This has been a big year of growing for Avery… he celebrated his 5th birthday in September and doesn’t forget it. He could be putting his jacket on and say “I don’t need help, cuz I’m five!”, or when he bonks himself, he’ll say “I’m ok. I didn’t cry because I’m 5.” Avery’s independence, personality, and LEGS have really grown this year. No really, I just spent all morning of Columbus Day putting a tote of clothes away that were too small for him that fit just 6 months ago!
As with tradition, here are a few fun categories with facts about Avery at year 5:
- Board Games: in order of favorite first… Battleship (although he loses interest after 30-40 minutes – he always wants to play it), Checkers (he’s mastered this one and usually beats me- fair and square. Someone has to teach him chess next!), Trouble, and Sorry. His latest love is playing the game of Life!
- Card Games: Golf and 15 (family card games), Go Fish, Uno (his favorite!).
- Pretend: good/bad guys, dinosaurs, cars, and legos, trains, and monster trucks. He’s been big into the monster trucks lately and we have ramps and sand pits setup on his activity table to play with that he loves – He really enjoyed playing these when his friends came over for his birthday party.
- Count to 29. At his yearly doc. visit, one of the tasks was to count to 15. They were pretty impressed We are working on 30+. Right now, after 29, he goes back to 20, haha.
- Spell his name, Mom, No, Yes, Mimi, and spell out any words with some direction/dictation.
- Read some sight words. Avery really loves reading before bed every night. We spend 30+ minutes a night and try to get thru as many books as we can. At least 1 book a night, I point out a few words (such as: I, a, No, Yes, Go, Zoo, Mom) as we go and he ready them to me.
- almost SWIM! Avery has had THREE swim sessions this past winter/spring and is so confident going under water, floating on his back, jumping in the water, and he’s swimming further and further alone every time we go. He recently learned how to do a ‘cannonball’ thanks to a trip to the White Mountains in NH with our neighbors and a fun outdoor heated pool. He’s just started his 4th swim lesson and is loving it.
- Recite the days of the week, and his birthday.
- Draw a person (with a head, face, body, arms, hands, legs, and feet!), and he’s really great at drawing houses and trees too!
- Weight: 39 3/4# (gained 3lbs!)
- Height: 44″ (grew 3-3/4″!)
- Clothes Size: 5/6
- That means, since he’s hovering around the same weight, but grew taller, his BMI is back down in the 15 percentile – he was in the 50s last year. Doc said its normal at this age to grow taller but his waist won’t fill out until he’s around 10 – which is why we are always on the hunt for those amazing pants with elastic and buttons at the waist so they don’t fall off him!
- Playing Outside – Driving his tractor, helping split wood, rake leaves, garden, and ride his bike.
- Reading, Coloring, and Artwork. We work in activity books daily, color together, and Avery is so proud when he makes a project at school, home, or with Mimi.
- The Weekend. Avery really enjoys school (he’e in public school now), but he asks every morning if its the weekend because he knows the weekend means fun activities with family and friends.
- Food! Most days, this kid can eat more than me! Dinosaur chicken nuggets, cheese, strawberries, apple chips, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and Pizza. Pizza is his favorite.
- Chores. Really, he does. I’ve taken a fun approach to chores since Avery was born – if they have to get done, might as well have fun doing them. I used to carry him in the laundry basket – he loved it. Now, he gets mad if I clean the bathroom or do laundry without him. Some chores he helps with are: Laundry – helping sort, load, fold, and put away, cleaning bathrooms, and sweeping. On a daily basis, Avery does many things by himself now: he picks out his clothes, gets dressed, showers, brushes his teeth, uses the bathroom and washes his hands, sets and cleans up the dinner table, picks out his own TV shows (Netflix kids monitored channels are great) and helps take care of Rosie by feeding her, putting her in her kennel when we leave, and putting her on/off her hook outside. He’s really such an independent kiddo – makes Mamma proud!
- To be an ‘animal doctor’ or ‘worker like Grampy’ when he grows up.
- A snack or treat after every meal… seriously, always eating!
- To win. always. At everything!
- Popsicles. All day, everyday. even when its 30 out.
- To know what time it is, or how long until an upcoming event is. He’s very interested in time and clocks. We LOVE a book that used to be Stevens – its a book with clock hands that you have to move as the day in the story progresses – very fun to read and Avery loves to adjust the hands of the clock.
Let me preface this by saying, we don’t watch TV very much in our house – we don’t have cable, and I love it that way. The TV is very rarely on. When it is, Avery loves to watch (via Netflix): Wild Kratts (PBS Show about animals), LEGOS, and Paw Patrol. Avery has recently gotten into video games too. Once or twice a week he’s played Sonic at my parents house and we’ve played Donkey Kong and Mario Kart (via the Original Nintendo) as a family – Steven and I may sneak a few games after Avery is in bed on the weekend, but don’t let him know!
Avery DOES NOT LIKE:
- Food touching on his plate
- Rosie waking him up with slobbery kisses – otherwise those two are like having two kids: they pester each other and love playing together.
- Vegetables – we have recently added cucumbers to his daily veggies (corn and carrots). He doesn’t care for them, but he will eat a slice or two if he knows there’s desert coming!
- Losing. Avery can really break down and throw a fit when he losing a race, game, or any competition. We’re working on good sportsmanship and not giving up when he knows hes loosing.
This fall, Avery started Preschool at the public school. He’s really enjoyed making new friends (that we hope he’ll have forEVER. I’m still in touch with many friends I had my first year at Westford) and his teacher has been wonderful. It’s pretty amazing, walking down the halls of the school I grew up in with my son. Steven and I had quite a kick on Avery’s Open House. After we toured Avery’s classroom and he showed us the library (the giant brown bear is still in the clawfoot tub BTW fellow Westford friends – and kids still run to be the first to be in it after story time is over), we took a stroll down the halls to say hello to teachers that taught us (for those of you that don’t know, Steven and I were in the same grade at this school many moons ago). It was great to see the reaction of some teachers when they saw and recognized Steven. I had said most of my hellos last fall when I coached XC and reconnected with many teachers. We are pretty excited that Avery is roaming the halls that we did so long ago…
And with school, comes school pictures! I’ll leave you all to admire this handsome guy…