Monday, May 16, 2011

My Great Big Little Boy


This guy is now THREE.  That’s a pretty big deal, in case you didn’t know.


Anderson turned 3 back on April 15th. (I’ve been a little busy.)   He seems so grown up.


On Anderson’s Birthday Eve  I snuggled up with him at bedtime and told him he’d never be two again.  I asked how he felt about that.  Anderson told me,  “I’m ready for my mumber 3.  I fink it will be a good mumber Mom.”  Then he went to sleep.  Well, okay kid.  As long as you’re ready for this.DSC_0002

Anderson’s big gift from his grandparents was a new table and chairs set which he (read I) thinks is 100% darling.  We surprised him with it first thing Birthday Morning.

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Later we celebrated by going to the park.  Just me and Anderson and Max.  


Anderson got a carpet burn on his forehead (don’t ask) a week before his birthday.  It is just now (5 weeks later) fading but is still visibly pink.  It’s crazy distracting so I photoshopped it out of some of my favorite pictures, but left it in the rest.  It’s a good representation of his age and personality, right?DSC_0049


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Max had his first swing experience and loved it.  He was all giggles.



Uncle Tom, who was interning in DC at the time, joined us for dinner at Chick-fil-a.  We can’t get enough of that place, its chicken sandwiches, its milkshakes and its great indoor playground.



Back home, we opened presents, ate cake and sang Happy Birthday.

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Tom took this shot of Max “in jail.”  Really he’s pulling up on our stairs’ railing.


Anderson’s big gift from us:  a tricycle. 


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It took him about a day to figure out how to pedal, but by Sunday he was cruisin’.

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Pretty soon, he didn’t need the adult push bar.  We had a feeling that wouldn’t last long.


“Don’t worry Mom.  I am doing fine.”

DSC_0119DSC_0123  Back to Birthday Night…

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Masterpiece right?  3 is definitely harder than 2 or 1.


Oh my poor kid with the crappy cake.  But guess what?  He loves it.


So does Max.


I made Anderson a photo book of his 2nd year (yes, I’m a year behind).  It arrived just before his birthday so I wrapped it up.  He loved it.



The day after Anderson turned 3 Harley turned 32.  Harley got birthday donuts (making another cake seemed ridiculous).  It poured rain the entire day ruining our zoo plans and our dinner date plans.   We stayed in, put the kids to bed early, ordered Middle Eastern take-out and had a quiet evening at home… which is actually Harley’s ideal way to party.DSC_0287

I bought him Toms shoes, which he’s making me return.  He bought himself a DNA kit which he’ll spit in then mail back to the nerds at 23andme, who will analyze his saliva and send us a cheat sheet of his genetic makeup.  He can’t wait.

A week after Anderson’s birthday we took a celebratory family road trip to Philadelphia to visit our friends the Smiths, tour the city and take Anderson to the Please Touch Museum.  Please Touch is a children’s museum where you are encouraged to touch everything.  It did not disappoint.


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Tea Party in Alice’s Wonderland.  My favorite section.



And just like that, my great big little boy was another year older.  Two was a big year for Anderson.  He became a big brother.  He moved.  He left the crib for bunk beds.  He started preschool.  He gave up the pacifier.  He potty trained.    I never blogged about that last one (oh how I meant to), so I’ll go ahead and throw up some pictures here.


We had a full blown “potty party.”  Boy was it fun.


Left:  On the phone with Papa saying, “Yeah, this is so much work.”  He then told me, “Mom, leave.  You shut the door and leave me.  This is going to get very icky in here.”  Right:  He filled his chart and earned his prize in less than two weeks.  Our secret to success:  waiting until he was really REALLY ready.


Each transition Anderson surprised us with how well he did.  He is a great kid.  And he’s funny!  My favorite times of the day are when he says something so smart or funny I’m left laughing out loud.  Every day I wait for it.  Every day it happens.  We love him so.




Crystal said...

Your kids are huge. I'm jealous. I can't get either of mine to break 30 lbs or grow out or 3T clothing ], be perfectly potty trained, give up pacifiers. We are still working on getting big around here. Looks like a fun birthday for your little boy.

Michael said...

Thanks Wendy ...

Anderson is a great grandson and I really look forward to seeing him in just 2 weeks.

And you are a great mother and Harley is a great father.

Mom said...

Beautiful post. I am glad you are enjoying the journey of motherhood because it goes so quickly.

Jessica Taggart said...

Can I just borrow them for a few days? I feel like we need to get to know each other a little better. I AM their crazy Aunt Jessica, after all!

Sarah S said...

Happy Birthday to your big guy!! Three years old is such a fun fun age. Fun pictures and post.

Rachel said...

LOVE! Also, really want to see your basement on Friday after seeing your shout out to its progress on your sidebar!! Can't wait to see you and Anderson and Max! SO SO SO CUTE!

Ali Snow said...

Wow - getting so big! I can't wait to see him in a few weeks. He's such a smart and fun boy. Happy Birthday Anderson.

Great job on the photo shop picture by the way

Suzette Selden said...

Anderson is such a cutie. You are such an awesome mom. I'm amazed by all the fun stuff you do!

Lisa Weiler said...

Such great pictures! I love the swing one and the close up of just his face. His comments and one liners are so funny. Such a smart child. I love the potty picts too. I wanna go to the please touch museum.

Pink Panda said...

Wendy, each and every one of your posts are just lovely! I love your pictures too- the one with Anderson in the swing is just too cute! Love your dress too! Stylin'!

Gwendolyn said...

I loved reading this post. Anderson is such a special guy, and what a lot of accomplishments during his second year! I'm looking forward to no more diapers (but agree that it's better to wait until mine's really REALLY ready).

anna banana said...

Sure love you, your darling boys and Andersons Tshirt. I want one of those!

Ligia said...

Can not believe our kiddos are 3! What a fun birthday day! And still so jealous you got to go to Please Touch. Hoping to make it there next month!!

Brittany said...

What a sweet post! You guys celebrated in style! Happy birthday anderson!

Sara said...

LOVE this beautiful post! Love big boy Anders (Happy 3rd!)! Love the tricycle, potty pics, & Max's blue eyes :) Miss u all xoxo

Ryan and Cheryl Harris said...

Aww....Love that AB! Such a doll. It's fun to think about how much joy he's brought to us all for the past three years. Happy Birthday Anders!

Emily Reese said...

Three is big! Anderson is a cute boy, I wished you lived closer so our boys could be play and we could too. Em

Ming said...

Hooray for turning three! Where have the last 3 years gone?! Such a big boy and darling to boot. Poor carpet burn...looks painful, but hooray for photoshop. Way to go Anders! You're a star!!