Soren is 3!

This little one is so adorable. He started to love playing pretend recently. He does an incredible gorilla, chest beating and walking on his knuckles. Here is a video where he pretends to be a flamingo.

Soren has a unique fashion sense. He loves his hand-me-down pink raincoat, sparkly red pants, pink helmet, Doc McStuffins sunglasses, and kitty shirt. Then he thinks outside the box like wearing a hat he found at Nini and Papa 2’s for dinners and naps; or a life jacket for playing on the porch.

We got a real bed with a trundle for Soren in early September. One night in his crib, he had asked me why his bed at a cage on it, so I started looking for a bed. At first he didn’t want it, but once we told him he could help us with the screwdriver to take the crib apart and with moving the pieces out, he was in. He has been sleeping in the bed since and had his first fall out of it after a month! The trundle rolls out and pops up so Sloane and Soren can have sleep overs in his room on weekends. It worked on the third attempt because Sloane rubbed his back and hummed to him.

For his birthday, we went to the zoo. They require reservations and masks. The experience with reservation was actually really nice because it meant less people and more consideration with moving to see the animals. The kids loved running around and see the animals. Nini and Papa 2 came along for the fun. We had a family dinner (because what else do you to celebrate during a pandemic on a rainy day with a 3 year old). Soren was most excited about his cupcakes. We asked if he wanted us to sing to him and he ask if he could sing too. Then we did the whole candle and singing with cupcakes again the next two nights! We gave him an umbrella, a magnifying glass, and a mirror- they were big hits!

He got a tee ball set from Nini and Papa2, an extension of his train set and velcro catch game from G and Pa, a cute stuffy from the Montana crew, and a bowling set from Cam, Jesse, and Lida. They are all big hits. He’s been loving the new physical games to play and he has been sleeping with his new stuffy.

Soren is crazy physically active. We finally decided we could play on play structures with extra hand sanitizing. He can climb to the top of the ladder that is higher than my head. I was spotting him and after he made it to the top, Sloane told me I did a good job, which was nice to hear.

In addition to running around like a crazy person and talking super loud, he is a cuddly sweetie. He insists on kissing us on both cheeks and being kissed on both his cheeks at bed time. Soren will throw in a nose kiss often too. He has a soft touch and will rub your shoulder if you seem sad or hurt. Then occasionally he bites his sister.

It was a year ago that he was diagnosed with TEC. He has been doing great since that resolved. He has been growing so much since then! He is now 37 inches and 34.25 lbs. And thriving even in the crazy mess of 2020.

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