Thursday, May 28, 2009

Our Scootering 3 Year Old

Our 4th and youngest child turned 3 years old in April.  We are obviously busy with our boys since it is Little League season and 3 out of 4 of them are on teams this year.  Our youngest should have been potty trained by now, but we have been busy and a bit lazy.  Potty training is always a bit messy as you can imagine.  We bought a whole box of "pull-up" diapers, the kind that acts like a normal pair of underwear, but also works like a diaper as well.  Our youngest tells us now that he has gone pee in his pull-ups.  It's a good first step, but not exactly the peeing in the potty that we were hope for.  The timing is a bit off, and he doesn't quite understand that he should tell us when he "wants or is about to" pee and not afterwards.  No worries, he is becoming really fun.  We brought him to a parents night at the local elementary school and he was scootering around like a pro.  Since he has 3 older brothers, he has been scootering on two-wheels since he was 2 years old, so we really didn't notice how odd that is.  All of the other kids and parents were amazed to see a tiny 3 year old flying around the school yard scootering and balancing on 2 wheels.  Everything is accelerated in his life, because he mostly hangs around with his older brothers.  He can hit a baseball and throw pretty well for a 3 year old.  He seems to be growing up so fast, and even though we would love him to be out of diapers, there is a part of us that realizes it is our last one and a new chapter in our lives to be out of diapers as a family after 11 years!

He is certainly more advanced in somethings like baseball and scootering, but he still has the wonderful mind of a 3 year old.  The other night I rented several DVDs for the long Memorial Day weekend.  I named them off and one of the movies happened to be "Oliver Twist."  I asked the boys which one they wanted to watch first.  Our youngest said, I want to watch "all-of-the-toys."  

My wife and I are cherishing the moments with our toddler as our oldest prepares to "graduate" from elementary school next month.  It goes by so fast.

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