FOUR is Fantastic

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Dear Nicky,

You're four now. Four years ago I saw your tiny little face for the first time and my life changed forever. for the good. Sometimes for the bad too, but those are all reasons why I love you more and more everyday.

We took you to your wellness check yesterday and you are as healthy and perfect as can be. You are incredibly shy. I think its been a gradual thing, but to me it feels like all of a sudden - and its curious. It's not like you have been sheltered or not around other people and kids. Heck, Ive been leaving you alone with people since you were 6 weeks old.  When you warm up, you are so charming, so funny, and such a great little actor. I see a future in acting.  

At the wellness, they do the normal checks and are you current stats:
  • 44 pounds - 95th percentile! Again!
  • 43 inches tall  - 95th percentile - SO tall!!! Taller than a lot of the 5 and 6 year olds on the block.
  • Body Mass Index  - 85th percentile- apparently this is very good. ha.
 You are in a size 4T/5T and wear a size 12/13 shoe. You have really big feet for a 4 year old. :) You got your first pair of Toms for your birthday and they are so cute.

Four also marked something remarkable - the change in mood and attitude - its pretty drastic. You were always such a sweet kid before, but you just seem calmer, more mature, helpful, thoughtful, nice to your brothers. You want to get dressed by yourself, and you like to make your own decisions.

You love to play with Luke and you are so good with Brandon.  You have some really good friends now: Colin, Tate, Grey, Aiden, Haylee, Ella, Jack E,  and Jackson. You miss Kylee Jo and ask for her often.

Your three year old letter is almost so similar, except your infatuation with Dinosaurs has overcome most of your other interested, however you still play with your monster trucks, army men, and play guns. You love to play angry brids on the iPad and watch "dinosaur vs. Monster Truck" videos on YouTube. WE finally have retired the gloves!! YES!

You like to dance - when no one is watching, and love to do your "gymnastic moves".

You light up the room with your amazing smile and your goofy expressions. You light up my heart everytime you crawl into my lap and give me one of our special bunny kisses. 

Like i said last year I have spent 4 glorious years with you and I hope for 400 more. I love you, my Nickle Pickle. xoxoxo. I love you every day, every minute, every second. I love you to the moon and back.

 Below are posts from Years 2 and 3.

Dear Three Year Old Nicky

Monday, May 16, 2011
Dear Nicky,

After two, you only have a wellness check every year on your birthday. So after a year of speculation, I picked you up on your 3rd birthday and walked across the street to Hill Country Pediatrics to find out how big my baby is getting. You were adamant about "no Boo Boos" at the Dr. (shots) I agreed.

No Boo Boos on your 3rd Birthday, my little man!

After being, weighed, measured, and your first blood pressure test, we waited for the Dr. to give us the results and fill us in on how you are doing. The results were surprising! You had a huge growth spurt and is in the 95% for weight (39 lbs) AND height (39 inches). Your BMI is 16% - or just perfect. Crazy that they check that now!

You are in a size 3T/4T and wear a size 10 shoe. They predict you to be 6'1 based on their little prediction chart, which is great!

On a developmental side, you are really excelling. You can identify most letters and can spell your name - (N-O-C-K-Y - you  insits there is no "I" in Nicky). You can spell stop and dog and you are very sharp, speak your mind, and is a total cheeseball.

Your passions right now are your continued love for latex and vinyl gloves, motorcycles, watching motorcycles on youtube, monster trucks, army men, and anything to do with water: water guns, water balloons, and squirt bottles. You love to run in the sprinklers and hose and is wet every afternoon.

Daddy lets you watch Hot Wheels and Transformers, which you think is so cool. You still love Dino Dan, Curious George and Calliou. I still want to poke my eyes out. You still love to watch Baby Einstein with Brandon, Shawn the Sheep, Timmy Time, and now sit still long enough to watch some movies at home: Bambi, Tangled, How to train your Dragon, and Ice Age.  On June 24th, we are going to take you to your first movie: cars 2. I can't wait.

For the most part, you are potty trained and sometimes at night. You can hold it for 8 - 10 hours, but I think when you wear a diaper to bed, you think you can pee in it. We will be working on that in the next couple of months..

You love the iPad, and spends hours playing games on it. Its pretty amazing how quick you pick up on new technologies and can adapt to these things! You can browse on YouTube and choose new games to play.

You have such a big heart too  - you love to hold hands, snuggle, and you tell me all the time that I am your best friend. But then again, you also tell Grandma Booba that ...and Miss Tiffany, Ella, Haylee, and Kylee Jo.  Either way, when you say that and slip your little hand into mine, I know that this is all worth it.

I've spent three glorious years getting to know you and I hope that I have 300 more. I love you every day, every minute, every second. I love you to the moon and back.

2 Year Wellness Check - Nicholas Abeling

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Yesterday Nicholas had his 2 year check up and during the check up, we heard things like "persistent", "strong",  "demanding", and "gifted". We know most of this, but it was nice to get reassurance from the pediatrician and to realize we are not crazy, terrible parents, out of our minds, etc. We were also told to HOLD OFF the toddler bed due to his unpredictable sleeping habits*. 

(*meaning, he won't go to sleep without screaming bloody murder,  unless we lay on the floor until he falls asleep. Last night I actually climbed in his crib and sang the "B" song and the new "Chuga Chuga Choo" song. Once he is alseep, he sleeps. Phew.)

Here are his current stats:
  • 31 pounds! (OH MY *big* boy!) - 85th percentile
  • 36 inches tall (although I think she measured wrong, so I will recheck this, and confirm) - 60th percentile
  • Body Mass Index  (whaaaat?) - 85th percentile
They don't measure the head anymore, but he still has a tinier head than Brandon. Or Brandon has a big head.
He got one vaccine, which resulted in a low grade fever today and him being sent home. (Thank you to our wonderful babysitter Lori, who picked him up from school today while we are at work! xo)

Our Dr. defined gifted as being able to use 3-4 word sentences, understand context and respond, articulate clear words, say his ABC's, count to 20, identify colors, say Buon Giorno (jk, i added that), use the potty  and TELL us that he has to go. He made up his first story yesterday (more on that later), and his imagination has kicked in. He is a comedian. He learns and says new words every day. He is pretty athletic and his calfs are developing into true Abeling/Fleming calves. He can catch a ball *sometimes* and has a pretty good arm. He loves to run and kick a soccer ball and is still obsessed with anything with Wheels

He really is pretty smart, I'm not kidding. I don't know what this means yet - we will be talking to the Pediatrician about what to do in the future to help challenge our little man retain and grow his knowledge as he gets closer to school age.

Until then, Nicholas, Mommy and Daddy are SO sososososososo proud of you, no matter what you do - GOOD or BAD. You (and Brandon) are the reason I became a Mommy.

{Enjoy 24 months of Nicholas...}


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