Thursday, August 16, 2012

Alexander age 4

Ht: 3' 1.5"
Wt: 29.25lbs

Alexander's Favorite Movies/Shows:
  • Kung Fu Panda!
  • Ratatouille 
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Dumbo - (Specifically the "Pink Elephants" part. You know, the part where Dumbo and the mouse get drunk and start trippin out? Yeah, that part.)
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales
  • Abby's Flying Fairy School from Sesame Street
  • Dinosaur Train
  • Anything animated of course!
Alexander's Favorite Activities/Quirks:
  • Climbing
  • Jumping (on trampolines, couches, beds, floors, people, etc.)
  • Swings
  • Trains
  • Dinosaurs
  • Snuggling! - This leads to an explanation of one of our nicknames for Alexander. We call him "Wedge" or "The Wedge" because he has the uncanny ability of sensing when Mom and Dad might be hugging or cuddling and he will seek us out and squirm his way between us. He just loves snuggling! He will also climb on a person's lap and physically lift his/her arms and wrap them around himself to make himself snug and secure. It's one of the sweetest things ever.
  • Sticking his fingers in the vacuum hose (that's where Jacob learned it)

(We always have a really hard time getting cute things on video because whenever Alexander sees the camera come out, all he wants to do is hold it himself, which we don't allow. So he gets kind of bummed and his energy is somewhat lower than usual at the start of these videos. He really does love this stuff though!)
  • Water! (baths, his water table, using the sprayer on the hose, dropping things in the toilet during potty training!)
  • "Feet" - This is what we call/say to him when we want him to lay down and put his feet up to get clothes or shoes on. This is one of a handful of directions he follows consistently.
  • Kisses - Alexander will give people kisses if they ask him and then pucker up. Mommy spends half her days asking "can I have kisses?" :-)
  • Both boys really like to mimic certain scenes during their favorite movies. Neither one says real English words yet but it's really cute to watch them jumping around shouting with all the proper inflections. :-)
(I'm fully aware that I look like a total dork in this video. That's because I am one. My boys think I'm awesome. The end.)

School and Therapies:
  • Alexander is going back to preschool this school year! 5 days a week from 8:30 to noon. He's going to have the same teacher and parapro that he had last year. He'll also have speech therapy at school throughout the week just like before but the SLPs switched schools. His IEP has lots of good goals for him to work on this year!
  • Occupational Therapy - 45mins twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Speech Therapy - 30 mins twice every two weeks, every other Monday and Wednesday
  • Feeding Therapy - 30 mins twice every two weeks, alternates every other Monday and Wednesday with Speech Therapy
  • ABA/VB (Behavior) Therapy - This is actually a course Mommy is taking once a week for two hours on Thursdays. The therapist/instructor comes to our house, trains Mommy, plays with Alexander (and Jacob) and helps set up specialized home therapy plans. 
Oh, sweet boy, we love you so!


  1. I want to add to his favorite activities/jumping that he enjoys jumping on people too :)
    Thanks for the cute update!