This past year he has really grown a lot. The biggest change we have seen is his language development. While he was a pretty new talker at the beginning of the year, he really expanded his vocabulary this year. It has been amazing and fun to witness. At the beginning of the year he would hum or sing every time we got into the car, a few months later he was naming all the objects we passed, then he began to talk in full sentences, now he plays make believe!
His memory has also grown. He now remembers his grandparents and long-distance relatives, the beach, and oh, does he remember Christmas! He will tell me that every toy we own he received as a gift at Christmas.
Of course the biggest life change for him was that just after his second birthday he became a big brother. Although it was a big and sometimes difficult adjustment, he took things in stride for many months - until Julia started to crawl! Then he became a true big brother - how do kids just instinctively know how to pick on their little siblings? But besides that, he is also a caring brother who delights his sister with his antics.
He is definitely an oldest child. He likes to direct everyone in what they should do and how they should play and he gets quite upset when people don't follow his instructions. He is still on the shy side, but once he gets comfortable he can quickly become the life of the party!
At three years old, Philip is:
A Train Lover
A Daddy's Boy
He doesn't like loud noises.
He is good at independent play.
He has an engineering mind.
He is a ham and loves to repeat anything that has gotten a good response.
I'm starting to wonder if he has some kind of a photographic memory. He can survey a set of toys (like his trains) and within a few seconds he knows if one of them is missing.
He continually amazes and delights us each day. He was a long hoped-for gift and he has brought us more joy than he could imagine.
Favorite Phrase: It's my! (mine)
Favorite Songs: Baby Beluga, Wheels on the Bus, Hot Dog Song, Tumeni Notes
Favorite Book: Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes and anything Frog and Toad
Favorite Toys: Trains, Vehicles, Water, Legos, Playdough
Favorite Cereal: Cinnamon Chex
Favorite Fruit: Berries
Favorite Snack: "Crackers and sauce and yogurt"
Favorite Drink: Juice
Favorite Lunch: Sandwich
Favorite Game: Hide & Seek
Favorite Thing to do Outside: Water table
Favorite Stuffed Animals: Big bunny and little bunny
Favorite TV Show: The Octonauts
Favorite Animal: Herbie the cat
Favorite Color: Green
Birthday Dinner: Hot dogs, watermelon, and cake
Watch him grow:
Want to reminisce a bit? Find out about Philip at Age 1 and Age 2.