|Judah got this Robin costume for his birthday. He asked for it specifically. The plate is full of "bug" appetizers that were a big hit. Ritz crackers with cream cheese and a ladybug made of half a grape tomato and a quarter of a black olive.|
So, our sweet and not so sweet Judah/Ben/Benny/Benjamin (depending on who you ask/he says you can call him whatever you want) turned four towards the end of August, and we were hoping it would bring an end to this wacky behavior of fits over the littlest things, like getting dressed or eating dinner, but, alas, it was not to be. His fits and resistance to bedtime have continued, but I would say they are slightly less often and we haven't had any huge ones lately either so maybe we are on the down slope of it all. The big 4 did bring with it a hernia diagnosis (possibly from said giant fits or from his coughing fits when he gets asthmatic with a cold, hard to say.) Also, he got to wear the handed down wooden "4" necklace from when I was a kid. Unfortunately, he was swinging it around on the playground at kindergarten and hit himself in the forehead big time. Here's a picture with the goose egg.
The Good News: He is otherwise healthy and a very cute, pleasant boy. If you don't push the wrong button he can be quite adorable. Judah is also very smart and asks to do "school work" whenever Drew is doing his. He can recognize all his numbers through ten, count, tell more or less, recognize most of his letters and say their sounds. He knows how to play many card games with the big kids. He's about 35lbs. He LOVES insects right now and wants to know all about them. He catches them and tries to scare his sisters with them. He'll pick up anything, and we are working on that because he even picked up a bee one day at the pool and was letting it crawl all over his hand. He said, "Look, Mom, it didn't sting me!" Luckily, it was water logged and didn't sting him, but he was then instructed not to try that stunt again. I call him my little entomologist. Lately he's been asking me a question, and if I say "I think..." before answering he replies with, "Can you look it up on the internet to check?" He and Bobby have been getting on better lately with lots of love, hugs, and kisses to be shared.
Responsibilities: He's getting off easy with the chores since he has so many more compliant brothers and sisters (at least at the moment) and he only has to set the table before dinner, take the empty egg crates to the fireplace, clean up his room after rest time, and line up the shoes by the back door.
|He got a promotion from sidekick to superhero.|
Privileges: His four year old privilege is to move to a booster and switch from nap time to rest time. He started skipping naps and doing rest time a couple months ago because he was staying awake so long at night that I thought it would help him go to sleep better (at night) if he wasn't napping, and it has mostly done that. We haven't made the full transition to booster yet because of pure lack of time to get the car seat out of the van and the booster in place, but if he is riding in any other vehicle he does ride in a booster now. I can't believe I am about to be down to one car seat.
Celebration: We had a bug cake, bug appetizers, and we had a simple dinner at home. Normally we go out to the restaurant of the birthday boy/girl's choice, but since Judah has such a picky palate we left off that tradition for him. I always bring a PB&J to restaurants for him because I will not pay for food he is not likely to eat willingly, and I will not force him to eat a dinner when I am trying to enjoy mine. Hence, the dinner at home! I was just glad his specifications for a cake were all doable. He threw in the need for worms on his cake at the last minute, but luckily we had gummy worms to come to the rescue.
Happy birthday, dear Judah! We love you and are so thankful for you sweet heart, your smile, and your desire to share and be loving more often than not. You are funny, adorable, cuddly, and a smarty pants. We love you so!