Saturday, May 5, 2012

Chase turns 3

Chase had his 3rd birthday last Sunday.  We celebrated with a small family party the week before (so that Brett would still be pre-surgery), and it was a great day.  Turns out moving the party up was perfect because the following Saturday was much colder weather and Taylor was sick.  Anyway, the theme of the party was Mater from Cars.  Chase has been asking for that for a long time.  I ordered the cake from the grocery store, and accidentally got it twice as big as I meant to, but we managed to finish most of it.  Chase found these funny Mater party hats at the party store, which everyone got a kick out of.  He got some really fun presents: a LeapPad, wheel barrow with shovels, scooter, Hi Ho Cherry O, golf clubs, and a doctor kit which he uses to give us all check-ups.  He was also excited to get some fun packages in the mail, including his very first check which he got to cash at the bank, and which led to the purchase of his first piggy bank (shaped like a basketball).

Chase is such a great big brother, always looking after Taylor, and playing great with him 99% of the time.  He loves to sing songs, make up games, read books, run around outside, and wake up before dawn no matter what time he goes to bed.  He's still a great eater, and loves all vegetables.  He's always picking out letters on signs and can read a few small words.  He definitely feels a lot of ownership over the letter C and the number 3, because he thinks those are his.  We signed him up for preschool in the Fall, and he is really excited about that.  He's always making phone calls to family members, because he has all of my speed dial numbers memorized.  At his check up on Monday he weighed in at 30 pounds, which is about 30th percentile and his height is about 65th percentile.  People keep commenting that he seems tall for his age, but I think it's more his verbal skills that make him seem older.  After all, the kid is still wearing 18-24 month size shorts!  He's so friendly, with adults and kids alike.  Since being potty trained a few months ago, he hasn't had any issues with that, which is such a relief.  His bedtime routine has become my favorite time of the day: we read books on his top bunk, he says his prayer, we talk about what we did that day, and then snuggle.  He's very specific about what I say as I close the door (can toddlers have OCD? haha) but it's still all very cute.  Chase has a ton of energy, and wears me out with his "why" questions, but he is certainly a very special little boy and I couldn't be happier to be his mother.


The Hunzikers said...

Cute cake! What a cute, funny little guy!