Our wonderful Logan boy is almost four and a half. In some ways, I can't believe that time has gone so fast. In others, I have always felt that he is much older than his years, and in many ways his little body is just catching up with where he has been all along.
I have learned so much about men after having a little boy. Boys are boys, right from the beginning, and Logan is no exception. He is wiggly and wild, likes to climb and is constantly in motion.
He is strong and brave, loves his sisters and is so tender and sweet with them, but also has that boy energy that needs to come out; that big man's desire for respect tied up in a little body. He loves cars and tractors and anything with wheels, Star Wars, superheroes and things that fight. The girls' baby dolls hold no interest from him (though they did once) and doesn't want to play kitchen with his sisters (though he can be persuaded like a good brother).
Yep, we're raising a future man.
When he was 18 months old, he zigged when he should have zagged in the bathtub, and ended up breaking part of his front tooth against the faucet. In July, we finally had to have the tooth extracted. Logan was a champ - seriously, like the bravest kid ever. No tears, no fear, nothing - about the whole process, and now his cute little smile includes a gap that will be with him for the next several years until his adult tooth takes its place.
He started preschool this year. Really, his second round of preschool. We did a very light schedule when he was three because he so badly wanted to "do school" like a big kid. He excels in school, and is doing amazing things.
At four, he does all the CC memory work with us (math, geography, English grammar, Latin, history, science, and timeline). His memory is amazing. When I started Leah, she was four and a half, and I skipped two subjects her first year because I didn't want to overwhelm her. Logan has done all seven subjects with flying colors, and knows solidly half of them at 100%. It's impressive.
I also started him on some serious kindergarten math, and slowly, a few sight words. Because, holy moly, he's ready for it. I will never take for granted the privilege of being here to witness the educational journeys of my children in the special ways I am privy to!
I adore his personality. Like his big sister, he loves adults and will often prefer to "buddy up" to them instead of kids his own age. I routinely get awesome reports from his teachers at church that he is helpful and kind, wanting to make sure that every kid has something to play with or enough snack. He likes to help pass out materials if they are doing a project. He loves to help at home, and virtually without complaint will help with anything from making my coffee in the morning, to washing windows, preparing dinner or helping with laundry. He makes his own bed every morning and is responsible about taking care of clothes and toys.
He loves taking care of his sister, and they are so sweet to watch together. Although often she takes advantage of him and tries to take his stuff. And every now and again, he likes to pull rank and boss her around, none of which goes over very well. Kids.
The reality is, we don't have much bickering in our house. We have kids. We have a family, made up of different personalities, wants and needs, and we are all constantly together. But the amazing thing is that they so genuinely enjoy one another's company that the overwhelming majority of the time, they all figure it out pretty seamlessly. It is both humbling and impressive to watch.
Well...Much of the time, anyway. Considering we're all just a bunch of stubbornly sinful humans in need of lots of grace!
He is so, so, so beyond excited about having a brother. He does awesome with the girls, and truly is one of the most gentle and considerate brothers I've seen. But... that boy-ness. It begs for a companion! He loves having Jake around, but it will be awesome for him to have a brother close in age to rough house and climb and spend his childhood with. I was pretty neutral on the gender front, but for little Logan's sake there was just a tiny piece of me that was hoping for a boy to even out our household.
It has been a pretty fun journey with this sweet little guy.
It's a noisy, fast-paced journey that is continually in motion.
And we're loving being a part of it.