On August 27th, we gave our 3 year old boy hugs and kisses for the last time at bed time because when we woke up on the 28th, we had a 4 year old boy instead. How is that even possible? Since his birthday was in the middle of the week, the day was fairly low key. We took iced sugar cookies to school for Josh to share with his friends. From the description Josh gave us, a miracle must have occurred at daycare because those 23 (Emma and Josh had to perform quality control the night before) cookies apparently fed the entire school, teachers, Pastor, and random other workers. Mr. Win and RiRi came over for dinner. Josh requested bacon wrapped hot dogs so Brad grilled some dogs and burgers. For all the talk of the bacon wrapped hot dog, once they came out, Josh changed his mind and went for a burger instead. Guess it was his prerogative since he was the birthday boy. After dinner, it was gifts and then cupcakes and ice cream.
The week after his birthday, I took Josh in for his 4 year check up. He is 85th percentile for both height and weight. Unfortunately for him, the check-up also included four vaccines. All I can say is thank goodness, we're done with shots until age 11 or 12. I had one very unhappy boy who probably scared every other child at the clinic. Donut holes afterwards momentarily dulled the pain but he was pretty miserable the rest of the day.
At four years old, Josh continues to be such a clown. He makes the silliest faces and can make his buddy Ross laugh by pretty much just tapping a finger. At the same time, he also has the wildest mood swings. One minutes, he'll be happy and laughing and the next he is falling to pieces. Josh is also quite fashion conscious and has definite opinions about what he will and will not wear. Granted, the reasoning doesn't always have a basis in reality but what can you do. Josh has become much more picky with eating over the past year and recently forgot how to swallow his vegetables. He can literally chew a mouthful of vegetables for 15 minutes and still not swallow them. Emma did go through the same thing so I know this will pass as well. Josh still loves to play basketball and baseball. He is also into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Superheroes, tools and trucks. He loves hanging out with Daddy when Brad is working on projects around the house and thinks he is big stuff when he gets to help out even if it is just throwing away trash. He may love hanging with Daddy but at four, he is still Mommy's boy. Happy 4th Birthday Josh! We are so thankful to have you in our lives and look forward to seeing what you come up with next.