Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Growing, Growing!

We took the boys to the spray park this afternoon. The spray park, if you've never been, is this really neat addition to a playground that involves lots of devices that shoot water into the air. The Boy absolutely loves the spray park; Little Bear is kind of indifferent to it. He spent most of the time on the swings. It was still really neat to see all of the kids playing in the park and seeing how the boys fit into the spectrum of children.

My kids are big - like, really big. Little Bear is something like the size of a three-plus year old. Still moves like a toddler, still is cautious like a toddler, but the size of an older boy. The Baby was there, and The aside was speaking with another mom who had a six week old baby, who was a solid three or four inches shorter and a couple of pounds lighter. The Boy is kind of normal sized, but he's grown quite a bit over the last month or so.

He has thickened out quite a bit. He's actually quite difficult to lift right now! He's gotten stronger and bigger, and he has certainly grown more adventurous. We went to the indoor play place - My Little Outback - yesterday in the rain, and I was pleasantly surprised to see him doing lots of climbing and jumping and crawling through stuff that he hadn't done before. It's really quite extraordinary. I blame Rodef Shalom's preschool for teaching him to try new things and play with new people.

Little Bear, despite his size, is really very, very careful in his activities. He is not eager to try new activities, and he has discovered the phrase, "That was scary!" Playing in the water part of the spray park, or going into the kiddie pool at the Family Park, is very scary to him right now. I know that he'll grow out of it, but it's weird to see my kamikaze kid being a... well, a fearful toddler. Little Bear has always been fearless and adventurous, ready to tilt at windmills with no provocation.

The Baby isn't doing anything too cool right now, although he has seemed to take a bottle fairly well over the past couple of days. Granted, it was freshly pumped breast milk, but it was still pretty cool to see. The secret is just like with his brothers: the milk needs to be warmed to body temperature, and the right nipple needs to be on the bottle. He's smiling when he sleeps, which is neat to see, and his head is moving quite nicely.

The rest of the day went quite uneventfully. We had dinner out as a family, which involved a big heap of French fries and some grilled cheeses, and The Boy and I had a nice play session outside with the hose and the small pool. I also had a nice walk with the three boys and Aunt Jeanne, and The Boy and I watched Star Wars together. Tomorrow, we are going to Kennywood for the day with the boys, which should be pretty darn awesome. I cannot wait to see Little Bear on those rides! I think he's going to go nuts.

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Sarah R said...

What a beautiful family you have. I can't believe Little Bear is so big!

Sarah R said...

Oh, and Andrew is my cautious one (still scared to go on the swings) where Elise is my adventurous one. She doesn't get it from me!