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10 things about Tiernan, age 5 and a quarter

Posted on: October 20, 2012

The good stuff:

1. You just learnt to ride your bike without training wheels!! I’m so proud of you my heart could burst. You saw one of your playgroup friends riding his bike without training wheels, and the next time we got your bike out you announced that you would like yours removed. Then you hopped on and off you went. Half an hour later, you were riding as though you’d been doing it for months. Awesome.

A blurry action shot. You were going fast!

2. You are very much looking forward to ‘big school’. I am too. You are ready to go, and I think (hope) you’ll have a ball. You’re such a curious kid, and a great thinker. I’m forward to watching you learn new things and develop new skills. Of course, I’m also a little sad that you’ve grown up so quickly, and I’ll miss you loads while you’re there. But I’m so excited that you’re about to enter the next stage of your life, as a school-kid.

3. You seem to have mellowed out just a little over the last few weeks. We still get the occasional bout of Tiernan craziness, but it’s not daily anymore. In small doses, it’s more tolerable. You can be quite mature at times, and you sometimes surprise me by handling tricky situations much better than I expected.

4. You have been very interested in reading numbers for a while now, and are getting really good at reading two-digit numbers, ie ’64’ is ‘sixty-four’. You make the odd mistake, such as ‘fivety-four’ and you get stumped with the twenties. By the way, I agree; ‘tooty-three’ is a much better number than ‘twenty-three. Your favourite number is 89. In the last week or so, you have been asking me what certain words say, too. You haven’t been particularly interested in writing or reading words up until now. You love playing words games, like thinking of rhyming words, but you don’t really care about reading them yet. I haven’t wanted to push you, so the fact that you seem to be taking a bit of interest is very encouraging.

5. You have been drawing some really great pictures lately, which I love. Last week when you were at home sick from daycare, you sat and drew some pictures in your new dinosaur book that you got from Nanny. You drew a stegosaurus and were so happy with it that you told me you wanted to be an artist when you grow up.

6. You have made a new friend at preschool and you really look forward to seeing him each week. He is about your age and you both seem to enjoy each other’s company. You have also made friends with a boy at playgroup, whom you used to say you didn’t like. Apparently he called you ‘Tin man’ rather than Tiernan. I don’t know whether he was teasing or actually having trouble saying your name (it is a bit tricky). Anyway, you seem to have worked it all out now. You both have similar interests and are the big boys of playgroup, so it’s nice to see you getting a long.

7. Even though you’re my big boy, you still love your bedtime cuddle and story in your bed. You also like to have one of us lie in bed with you while you go to sleep, but you only get to have it a few times a week, depending on how busy we are and what type of day we’ve had. You’re really good at bedtime now, even when you’ve had a sleep or rest during the day. If you don’t go to sleep straight away you’re usually happy to play quietly by yourself until you’re ready. It makes life sooooo much easier!

8. You have been going to a speech pathologist for your stutter for over a year now, and I’m pleased to say that you have improved heaps and we are into the maintenance phase of the treatment at last! It has been a long slog. We now only have to do ‘smooth talking’ three times a week. It’s still a struggle to fit them in, especially when you are sick for a week like you were last week, or when there are unusual things happening and we’re extra busy. However, three is definitely more manageable than five, and I’m looking forward to dropping them down even further in a few more months. Then it will be time to work on some of your lisp. But we won’t think about that yet.

9. You can make your own sandwiches! This is awesome, because I am so sick of you complaining of hunger, like, all day every day, and now I can just say “Go and make yourself a sandwich!” and you do.

10. You just started Little Athletics recently and you seem to enjoy it. We opted for a club that operates on a Friday night rather than Saturday morning (rowing and golf get in the way). I feel a little bad about it because you are so very tired on Friday night, after three days of preschool and daycare, and you find it hard to get fully involved, even though I know you really want to. But you do look forward to going each week, and since running races are your absolute favourite thing to do, you are still enjoying it even though you’re tired. We’ll keep going for as long as you’re having fun.

P.S. Taking photos of you is always a lot of fun. You are the biggest poser I know!

The not-so-good:

1. Thumb sucking is becoming a bit of a problem, as we always knew it would. It was so cute when you were little. It still is. But you are getting some not-so-cute dermatitis around your mouth, and on your thumb. And I’m pretty sure the orthodontic bill in ten years’ time will not be cute either. You really only suck when you are tired and snuggling in front of the TV for a rest. Also at night. We’ve made one half-hearted attempt to wrap bandaids around your thumb before bedtime but you took them off. We will have to get serious soon.

2. I think I’ve said it before, but when you are bored you go out of your way to irritate your sisters. You get more of a reaction from Molly, so you tend to target her. She screams in response and it’s very satisfying for you. I remember doing the same thing to my younger sister. It was a lot of fun. I’m not enjoying it now.

3. You are usually pretty great at playing nicely with your friends, but sometimes you tend to go overboard and have a lot of trouble calming down. It isn’t always your fault – some of your friends are just as boisterous as you, or more, so that makes it even harder to keep you guys contained. All normal stuff but it can be very annoying to have to constantly stop you and your friends from mauling each other. It’s exhausting.

Gosh, I think that’s the smallest ‘not favourite’ list I’ve ever written for you. You are maturing so much and are becoming an all-round pretty awesome little guy. Most of the time! Love you lots xxx

Your soccer trophy

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