I must say that I really enjoyed putting together a collage, that I decided to start from birth until now. I think I will keep adding on for each birthday. It was really a walk down memory lane going through thousands of pictures and numerous videos. I know 3 years doesn't seem like a long time, but it's so amazing how much children can change in that short span. Watching videos was so interesting because I could see now the little person he was growing into back then. From his facial expressions, his behaviours, his gestures...well, you get the picture.
So, what has this past year been like. It's definitely been one with lots of changes and challenges. Going right back to Josh's 2nd birthday was the first of many changes. That was the day Josh was moved from his crib to his toddler bed in a brand new room. I wasn't sure how he would take to it and right off the bat he wanted to sleep there and we never looked back. Thank goodness!
Exactly two months later we celebrated Halloween. Josh was excited because this was his first year going door to door for candies. He was so adorable, dressed up as a giraffe. We managed to stop at about six houses and I think that was more than enough for Josh. He loved getting the candies, but he wanted nothing to do with meeting any of the neighbours. It's hard to believe because these days he is a social butterfly and will talk with anyone!
Almost one month from Halloween was the biggest change that Josh had to endure this past year and that was the arrival of his nemesis, his adorable little sister named Leah. I "hope" that I did what I could do to help prepare him, but there's only so much a toddler could understand. Josh did well with her arrival and he does tell me every so often that he loves her. Honestly though I'm not sure how he feels about her. It seems like each day that passes he becomes a little more jealous of her. He has good days and bad. Our biggest problem is trying to help him understand how to share. Now that Leah is more mobile, he does try and play with her. I still find I have to "bribe" him to pose for pictures with her, lol!
Another big change we went through was getting rid of the bottle. For those who might not remember, Josh was very against bottles when he was a baby. When I went back to work, he finally started to drink from them because he had no choice when he was in daycare. He went from hating bottles to loving bottles. They became a comfort item for him. After Christmas, it was decided that he was too old for bottles and that we needed to get him drinking from a cup. Again, like his bed transition, it just happened. We put the bottles away and a few days of fussiness and it was done.
February was a long month for us. It is the month where Josh was sick, sick, sick. He was so ill at one point where I couldn't get him to eat or drink for days. I was so worried about him, but after a week of sneaking antibiotics into anything I could, he bounced back. He came so close to going to the hospital to get rehydrated, but thankfully didn't have to. I just know there will be many more experiences like this one to come.
A couple of months later we attempted potty training. The first attempt didn't even last a day, he was not ready at all. The second attempt lasted a few days and I thought that we were going to get it done. I was wrong! Josh just didn't want to do it, bribe or no bribe. We've placed potty training on the back burner and are waiting again for when he is more willing. For now, he's content to stay in a diaper and I'm just choosing my battles with him.
Speaking of battles, that brings me to tantrums. I'm not sure where my sweet boy went, but I hope he is still in there. I really hope it's just a phase and that it will get better as he gets older. Lately I've noticed how his anger is a reflection of my behaviour. DH teases me because of my temper and how easily I get frustrated and I can now see that same behaviour in Josh. It's kind of funny because sometimes I will let out this growl when I'm frustrated and I notice Josh does that too.
That essentially sums up this past year. It has been filled with some great memories and I can only look forward to his upcoming birthday with anticipation. I'm so blessed to have him in my life
Here is Lexi's "Year" I started with her 2 year pictures and ended with a picture from last month in Chicago. I will post a thread of her party pictures and her 3 year pictures after we get them done next week.
We have had a full on year, with having Charlie added to our family...A trip to Australia...sorting out the house etc...
Liam has been a dag to be around....constantly making us laugh...he has a great humour...he also has a firey temper, gets it from his dad
He started Kindy also this year, so thats a huge thing for him...HES LOVES IT!!!! And cant wait to go each morning, even tho at this stage he only goes Tue, Wed, Thurs from 1.15-3.15pm...a few months before he turns 4 he will be going every day from 8.30am -12.30pm...
He sure is turning into my big boy!!!!
As I was putting this together, I went back and looked at some of E's baby pictures...WOW how my baby has changed! This was a crazy year for us. E moved out of his crib, into a toddler bed, and a big boy bed all in the same year. He started pre-school today. He's such an independant little man and wants to do everything himself.