the mess up without a fit or fight. The other half, I end up giving her a timeout in her room and cleaning it up myself. Ugh.20160405_171556 (Large)
  • Running away—This is hands-down The. Most. Frustrating. Thing. Emma does right now. It doesn’t matter where we are—at home, in a store, in a parking lot, at the library, at a park, at church, Emma takes off running. She doesn’t look back. She doesn’t listen. Most of the time, I’m holding Annabelle, my purse and a giant diaper bag, so running after her is hard! And the faster I run after her, the faster she runs away (because she thinks it’s a game). She does this with Travis too, so it’s not just me. I’ve tried not chasing her, and just waiting for her to come back. She doesn’t. I’ve tried telling her that it’s dangerous to run off and I want her to stay with me because I love her and don’t want her to get hurt or lost. Doesn’t faze her. I’ve tried bribing her with donuts and candy. I’ve tried spanking, arm twisting, anger, yelling, letting her walk on her own, forcing her to ride in the cart or hold my hand. Nothing has worked. (If you’re reading this and have any ideas, I’d love to hear them!) The most humbling thing is that I can totally see myself in her… she gets an idea in her head and refuses to be deterred by anything. I have been known to be like too… at times…20160415_110207 (Large)20160414_150150 (Large)20160414_151618 (Large)20160414_150535 (Large)
  • Being thoughtful—As a spirited child, Emma does everything big. She does anger and tantrums big, she does independence big, and she does love and thoughtfulness big. She is very observant and will bring Annabelle a toy, blanket or drink if she thinks Baby needs one. She loves feeding Annabelle with a spoon, or giving her bits of what she’s eating. Emma will also do thoughtful things for me and Travis, like bringing us our phone or sunglasses if she thinks we’ve misplaced them, getting us a tissue if we appear to need one, etc.20160421_100651 (Large)20160402_132348 (Large)
  • Hugs and kisses—At Emma’s Early Childhood (ECFE) class this year, the parents move to a separate room for the last 30 minutes while the kids eat a snack and have free play. The past 4-5 times, Emma has anticipated when snack time will start and tell me she needs a hug and kiss, and after she gets them, she says “Ok, bye!” It’s so cute. Also, on Tuesdays when I pick her up from daycare, she squeals with delight when she sees me, then runs and gives me a big hug. At the beginning of March, I spent 5 days, 4 nights down in Rochester with my dad and Annabelle, and ever since, Emma has said numerous times, “You came back! I missed you. I love you Mom.” It just melts my heart!
  • Arts & crafts–Emma loves painting, drawing, coloring, cutting, glueing, decorating, etc. Like her Nana Beth, she calls it her “business.” 20160123_134208 (Large)
  • Pulling/pushing Annabelle–Emma loves to help, especially when it comes to pushing Annabelle the stroller/trike or pulling the wagon/sled. But she also frequently pushes Annabelle over, and pulls her across the floor since she can’t walk yet.20160120_140233 (Large)20160401_163829 (Large)IMG_20160322_191514 (Large)

And that’s Emma at 3 years!