Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Big Man

I'm very aware that there haven't been many posts about my main man, Mr. Caleb.  Just to update everyone, he is doing GREAT.  Being 5 suits him quite well.  He has really settled into a charming little boy (who has been here all along but was often overshadowed by all of the stressors that came with being 2, 3, and 4.)  He just loves school and the school loves him.  He excels in the classroom, has a great group of friends, and is having a blast.  He still is a guy's guy, loving sports and walking around thinking he's bigger and older than he is :)  What's new to the mix this year is his obsession with Star Wars and legos.  Both interests have grown immensely and he seems to spend his entire day combining his two new loves and coming up with new lego creations to go with the complex Star Wars storylines that even I don't quite comprehend.  Just when I begin to worry that he's headed down the road of flood-length pants and taped glasses, however, he switches gears and runs outside to play baseball or shoot some hoops. 
Very recently Caleb has reached two large milestones: reading (more) independently and riding his bike without training wheels! He actually started reading last fall (08) but didn't have the patience to sit and actually read the words when he was convinced the story he made up from the pictures made more sense :) But now he understands the "rules" of books and is enjoying the stories that his teacher sends home with him. In the same week he conquered the two wheeled bike. This was quite exciting for the whole family!

We took advantage of a warm-weather week and headed outside to see how it would go. It looked pretty unlikely up until the very moment it actually happened. It reminded me a lot of when babies begin to crawl. They try and try, rock and rock, face plant on occasion and then, suddenly, it's done. They can crawl. And once they crawl one rotation they just keep going and going. It's not like baby steps where they have to work up to walking longer distances. The same can be said for this bike-riding thing. I was in awe as to how he just wasn't catching on - too busy talking to concentrate. Then, literally half of a second after he was practically parallel to the concrete, Matt let go one last time and he just put it all together. And that's that. The girls were so excited for him and ran to congratulate him. I was filled with pride and sadness, realizing that this was just one more step towards him getting to be a "big" boy. It was amazing seeing the pride on his face and hearing the excitement in his voice as he rode past me shouting, "Are you taking a picture?!?!" ... just before he crashed into the neighbor's mailbox :)

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