Monday, April 13, 2015

Justus: a snapshot at 3-years-old

Rather, quite a few snapshots of my 3-year-old. Every post I feel like I say "this is such a fun stage." But, right now, this is such a fun stage!

A little bit of a sleepy face.

He says, "Wrap me up, Mom" when he gets cold.
Last night we were on the way to Eagle Creek Park and JD was asking Bryce a million "why" questions. Finally, Bryce said, "JD, just sit back and enjoy the ride." And Justus said: "But I like talking to you, Daddy." Yes, yes you do like talking.... a lot.

This morning I heard Justus say to Silas: "You're my friend, Silo." They play so well together, most of the time. JD pretending; Silas tagging along. It's hilarious when JD tackles Silas or tries to give him hugs. JD will also carry on one-sided conversations with Silas--Silas just nods and makes his "yes" sound.

Justus loves when we turn on the music loud and dance (i.e. jump and spin) around the living room. His current favorite song is "We are the Free" by Matt Redmond (aka "the oh-oh song").

A couple of months ago we dropped his nap time. After a few weeks of miserable bedtimes (someone would not stay in bed, no matter what we did!) we finally realized that he was simply not tired at bedtime. We dropped the afternoon nap, and then he could fall asleep at night. Instead, I implemented a rest/quiet time on the couch for about 1-1.5 hours in the afternoon. Sometimes he falls sleep. Sometimes he looks at books. Sometimes he watches cartoons (Veggie Tales and Thomas the Train are current favorites).

"Mama" is what he first learned to call me. And then he started to throw in "Mom" every once in awhile. When he's on the other side of the house and I'm not responding to him, then he'll start yelling "Sweetie Pie!" since that's what Bryce calls me. It's amazing what they pick up from listening to you. I guess I say, "maybe" and "what are you talking about" a lot....because now he does too.

When he's trying to explain something to me but I'm not quite understanding, then he'll say, "Do you know what I'm talkin' about?"

Justus plays so well by himself! Usually while Silas has his first nap, I use that time to clean or work on the computer or read my Bible, and he just plays and plays. Riding his little bike around. Pushing the mower. Lining up cars on the ottoman. Lots of little conversations. I just love listening and secretly watching him.

Justus can tend to be a little sensitive and emotional (...ahem....wonder who he gets that from). And he doesn't like loud noises. Yesterday at the playground, he told one of the other kids that they were being too loud (!!). When we play music at home, he says, "just a little bit loud"--it can't be too loud. At church, he plugs his ears when the automatic toilets flush....hilarious.

"Face Time" with Dad when he's at work

After his dentist appointment last month they wanted him to stop sucking his thumb. We did a couple of weeks of bandaids on the thumb at night time.....and it worked! I haven't caught him sucking his thumb in a couple of weeks.
Sledding with Dad at Shoaff Park in Fort Wayne

Potty Training Story:
We started training him on December 31. (I had been dreading it, but finally decided to just go for it.) We had four days with no activities and Bryce only working one of those days, so after lunch on a Wednesday, we said: let's do it. He never again wore diapers during the day. Pull-ups at night only (and after the first few nights, he was completely dry about 60% of the time). He had already been pooping on the toilet about 50% of the time for a couple of months, so that made the transition easier. I set the timer for 20 minute intervals for a "pee time" reminder and we dove in. A couple of accidents the first afternoon--he had no idea how to control his bladder. Just a few accidents the second day, and I stretched the timer to 30-40 minute intervals. Even better on the third day, hardly any accidents. There were a couple of small relapses that first week (mostly when I forgot to remind him) but it essentially took 2.5 days and he was doing great! So much easier than I anticipated. Way to go, JD!

Hanging out with cousin Everett
I don't think I've seen JD walk down the stairs at our house for a couple of months: he always slides down. Runs around the corner, literally throws himself on the stairs, and slides down on his belly as fast as he can. There's a certain technique to it now, too: one knee is usually bent. It's crazy how fast he goes on our steep stairs.
Helping wash dishes with one of our Safe Families children
We usually sing a couple of songs before bedtime. JD doesn't always sing along, but don't let it fool you: he knows all of the words! For awhile, his favorite was "Jesus Loves Me" and right now he always requests "My God is So Big."

Justus, I love your questions (most of the time). I love your grin. I love watching you play. I love it when you tackle your Dad and try to make a scary growl. I love it when you care for Silas. I love it when you give me nose kisses at night.


  1. Oh Bryce don't be so emotional. Jkjk. Love this post. So fun.

    1. You know it's Bryce he's taking after. :-)

  2. Love this!! What a sweet boy! I find myself saying "this is the BEST stage" at every stage of life with the boys too! Ha! Thanks for sharing : )

    1. How can it be true every time?....but it is!

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    1. He does that on cue for the camera now, every I need to figure out how to get a "real" smile....haha.