This past weekend Owen was in his Aunt Lisa’s wedding, and he was an adorable ring bearer. Leading up to the wedding I think we were more stressed out than the bride and groom that he was going to throw a fit walking down the aisle, but he behaved very well. He even waved and smiled while carrying the pillow. During the reception, he was very excited to dance with everyone but then we came home. He did really well with letting us know when he had to go the bathroom on the way home. He didn’t have any accidents then, but playing in his room after we got home, about 10 feet away from the bathroom, he peed his pants and got it all over the carpet. He even had an accident yesterday at school. We’ve taken away his Halloween candy and TV when this happens, but nothing seems to work. When we ask him to try and go to the bathroom he calls us, “Bad Guys” and “Little Piggy”. The “Little Piggy” is kind of funny, but wetting his underwear is getting really old. I guess we’ll just have to continue to make him go to the potty every hour and hope for the best.
We were sitting in the breakfast room yesterday and Owen told the Google home to “sing him a song” and Google sang him Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and it was adorable. Also yesterday he refused to use the potty and peed in his underwear multiple times, not so cute. Maybe he is just going through one of the many kid phases. He might be going through a growth spurt because he is eating a ton. Just a few days ago he had his usual milk and cheerios and then asked for and ate a PB&Jelly sandwich for breakfast.
He enjoyed going to Party Lane earlier in the week where he ran the cash register to a market, helped animals at the animal hospital, had a tea party, and fixed some things.
This year Halloween has been the most fun for us with Owen. He has been so excited to do everything having to do with Halloween. Decorating the house, carving the pumpkins, dressing up, and doing fun crafts. He had a parade at school to celebrate Halloween, and although it only lasted about 5 minutes, it was adorable. I think he might be a little disappointed when we tell him that the next holiday doesn’t involve candy.
We now officially have a 3 1/2 year old. He is really good at throwing tantrums and letting you know what he doesn’t want. He enjoys helping cook dinner, but not cleaning up his toys. During school his teachers say that he is a good listener and plays with others well. It’s funny how he takes naps at school but not at home, and he never has an accident at school but at home it happens a lot. His favorite phrase is, “Holy Heck” and he has been asking if it’s Halloween yet pretty much every morning.
Last year Owen really did well with soccer so we signed him up again for this fall season. The only difference was that this year he would be the youngest. The first week was challenging for him. He was getting very distracted and frustrated. This led to us being upset and stressed too. By the second week, he was doing much better. Fast-forward a few weeks and he still wasn’t enjoying it. Last night started out rough with Owen just not wanting to participate, but after a few minutes of whining Tony was able to convince him to keep playing.
At the end of every practice, they play a mini-scrimmage. I think Owens favorite part of it is that he gets to wear a pinny. He gets so excited when he gets to touch the ball. He, like many of the kids, doesn’t really even understand what they are supposed to be doing. So it’s basically a hive of bees running around. After all the stress it is great to see him smile. There are only 2 more weeks left in the season, and he will have a new coach. I’m hoping that they go smoothly and without any tears.
Owen is so different when he is at school vs. home. At school, the teachers say that he listens and he never has a bathroom accident – he even takes a nap. At home, well, you know the drill. I sound like a broken record asking him if he needs to pee every hour and forcing him on the potty. I hate doing it, but he has multiple wet underwears every day. We’ve taken away TV on days that he wets himself, and we’ve given him timeouts because he doesn’t listen. Is there anything parents can suggest that might help. It is getting really old.
Other than peeing in his pants, Owen is growing more and more every day, and during a meetup yesterday he rode the Mars Shortline Train all by himself. I think he could have stayed there all day if I let him. He also likes to say, “holy heck” and “privacy please” when he needs to poo. Oh boy, he might drive us crazy most days, but he does have his cute moments too.
A few weeks ago we told Owen that he was now a big boy and no longer needed his potty sticker chart. His prize would be his first bike. So we took him to Toys R Us and spent some gift cards that we’ve had from his past birthdays. It was pretty funny when he picked out a quad that he wanted. Sorry, buddy, I don’t think we’ll ever buy you a quad. I was surprised that Toys R Us had one. After pulling out a few bikes and testing them out, he chose a red one and a Nemo helmet. Since his head is so big we had to get a helmet for a 5-year-old. He is getting better at pedaling, but he still has a lot to learn.