This week we celebrated our oldest son Micah who turned 6 on Friday. I am so proud of him, thriving in his first year of Kindergarten. From last year to this year he made BIG strides. For instance, he....
-finally stopped using the potty seat (you know, the ones you put on the big potty?) I'm sure he would just love me sharing that info. with you.
-he grew from a size 5 to size 6, becoming even taller and leaner.
-he started and finished kindergarten, doing better than we had even hoped for.
-he learned to read! We're still working on it, of course, but we're surprised every day by how much he can already read.
-he went on his first field trip on a real bus!
-he started eating more vegetables. Phew!
-he has become more social and friendly, overcoming his shyness (most of the time).
-he has overcome most of his temper tantrums that we dealt with during years 3-5 (with the help of these books, I might add).
We are so proud of the little boy he is becoming. He is a great big brother, playing with Jaden and teaching him everything he knows. Here are a few of his favorite things:
-Show: Believe it or not, he is really into Wonder Pets on Netflix right now. We have no idea why, since it's aimed for ages 2 and under, but he and Jaden request this show every single day! :)
-Food: Spaghetti and Meatballs, hold the sauce
-Vegetable: Tomatoes. I can pack small tomatoes in his lunch and he will eat them like candy!
-Toy: Star Wars Legos. Totally obsessed.
-Hobby: Playing Lego.com on the computer (which we limit to Sat. and Sundays only now). He also loves camping and being outdoors.
-Friend: His friend Frankie lives down the street and they just love each other!
-Shoes: Sketchers, because "they make me run fast."
Micah has a few "quirks" which drive us crazy but make us smile: He thrives on routine and does not really want to do anything new. We have to gently break him in to any new activity or place we are going to. He does NOT want to go to the movie theater, under any circumstance, and prefers to wait until it's on Netflix. (Cars 2? Not this boy, who told me, "Let's just wait till it's on Netflix, mom.") He told us it's too loud, and we think it has something to do with the fact he still has a tube in one ear. He also has never wanted sauce on anything until last week, when he informed us he wanted ketchup and mustard on his hamburger "in a happy face" and ate it all up. Ooookay!
If you know about personality types, Micah is a classic Melancholy-Choleric. He is a perfectionist and gets frustrated easily when things just are not right. This will be interesting as we head into 1st grade. Micah has a knack for building and designing things. We are absolutely amazed at what he creates with Legos. He plays with them for hours and builds complete cities. This boy could definitely be an engineer one day.
He is a very deep thinker and asks questions about every song we listen to. "Dad, why does it say 'you broke my heart'?" He asked me about every line of "Rock A Bye, Baby": "Why are they in a tree top? Why did the bow break? Why did the baby fall?"
Micah is still a bit shy in new situations but warms up pretty fast and loves to make new friends. He thinks he knows everything and continually quotes "Beau" - a kid from his kindergarten class. All day long I hear things like, "Beau said!" or "You don't know, mom. Beau told me." Micah wants to be in charge of everything and everyone. He wants to WIN every game. He likes to boss Jaden around. I overheard him say during a basketball game between the two of them, "My court, my rules!" Um, seriously?! He said it was another thing Beau said. Micah is influenced by other kids and what they think a lot, which concerns me a bit. I pray for him daily that God would give him wisdom and help him make right choices.
We thank God for our Micah, and that we've made it through a few rough years of health issues and behavior issues. We love what he brings to our family and we love watching him grow.