December 21, 2013 at 8:47 pm , by Nick Shell
3 years, 1 months.
I’m officially aware now that if Mommy or I add the phrase “big boy” in front of just about anything, you’ll be interested in it. It’s similar to the way I’ve distanced myself from using the word “toddler” to reference you anymore, especially since you turned 3 last month.
In other words, you are doing away with all that baby stuff, because this is like your bar mitzvah of Big Boyhood.
For example, I’ve noticed that in recent photo collages I’ve been making, I typically include a shot of the men’s restroom sign, to signify that you went potty there… and didn’t get your “big boy underwear” wet.
It’s like my way of documenting The Great Potty Tour of 2013/2014.
I was thinking about this the whole time you were at the dentist, when I took you earlier this week. I was so impressed by the way you just went with the flow, despite it being potentially intimidating to a 3 year-old.
Granted, the huge fish tank, the multiple horsie rides, and the arcade room surely helped distract you in a good way.
It was very rewarding for me as a parent to sit back and watch you at the dentist, seeing that you clearly wanted to show me how brave you are.
When I was your age, I was more afraid of new things. But you, you’re different.
You have a level of self-confidence I don’t remember having until after I survived 6th grade. In other words, I was probably about 13 before I had the chutzpah you already have.
So basically, you’re ahead of me by about 10 years.
Ideally, in theory, you could be where I am now, maturity-wise, by the time you’re 22; I’m 32 now.
That’s my goal for you, in a way. I’m doing my best to raise you to have more maturity, life skills, knowledge, charisma, and humility than I had at whatever age you are now.
So far, it’s working…