I've been meaning to post about Calder reaching the great milestone of age 3 1/2 for quite some time (he hit that milestone about 2 months ago...) Here's a glimpse of what life is like with a 3 1/2 year old:
Lots of talking. Lots. His little motor mouth never stops, but I don't mind. I love hearing him spout out new words as if they've been in his vocabulary forever. For example, my mouth almost dropped to the floor when I asked him a question recently, and he responded with "Certainly, Mommy."
Lots of curiosity. Not only does he talk non-stop -- much of what he's saying is question after question after question. This is sometimes incredibly frustrating, since his questions don't always have an answer, or at least one that will satisfy him. Other times, it's incredibly cute. Dave was doing sit-ups in the living room one night and Calder walked in and said "What are you doing, Daddy? Are you doing stretch-ups?"
Lots of bedtime drama. Bedtime has never been an easy time for us. He fights it almost every single night. In the past several months, I'd say that the bedtime process has improved slightly...but the poor child just cannot go to sleep. It's not uncommon for him to "lay" awake in bed for 2 hours past his bedtime. We're actually starting to phase out naps, since bedtime is far worse on the days that he takes a nap. On one recent night, I went in to check on him and he said "Mommy, every time I try to go to sleep, it takes too long." and "Every time I try to sleep, my mouth makes a sound."
Calder: "I love you, Mommy"
Mommy: "I love you, too."
Calder: "I love you, even when you're grumpy."
Mommy: "I love you even when you're grumpy."
Mommy: "Yes, it sure does."
Calder: "But not Daddy. He doesn't get sad about that because he's a boy."