And then he was 3.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Just like last year, we started the day off with a number pancake! This time, Daddy took on the job and did great.

Following breakfast, we head out for a chilly walk/birthday pictures and picked up a hot chocolate for Isaac.
Birthday boy gets Caribou hot chocolate!

As it turned out, Ezra slept in the Jeep and Isaac and I just ventured 50ft away to snap some quick photos.

I love these photos so, so, so much. I just wish it weren't as chilly as it ended up, because I only took a handful of images.

These just capture our little man perfectly, with his cheese ball grin.

And need to be doing something, anything!

We quickly went back to the Jeep, where Ezra continued to soundly sleep and warm up a little bit, while we drank our Caribou.

As it turned out, Isaac didn't even want to go for a walk, so we got strapped back in and headed out of the parking lot to return home. I asked Isaac if he had fun, even though we just had a Caribou date and took some pictures and my heart swelled just a bit, as he said "I did, mama! We should do that again." And we will buddy. We will.

When we got home, I let the birthday boy decide what he wanted to do, which meant it was John Deere gator time!

This kid is such a riot.

In between looping through the yard, which includes driving over piles of dirt to "off road" and stopping at a lower hanging tree to attempt to climb it, he stopped off at his new swingset, which was still in need of some finishing touches.

Do you think he was a little excited?

A new pitstop developed as well, as he without any provoking from me, literally jumped from his John Deere.

To give his little brother a hug.

Are you kidding me? This is when I should divulge that Wednesday night, just 18 hours before, had been an absolute trainwreck. I was at my literal wits end with Isaac and so frustrated by his actions . . . and then, this.
Pure sweetness, fun and joy!

For real, who is this child? Love him to bits.

Around lunch time we brought some treats over to my Mom's, so Isaac could see some of his daycare friends. He started to fall apart a little after his cookie, and my Mom and I are starting to wonder if we shouldn't track his reaction to artificial dyes. Sugar cause a regular sugar rush with him, but we've seen a couple instances lately that push him to out of control that could use more analysis. After lunch, Isaac took his afternoon nap and woke up perfectly in time for his 3 year checkup.

Our little man's stats at exactly 3 years, can't say that's happened before, were 34lbs and 36 1/4" for a 76% for height and 86% for weight.

After the doctor appointment, I came home and ran a quick 3 mile makeup run with Ezra in the stroller, while Tony and Isaac continued to work on the swingset.
My running body for 3 miles tonight, made up for yesterday's skipped run and have 5 to do tomorrow night."Best birthday present ever!"

We then went out to eat, where Isaac proceeded to tell everyone that it was his birthday and that he was 3 years old. Additionally, I'm, admittedly, way too proud of how quickly he picked up on showing three fingers.
His favorite thing to do today. #fingerandthumb

When we got home it was time for cake! Gone are the days of not knowing how to blow the candles out . . . IsaacBirthday049

Isaac just went for it!

You could say he was a fan.

And to round out the day, Isaac had a bit of fun with Tony.

You could say it was a great birthday. Isaac hilariously told Tony and I happy birthday every time we told him, and even the doctor, like it was a holiday greeting! The only snafu that we had was that Isaac had a really hard time getting on board with the fact that his birthday party is on Sunday and not the day of his birthday. Makes me wonder how to lessen that angst next year. 

Isaac, we can't wait to explore with you! We pray for your growth, health and creativity this year. We adore you, so much!


Bethany said...

The picture of him waving on his tractor is way too good!!! Pure joy! What a fun day to celebrate your little man!

Molly said...

He is so completely adorable! Love him. He's sure to be a fun 3-year-old, for sure.

Jenifer said...

Oh Leah. These photos are simply beautiful. He has such a personality. Happy Birthday to Isaac.

Meredith said...

He is just so full of life :) I love it!

PS- I'm super interested to hear your further observations about Isaac and artificial coloring!

The Edberg's said...

That looks like a great day! Happy birthday!

Anonymous said...

He's absolutely adorable!!!

Have you mentioned anything to his doctor about the artificial coloring/dyes? What kind of reaction does he have? Definitely something to keep an eye on :)

Cropped Stories said...

Sweet post! You always capture great pictures of your children! I love them. He looks like he had a great day!

Anonymous said...

What a great day! And these pictures are amazing. LOVE the pics of him jumping.

I'm really careful about artificial dyes because I think reactions are actually pretty common. I'll be interested to hear if you find a link with Isaac.

And reading other kids' stats always throws me. I'm bad at assuming every kid is the same size as my Isaac (or bigger if they are older) but isaac's 2 year stats were the same as your isaac's 3 year stats. That is so strange to me! He looks so BIG in all your photos. I can't believe he's the same size as my mister!

Anonymous said...

Precious. What fun Birthday memories you're creating for him. Such a doll.

Blue-Eyed Bride said...

I love this post! What a great day! I can't believe it has been 3 years. Where does the time go? And doesn't Ezra seem so much younger and smaller than Isaac did at that age? (at least that's how it seems to me)

Sounds like you all had a great day of celebrating!

Erin said...

What a wonderful day! And such an adorable little man you have. Happy birthday again, sweet Isaac!

Leslie G said...

I've become very observant about food dyes lately. I started reading a food blog that is completely free of processed foods. While we do still eat some processed foods, it has completely changed the way I look at food and ingredients, and I really make a conscious effort to eliminate food dyes where I can. Did you know that a lot of toothpaste has food dye in it? Ridiculous!

AJ said...

I'm so glad he had such a great birthday :) I'm sure he'll forgive you for waiting until Sunday to have his birthday.

I think Colin and Isaac have the exact same weight and height. How cool is that?

DianeTaylor said...

What amazing pics, and an even more amazing birthday documented perfectly. Love the number pancake!

Julia Goolia said...

happy belated birthday, I-man! Looking forward to hearing about the party.

Julie S. said...

I am behind on reading blogs- I can't BELIVE he is 3! I remember your post when he was BORN. What beautiful photos!


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