Happy 3rd Birthday, Dylan!

Becoming your mommy is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I love sitting back and watching the boy you are turning in to. Every smile I see and laugh that I hear just fills my heart with love and joy...words can not describe the love I have for you (and your sister too).

Physically: Dylan was potty trained a few months after turning 2. We decided to stop "cold turkey" with diapers and we never looked back. We had a few accidents at first, but he did great. Dylan loves to dance and jump and he's starting to jump off of higher elevations, which makes me nervous since he's already broken his leg once. He also likes climbing up the stairs by himself (with someone right behind him), but he's still unable to climb down unassisted. He's still unable to use his tricycle, but he tries.

Academically: Dylan has learned so much this school year...thanks, Ms. Chelsea! He is able to count up to 20 with a little help. He can now identify his shapes, colors, letters, letter sounds, and numbers. He does amazingly well with floor puzzles, as long as it's a Thomas puzzle. He can also match letters to spell words and can write an "O". He's not too interested in writing or coloring yet and even painting is hit-or-miss.

Language: Dylan is starting to use 3-5 word phrases. He's still only about 50% intelligible to an unknown speaker, but he's trying (spoken like a true SLP). I'm so happy he's starting to use prepositions (in, on, under, behind) and he's starting to understand/use more basic concepts. He seems to want clarification when he doesn't understand something and is starting to ask more and more questions...luckily we're not in the "why" stage yet. His speech is also getting clearer, but there are still a lot of instances where I still can't figure out what he's saying. But best of all, Dylan can now tell me when he doesn't feel well or when something hurts, and that has been so helpful. I've been so tempted to give him the PLS-5, but I may wait until his attention gets better. (Of course this would sound like a PLAAFP statement...should I write his IEP now?!)

Social/Emotional: Dylan became a big brother this year and he has adjusted to it so well. He LOVES his little sister and is always wanting to give her hugs and kisses. He loves helping us with Keira and is definitely taking his "big brother" duties seriously. I'm so happy and proud of him! Let's hope it lasts. I feel like he is having fewer tantrums and they are certainly more predictable, so I can usually avoid them. He's starting to use emotions to describe how he's feeling or how Keira appears ("mommy, baby's happy!"). He still loves music and pretending to play his trumpet or drums...he gets so excited when he gets to go to "Daddy's school". He likes going to school and playing with his friends and teachers. He's still obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine, but he's starting to like pirates lately. He loves giving us hugs and kisses. He still never goes anywhere without his Gloworm and his best friend is still Jackson Hyde :-)

Park fun on his birthday...

...and flying kites with Daddy!

Dylan's birthday party at school...he had a blast!

Playing with his new fire truck...his birthday present from Ms. Chelsea :-)

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