Jaden Timothy -
Age - 3 years, 5 months
*Chatterbox - the boy does not stop talking. Random thoughts enter his mind at random times all day long. Forget listening to morning radio on the way to work/daycare... Jaden will talk your ear off. Once Brandon starts talking, I don't think Cody and I have any hope of getting a word in. Ever.
*Wakes up between 5:30/6:00 every single morning. Yuck. Even on evenings where he stays up later, he wakes up early. And he doesn't wake up quietly. He wakes up singing at the top of his lungs some song that he makes up as he goes along, and he claps as loud as he can right along with his singing. We have had several talks with him about waking up quietly so that he doesn't wake up his younger brother, but he seems to forget those talks when he wakes up in the mornings. We've tried to get him to get out of bed and go to the bathroom by himself in the morning - telling him he is a big boy and doesn't have to ask our permission to get up and use the potty as long as he is quiet... but he refuses to get out of his bed without us telling him it's okay. (When he was two -- this was awesome. Now that he can fend for himself... I wish he would!!) Most of the time after Jaden gets up, Cody will go lay in his bed with him (and Cody falls back asleep in Jaden's bed, while Jaden lies there quietly) -- or sometimes Cody takes him out to the living room and turns on the early morning fishing shows. Jaden really likes to wash the guys fish on TV.
*Never stops moving. Trying to dress him is awful because he can't stand/sit still. He has to be jumping, turning, twisting, running, bouncing all the time. I probably use the word "focus" with Jaden a dozen times a day. He used to have favorite movies that would get him to sit still for periods of time... now those movies don't even work anymore. And there are times where I really wish they still did the trick!
*Doesn't eat quite as well as he used to. He's getting a little pickier, and I think he's finally learned what "full" means -- whereas when he was younger, he shoved food in his mouth like he hadn't eaten in a week. He also doesn't like to take the time to sit for supper... he'd rather be outside playing all night long.
*Has started practicing with his t-ball set and is GOOD at it. He can hit that ball hard and far. But he doesn't have the patience to be "coached" by his daddy or anyone. He is still completely in that stage of "I will figure it out myself! I will do it myself!" This isn't true just for t-ball... it's true for everything.
*Loves vitamins. First thing every morning -- "I want a vitamin!"
*Refuses to try swings -- the ones at the park or the one on our own tree.
*Loves the slides at the park.
*Has retired from taking baths to taking a shower. And he loves it. Cody has tried showering with him a couple of times, but Jaden prefers doing it all by himself.
*Notices the smallest "owie" on anybody.
*Is doing great with going potty in the potty. Accidents still happen but very rarely.
*Is starting to take shorter naps. Jaden has always been a GREAT napper... but now he usually only lasts about an hour. I'm sure naps will be completely done with him in the next year. Darn.
*Can put his shoes on by himself almost all of the time, but shows no interest in learning to dress himself. He can do his underwear and his shorts pretty well - but struggles with shirts. (He has zero patience with things like this -- and can get frustrated very easily).
*Can be wonderfully sweet, but has developed a very strong attitude. Unfortunately we are having to resort to time outs more frequently now. In fact, last night we had to put him to bed early and without bedtime snack because he was being very rude all night long and refused to listen. He's definitely testing boundaries and limits.
*Is very good with Brandon - most of the time. The only time we have problems is when they fight over toys. Most of the rest of the time, Jaden is protective and sweet - always wanting to kiss Brandon good night, patting him on the head, talking kindly to him, etc. He rarely calls him Brandon though -- usually he calls him "baby." ;)
*Starts preschool in two months!!
Age - almost 16 months
*Funny. He has a facial expression for every situation and feeling. He sometimes seems wise beyond his years, can be very sly and is quite the jokester.
*Waves bye-bye now without being told to. Blows kisses, gives real kisses (which are really more like head-butts -- exactly how Jaden used to do it), is getting more attached to his blankie, and says Dada way more than he says Mama. (This c-section scar I have from his birth is going to come in real handy for bribery down the road if he continues to show favoritism to his daddy!)
*Isn't really saying any words besides mama or dada but we are seeing more and more how he is trying to communicate. He says "thank you" the same exact way Jaden used to -- by not actually saying a word but repeating the same number of syllables. (I can't even type out how it actually sounds).
*Every animal is called the same thing -- "Ga Ga!!!
*Loves to swing and slide and is already trying to ride our little bike, but his legs aren't long enough to reach the pedals! He is still much much much more daring and adventurous than Jaden ever was or is. He is a delightful handful.
*Will not sit still long enough for me to read to him a single page out of a book.
*Is getting better at eating and is using a spoon and fork all by himself, although he's better with the spoon than with the fork. And he refuses help. In fact, last night I was trying to just hold the cup of yogurt for him while he fed himself with the spoon so that the yogurt cup wouldn't get pushed off the table -- but that wasn't even acceptable. Every time I so much as put my hand near the yogurt cup, he politely grabbed my hand and moved it away.
*Likes to dance and sway to the music and likes to clap along with Jaden when Jaden sings. ;)
*Is a cuddler.
*He is very protective. Anybody out there with little girls his age -- I may be biased, but I think he'd make a pretty good friend and future husband!
*Is not a good napper. I consider it a good nap if he sleeps an hour to an hour and a half in the afternoon. We rarely get a two hour nap out of him, and sometimes we don't even get an hour out of him. But -- he also sleeps in later than Jaden. Most of the time. In fact, most of the time we have to force him to wake up in the morning to get him ready for daycare. He usually likes to sleep until at least seven - and sometimes close to eight in the morning.
*Is getting a head full of hair -- and the back of his head is all curls.
Our boys are as different as night and day in so many ways... but they are both very loving, sweet and funny. We are having so much fun watching them grow and watching their personalities continue to develop.