I’m really not one to get sad about our kids getting older. When you see someone lose a child, even when you didn’t know them or their child, it really puts things into perspective (for me) and makes me so grateful that every day, every milestone and every birthday is a huge blessing. At the same time, I can’t believe this boy is now 5.
Our Ethan, our middle boy, turned 5 on October 16. He was very aware and very excited about turning 5. He told me long ago he wanted a Ninja Turtles party at the Three Hills pool so he could go swimming and on the water slide with his friends. Since this is our first year in real league hockey with his older brother, I didn’t take into account that his birthday weekend was the first weekend of hockey! With a last minute party date change, we headed to Three Hills to celebrate our favourite middle brother and we all had so much fun!
Anyway, here’s an update on the newest 5 year old in the family:
- 47 lbs and 46.5″ tall; he’s really stretching out!
- He’s going into Braden’s clothing as fast as Braden outgrows it. I don’t think it will be long before they can share clothes, at least their shirts
- Size 6 shirts, for the most part, still has some size 5 that he can wear
- Size 5 pants, but on the verge of outgrowing them any day
- Size 6 pajamas, for awhile now
- Size 11 or 12 shoes and he’s in Braden’s skates from last year, a size 10
- For the most part he eats really well; dinner, the odd time, he gets stubborn and just won’t eat.
- Has a yogurt drink every morning, still
- For breakfast he loves bagels, instant oatmeal or leftover pancakes/French toast/waffles if we have
- For lunch he likes peanut butter buns or peanut butter & honey sandwiches and loves to have hot dogs
- He loves strawberries and bananas and my canned peaches
- He was finally good at harvest this year about just sitting down and eating his suppers so he could go play after. Sometimes it was a fight to get him to come and eat, but then he’d eat just fine
- Popcorn is a very favourite treat and he knows how to pop his own in the microwave
- Bedtime is 7:00 on a school night and 7:30-8:00 on a non-school night
- He almost always sleeps until 6:30 and when he’s really tired he’ll sleep until 7:00 or so
- I’ve been surprised and have even had to wake him up one day to go to school!
- Long done naps unless we would like him to stay up late in the evening for something special
- Started kindergarten in September and has done SO WELL; I’m really proud of him, he’s definitely exceeded my expectations
- Started his first year of Tykes hockey this month and he’s skating really well and definitely grasps the idea of what he’s supposed to be doing on the ice
- He’s doing his 3rd year of CanSkate and he’s just flying out there. Jay wanted the boys to just do power skating, but Ethan will benefit more from another year of CanSkate, they learn way more skills than what power skating will offer (says a former figure skater and CanSkate coach!)
- He’s seen a chiropractor very regularly the last 4 weeks or so for his migraine headaches (more on that below) and he’s also getting referred to a pediatrician clinic and they have a peds neurologist on staff if he needs to be assessed so we can go the traditional medicine route too
- He’s had his orthodontist consult for his right side under bite, they said keep coming back every year to assess him and when he gets his 6-7 year molars they can put a device on to slowly start helping him
- He still sucks his thumb at bedtime and he’s intentionally gotten very good at not sucking his thumb anymore during the day
- Went to his first Calgary Flames game and lost interest when his popcorn ran out!
Of course we had to celebrate on his actual birthday. I got him an ice cream cake and he says orange is his new favourite colour, so it worked out great. We had Nelsons over for a waffle supper at Ethan’s request!
Ethan absolutely still loves to be outside playing with his diggers, especially with cousin Blake. He is a very good helper, especially outside, and just loves to be doing what Jay and I are doing and help out. He also loves riding his bike and jumping on the trampoline and took a keen interest in gardening with me this year. He got mad at me that we can’t plant more flowers right now and didn’t understand that it’s going to be getting too cold and that they’d die.
He loves Mighty Machines still and enjoys watching Blippi on YouTube Kids when I let him. He is still into PAW Patrol, but not as much, when we have it on for Jonathan. He likes watching Ninja Turtles and these weird shows Larva and Oscar’s Oasis on Netflix and he will watch the LEGO shows or Teen Titans with Braden too. He’s happy we have Disney Junior again (we cancel our satellite package when it’s not NHL season) and loves Mickey Mouse.
I think he’s going to be a great little hockey player. He’s got size on his side and he’s a very good skater for his age too. The Tykes team is looking pretty strong this year so I can’t wait to see these kids start playing some games! The schedule has been a bit hard for him to adjust to, so sometimes he puts up a stink about “not wanting to play hockey”, but once he’s out there he smiles from ear to ear.
We are also following up on his headaches with a referral to a pediatrician clinic where they have a neurologist on staff, if we need them. It’s honestly hard to gauge whether chiropractic will work to prevent his migraines, but I can see the physical changes in his body from the torticollis he had as a baby. When he lies down on his stomach, his right leg length was shorter than the right when we started his chiropractic treatments, now they are equal length. His right was pulled up because he had right-sided torticollis and our chiropractor says tort starts in the hips/pelvis. I’m pretty amazed that it has helped and we can actually see physical changes. Also, he LOVES her and going to his appointments.
We all love this middle brother so much. He’s patient and plays well with Jonathan and watches Thomas and PAW Patrol with him, and he’s also mature enough to play video games and make believe games with Braden. He is a goof, yet kind and caring and also has a sensitive and stubborn side. He’s doing better than I ever could have hoped for him in kindergarten and he makes me proud every day.