"I FEE!"

{Translation: "Milo is THREE!"} 

Last week, Milo said goodbye to two and welcomed in the era of three. (Although, contrary to the title of this post, he will still tell you he's "TWO!" when asked.) I know this is the age of the "threenager"... but man, the twos are an age I'm more than happy to bid adieu to! To say it was a challenging year would be an understatement. Granted, a lot of that had to do with transition as well as toddlerdom... but... UGH. 

Moving on.

He's THREE!! Hooray!! We're hoping this year brings a little more silly and a little less stubborn—uh, strong-willed tendencies I mean—and lots and lots of joy! While he's a little behind in certain milestones such as counting and color recognition... he illustrates daily that he has plenty of brains in that head to catch up when he's ready. :) His language has exploded recently (read: he talks all.day.long.) and he's very, very cognizant of the world around him. He'll grasp a new schedule or process almost instantly. And we must stick with it... you don't even want to know what happens if we leave without my travel coffee mug or if I store my phone in a new place! New words and objects are retained/memorized quickly. For example, he saw a pinecone in a book a couple of months ago. Two weeks ago we saw some on a walk. He pointed to them immediately and said "Pine tone!" He's a very happy kid... when he wants to be... when he's not too focused on being in control. We hope that as he gets more and more comfortable with his new "norm" that he lets go of some of the control and gives in to the happier parts of life more. Because really... who wants to spend their day screaming and stomping their feet?! (And who wants to spend all day dealing with that?! NOT. ME.) He's also very charming... and knows it! And more importantly, knows how to use it! He'll be throwing a complete fit in the store... until someone comes around the corner. Then the switch flips and he either pleads his pitiful case to them... or smiles and says "hhhiiii!!! how you?!" Oh, he's so going to be trouble when he's older... 

Last year, he was so freshly home and we were in such a tough spot with him... that his birthday was not a great celebration. This year, it was so, so much happier. It's fun to watch him enjoy his big day that included all his favorite things! While there were still several tantrums and meltdowns... there were also lots of smiles and giggles. 

Note: I tried to make this as "rainbows and unicorns" as I could while still being true to the fact that—realistically—it's not all rainbows and unicorns here. Not even on birthdays. It's ok. One year it will be and it will be even more special then.

As many of you know... we conduct yearly interviews with Spencer on his birthday. To continue the tradition, we decided to start with Milo this year. It's interesting how dead-on most of his answers were! Without further ado...

1. What is your favorite color? Or-an! [Orange]

2. What is your favorite toy? Ye-Go! [Legos] Dog go Poopy! [Doggie Doo, the game]

3. What is your favorite fruit? Berry in-ger! [Berry Fingers, otherwise known as raspberries. He calls them that because he puts them on his fingers and eats them.]

4. What is your favorite tv show? Tommy! [Thomas & Friends. Much to Mama's dismay.]

5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Pah-tah!!! [pasta]

6. What is your favorite outfit? Tommy! [He has a Thomas shirt he loves.]

7. What is your favorite game? {no answer... but he does like the "bount bount out" otherwise called a bouncy house.}

8. What is your favorite snack? Brut Nak! [Fruit Snacks]

9. What is your favorite animal? PUPPY!! 

10. What is your favorite song? Shut.Up.Dance...  Up.Down.Funk!  {"Shut Up and Dance" and "Uptown Funk"]

11. What is your favorite book? Hink I Can! [Think I Can... aka, "The Little Engine That Could."]

12. Who is your best friend? Brubby! Pen-sah! [Brother. Spencer!]

13. What is your favorite cereal? Chex.

14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Bike Wide! [Bike Ride!]

15. What is your favorite drink? Appah Joot! [Apple Juice!]

16. What is your favorite holiday? Bir-day! [Birthday!]

17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? [makes snoring noise]

18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Choc-yet bah! [Chocolate Bar! Which is really a granola bar with chocolate chips.]

19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Pitzah! [Pizza]

20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Gummy Bear! 

When Spencer turned three, I hadn't yet started the birthday interviews. Instead, I had three lists of twelve things to commemorate his 36th month. (Get it!? 3x12 = 36) I thought it would be fun to do a series of lists of "things" for Milo too. But he's getting six lists of six things instead. 

Six Potential Career Paths:
Linebacker for the NFL
A boss. (Of anything... so long as he's in charge. He likes to be the BOSS.)
Competitive Eater
Soldier (is that even possible for him?) 

Six Words that Best Describe Milo:
Charming (when he wants to be...)
Clumsy (sad, but true... he does fall down when sitting after all)


Six Things You Might Hear Milo Say:
"HIM!" (Meaning, himself.)
"No Seepy!" ["No sleeping!"]
"Brubby!! Wheh you?!?!" ["Brother! Where are you?!"]

Six Firsts This Year:
First Christmas
First ride on the "zoo choo choo"
First "real" train ride (on the Polar Express)
First road trip (to PA)
First Brown U. KAMP [Korean American Mentoring Program] participation
First meetings with MANY relatives 

Six Things He Asks For (Aside from food.):
"Daddy?" [Followed by "Daddy Workin'?"]
"Shut. Up. Dance." [As in the song... the moment we get in the car.]
"Mittay-Mout? Tommy?" ["Mickey Mouse? Thomas the Train?"]
"Baby Comin' Pay?" ["Baby [cousin] coming over to play?"]
"Nak?" ["Snack?" ... I know, I know... it's food. But it's asked for. A lot.]

Six Favorite Things (Again, aside from food.):
Music (especially pop songs...)
Choo-choos & Trucks
TV (even commercials)
"Cha-chee" ["Chelsey" ... his babysitter... she's WAY more fun than me.]


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