This dear boy is an absolute treasure. His big toothy smile lights up a room, his hysterical giggles cut right to your heart, and he’s so sensitive and good-natured you can’t help but to hug his little face off. But he’s still a stubborn, emotional, rowdy 3-year-old boy. What’s that mean? Well, you ever try to tip a cow? Well, me either, but I imagine that’s what trying to peacefully persuade Logan is like. And have you ever tried to reschedule a dentist appointment? That’s easier than what happens when you change up Logan’s routine.
Something we’ve learned, very slowly and not without having to remind ourselves daily, is everything that has worked or works with Hannah when it comes to parenting is quite often the opposite with Logan. And that’s tough to remember and even more difficult to practice. We spent so much time and brainpower figuring out what pushes her buttons, what motivates her, and what is meaningless, that it’s counterintuitive to erase that experience and knowledge and try to think of new ways to get through to Logan that either didn’t work for Hannah or we never even thought of. We’re getting better daily though.
Sadly, the last time I wrote about Logan was about a year ago, just after his 3rd birthday. Now his 4th birthday is right around the corner. Damn. Time flies and life just keeps on keepin’ on. So what’s new with the little mama’s boy, you ask?
The most obvious thing is he can talk. And does a lot. You’d never think that just a year ago he was getting help from a therapist, because now there are stretches where he never stops talking, whether he’s telling a story, excited, complaining, or just babbling nonsense. He also loves to sing, mainly church and little kid songs he learns at school, but he also knows the words to a handful of songs from Tom Petty, Imagine Dragons, and some other random jams from my iTunes. There was a stretch where all he wanted to do was flip through songs, sing along for 30 seconds, then go to the next one.
What we’ve noticed, and it started with the music, is that he has a pretty darn good memory. He remembers song lyrics and can name the song/artist in the first 3 seconds of a ton of songs, entire books, colors, animals, and can even count to 100. He knows a handful of books by heart and probably could have even more memorized if he didn’t get so stuck on reading the same ones night after night after night after ni…well, you get the picture. Currently, it’s Pete the Cat books, which isn’t so bad. For awhile it was letters, numbers, and colors books, he knows a dozen or more nursery rhymes.
Another pretty typical thing is he wants to watch the same videos and shows whenever he gets the chance, and of course, his limited screen time is a very important part of his routine. Songs and play videos on YouTube and cup of milk are to Logan what coffee for most adults. Just don’t bother trying to talk to him that first half hour of being awake, kind of like his daddy. And before bed it’s True and the Rainbow Kingdom on Netflixand it’s hilarious when he busts out random quotes from Bartleby (the cat in the show) – hence the title of this post, “I like your style.” If you don’t know the show, but have little ones, you could definitely do a lot worse.
Ceiling tiles. Oh, those ceiling tiles. I’m not positive when it started, possibly when we were at Hannah’s school one night and he watched a maintenance guy fix the gridded ceiling for at least 15 minutes straight. Now, everytime we’re in a building with that type of ceiling he looks for ones out of place, and if there is one, he talks about it for several minutes. It’s really random and fascinating. I think it has something to do with his mechanical mind. While Hannah likes some STEM things, she’s much more art-minded, but Logan can play solo for nearly hours with play food in his kitchen, Play-Doh, Kinetic Sand, puzzles, or just dumping cups of water into other cups back and forth.
Spring and summer can’t get here soon enough and I’m looking forward to Logan playing his first sport. We’ll give soccer a shot and see how that goes. He loves to kick the ball around, but that whole following directions, taking turns, and playing with other kids thing is not his strong suit. Hopefully he’ll be ready for baseball and basketball sooner than later. We just took him and Hannah to their first professional sporting event and he’s asked a few times when we’re going again, so that’s exciting. And if he hears a clap-clap-clapclapclap he instantly says “Mad Ants Basketball” – not to worry though, because we’ll be back to “Let’s Go Yankees” soon enough! It’s hard to remember he’s not even 4, so all this stuff is pretty normal, so the weight room and protein shakes are probably going to have to wait a little longer.
A couple of other random milestones that we’ll always remember – his first stitches when he busted his chin open on the kitchen floor; and potty training was a grand old time and just a bit more challenging than Hannah. He has so many grandparents, cousins, aunts, and an uncle who he loves and talks about so much.
Overall it’s been an awesome year for him as he’s grown a ton physically and emotionally, and age 4 should be even more fun with the little guy.