Really, this is not an abandoned blog.  It’s just a neglected blog.  Or the blog of a super busy student-mother-wife.

But now it’s time to take a few minutes from studying to once again acknowledge how far Peter has come and how much fun it is to be THREE years old.

I don’t know how much Peter weighs (are we the only household that doesn’t own a scale?), but my tape measure indicates that he measures a whopping 36 inches tall.  He’s still not tall for his age, but at least he is catching up to the his peers who were half a foot taller than him last summer.

More remarkably, my prediction from New Year’s is already coming true: Peter is starting to READ.  I don’t see him sounding out words, but he has the spelling of a few words memorized, and he has at least a few dozen sight words.  He makes this whole learning-to-read thing look easy.

On the other hand, Peter still has ZERO interest in potty training.  So don’t assume that he’s all that precocious.  And to be honest, more endearing than his constant reminders that, “C-A-T spells cat!” and, “E is for excavator!” is his colorful imagination, which has really blossomed over the last 6 months.  Peter spends a good chunk of each day pretending to be an excavator, and he frequently asks me to be either a dump truck or a fork lift (fitting, right?).  It’s so much fun to see what’s going on in his mind acted out in real life.

He’s still playing with the Thomas and Friends train set that we got him for his birthday last year, but his first love these days is construction vehicles.  He was SO happy when his day care provider gave him a toy Caterpillar excavator on Friday; it was like a match made in heaven.  “I LOVE IT!” was his initial reaction.

We visited Southwick’s Zoo for his birthday yesterday.  Having woken up at 5:30 a.m., he fell asleep in the car and napped through the first hour or so that we were at the zoo, but that was probably a good thing because it meant that Son and I had an hour to see the animals that WE wanted to see before Peter started dictating how we spent our time.

It was a long week for me, filled with the stress of two exams, the disappointment of having both our cars break, the distraction of organizing two events for our Rho Chi chapter at school,  the tediousness of completing prerequisites for my rotations at Batstate, and the excitement of shadowing Dr. Fong in the UMass neuro-trauma ICU.  Perhaps I’ll post my reflection from the shadowing experience later.  For now, let’s see some photos from yesterday and from Peter’s birthday photo shoot last weekend.

It was the first (and probably the last) year that he ate his birthday cupcake with a fork:



IMG_1910Note the lovely cork floor.  It is the reason (or at least a good part of the reason) that I did not post anything during the 1-week break between my spring and summer semesters.IMG_1906His favorite excavator:IMG_1911

My favorite animals at the zoo:


IMG_1918Peter’s favorite exhibit at the zoo:



At the “big castle” (more commonly referred to the Old Stone Church):    IMG_9879 IMG_9700 IMG_9828

Just for personal indulgence, here’s a list of sight words that I know Peter can read: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, brown, black, gray, white, dog, cat, duck, cow, heart, star, circle, a, I, it, in, and, you, up, down, go, not, big, me, make, can, dump, truck, car, train, bus, excavator… hmm… I’ll think of more later.

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