I keep meaning to sit down and survey Mason for what HE thinks life is like at four years old, but I keep forgetting. So today, I bring you MY take of Mason at four – styled like my old monthly updates I did his first 2 1/2 years!
At four years old, Mason is
Still wearing 2T clothes, although some of the pants are getting a bit too short
weighing in around 36 lbs
still rear facing in his car seat
suddenly remembering he skipped the terrible twos – we’re all about screaming “No!” and throwing horrible tantrums these days
addicted to Wii golf
convinced he’s going to be a speedskater and a snowboarder when he grows up. Thank you Winter Olympics!
wondering when it will ever be Spring
getting the hang of riding his bike without training wheels
into Paw Patrol and Jake and the Neverland Pirates
looking forward to going to “Big Kid School” this fall (aka 4k)
great at playing the kid’s version of “Uno”
napping some days at daycare and never ever at home
taking karate classes
having a love/hate relationship with Sunday school.
STILL using a potty seat *sigh*
more particular about which pair of undies he’s wearing vs what pair of socks
always playing with monster trucks or construction trucks or tractors.
still the king of bedtime delays (It’s 10:10 and he just finally fell asleep
the boss of Charly – he’s the only one the dog ever listens to!
knows all of his primary colors and can count to 12 reliably and 30 with help.
very into giving hugs and saying “I love you”
“Can I tell you something?” is his most used phrase
playing with his first Lego sets (birthday presents ftw!)
convinced that any time it’s light out that it’s morning.
At four years old, Mason’s favorites are:
Favorite breakfast is pancakes or Kix Cereal
Favorite suppers are chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, and pizza
Favorite drinks are milk and water (he’s not allowed to drink anything else)
Favorite snack is graham crackers with butter and/or peanut butter on them
Favorite vegetable is green beans.
Favorite movie is The Little Mermaid.
Favorite song is “The motorcycle song” (some adult rock song with motorcycles in the video)
Favorite friends are Aaron, Liam, Chloe, and Ethan
Favorite stuffed animal is his penguin collection.
Favorite game is golf
Favorite toy is the remote control digger he got for his birthday
Favorite thing to do is play games on the TV (aka Wii Sports) or play with his golf toys (sensing a theme here?)
Favorite treat is Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins or M&Ms
Favorite thing to do outside is play with his digger (which hauls lots of snow these days)
I’m really curious to see what Mason says are his favorites compared to what I believe they are. Stay tuned next week for HIS answers to his bi-annual survey!
In one month, Mason will be three. That is CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAZZZZYYY!!! Since I’ve been so bad at blogging lately, I figured I would throw up a “Month Day” post, just to look back at the last month since we all can see this blog definitely hasn’t been a good reflection!
In his 35th month, Mason….
saw Yo Gabba Gabba Live! in the Cities and had a great time!
got a big kid’s sled but hasn’t been able to play with it much due to lots of 0º temps
wears mainly 24 month clothing with some 18 month and 2T stuff thrown in
loves to wear his train and monster hoodies he got for Christmas, as well as his “John Deer Shirt and pants” (the pants are actually plain camo pants LOL)
went to his first birthday party for a non-relative and had a great time swimming and eating cake (Thanks A and Q!)
Started seriously transitioning into the “Big Kids Room” (aka 3 year old room with 4-12 close by) at school
loves to say “Mommy/Daddy, I like you” randomly. Like when he calls you into his room at 2 am.
worries about whether Joe is sad when we are not home.
loves to bring us our things – he’s constantly bringing me my Kindle and both of us our phones or bottles of pop. Even if we’re in the bathroom or somewhere where it’s obviously NOT needed.
didn’t see his Grandma J much as she was sick most of the month
celebrated Valentine’s Day at school with a tea party and his favorite stuffed puppy was his special guest.
decided napping at home is for babies, but laying in his crib and watching “Bob the Builder” on the Kindle is fantastic.
favorite inside activities are watching TV (ugh), play with his tractors or monster trucks, playing with his trains, and playing hide and seek.
favorite TV shows are Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Chuggington, Doc McStuffins, and Yo Gabba Gabba.
favorite outside activities right now are shoveling and stomping in the snow.
likes to play the “one parent against another” game by coming bawling to one of us going “Moommmmyyy, Daddy said I couldn’t have a cookie!!! *sob* *sob* *sob*” It’s very pathetic and hysterical all at once.
is spot on with most of his colors and can count actual objects up to 14 if he feels like it.
loves to talk about Auntie Sarah and Baby Liam.
missed two days of school with a fever and a bad cough
still refers to his grandmas by the colors they wore last. “My pink grandma” “my blue grandma” It keeps us guessing
cried for half an hour when he came home and Joe wasn’t there (Joe was at the vet) Telling him Joe was at the doctor made him cry harder. Poor guy.
roleplays with his cars and trucks and there is usually a mommy, daddy, and baby or kid
insists on wearing his “Monster shoes” even though they are getting too small and he has awesome Yo Gabba Gabba shoes in an appropriate size
would wear his winter boots everywhere if we let him
gets mad if we talk while he’s watching TV. “Shhhhhhhhh!! be quiet!!!” is a common phrase during his two TV shows per day.
rarely eats a decent amount of food at supper time. He eats all his food at breakfast and lunch at school, so I try not let this bother me.
favorite snacks are still little muffins and teddy grahams.
I can’t believe this dude is going to be THREE in less than a month! Man, time flies!!
loves to make train and truck noises while playing
And according to BabyCenter, most kids stack six blocks (Mason can!) and walk heel to toe smoothly (Mason does). A lot of kids use pronouns (Mason doesn’t – it’s Mason’s bear, Mommy’s pop, Mommy do it, Mason do it. When I try to help and say “No, Mason, say “My bear” he replies with “Not mommy’s bear, Mason’s bear!” Hahaha) He can wash and dry his own hands for the most part, which is the other many skill. A few kids speak clearly most of the time – Mason has his good and bad moments. Usually I can understand him perfectly and other times, I’m like “Kid, I have NO clue what you just said!” Drawing a vertical line is the other genius skill and I dunno, does his permanent marker artwork count as vertical lines?!
Now that Mason is a big TWO years old, I’m not sure I’ll keep doing these monthly updates, but I think we’ll play it by ear and see how it goes – he seems like he’s changing SO much even day to day that I can’t imagine giving them up, but on the other hand, I really doubt anyone cares that he’s STILL in size four diapers, ya know? Maybe they’ll become “Funny things Mason said this month” posts in the future, but for now, we’ll stick with what we’re use to!
In his 24th month, Mason:
wore size 4 diapers and size 6 shoes
wore mostly size 18 month clothing. Most of the pants are still too big in the waist
weighed in at 26 pounds (10th percentile) and shot up to 35 inches tall(70th percentile) Holy growth spurt, batman!
lets you know when he REALLY wants something by not just saying “More more!” but signing it enthusiastically. This is basically the only sign he uses anymore
loved reading books about tractors, trains, Elmos (hahaha) potties, and puppies
passed his two year screenings with flying colors
became more demanding “Mommy do it!” “Daddy SIT!”
Favorite snacks were crackers, favorite meal was mashed potatoes or mac and cheese
hated eating soup at home but loves it at daycare
It hit 70º the week of his birthday so he got to hit the playground early this year
LOVED opening and closing doors
favorite non-toy toys were the broom and Daddy’s flashlight
threw some epic tantrums about coming in from outside
According to BabyCenter, kids his age should be able to name simple pictures in a book and name at least 6 body parts. He points out things in books ALL the time (usually over and over until you go “Yes Mason, that’s a WAGON!”) and he can POINT to at least 6 body parts, but the only ones he announces usually are eyes, ears, and hair. I’ll have to quiz him to see if he knows more! He should also be able to make 2-3 word sentences, which isn’t an issue. Many kids his age are able to open doors (oh my gosh, does he ever!) sing simple tunes (other than occasionally taking up “Row Row Row Your Boat” and “Old MacDonald,” he doesn’t seem very interested in singing) and talks about self. Other than “Mason ni ni” “Mason runnin!” and “Happy!!” he doesn’t really talk about himself. He’ll answer “Does Mason want to….” with yes or no, but isn’t randomly announcing his likes and dislikes. He is able to do their other two milestones – jump and walk down stairs. Some kids his age ask why and are attuned to gender differences. I’m okay that Mason isn’t there yet!
So, all in all, it was a big month for Mason and he’s right on track!
OMG, in (now less than) 1 month, Mason will be a TWO YEAR OLD!!! In all the time I spent imaging having a child when I was pregnant or when Mason was teeny tiny, I really never pictured anything past age two, so we’re heading into uncharted territory here!!
Here’s what Mason is up to at 23 months old!
Wearing size 4 diapers and size 18 month shirts and pants, with still some 12 month pants in the mix
Sleeps from 8 pm to 8 am every night and takes one 2-3 hour nap.
Insists on wearing shoes at all times and loves wearing his rain boots too. Size 5.5 shoes are too small, but size 6’s are still a tad too big.
Has started having epic meltdowns over just about everything. Doesn’t get something fast enough? Sobbing on the floor. No more choo choos on the TV? Crying and screaming. Having to put his pajamas on? Kicking and thrashing. It’s been… interesting.