Our sweet boy, Caleb, starts preschool

I can’t believe my baby is old enough to go to preschool!  Everyone tells you that the time flies, but you don’t believe them until you have your own child.  Caleb turned 3 in August and started preschool in September.  He is doing so well and learning a lot.  I can’t believe the things that come out of his mouth sometimes.  And, I love to watch him when he doesn’t know it to see how he figures things out.  Like the other day, he was taking a while to wash his hands in the bathroom, so I peeked around the corner to see what he was up to.  He had splashed water all over the mirror and countertop.  He got the towel and wiped up the countertop and part of the mirror, but he couldn’t reach one side of the mirror.  So, he paused for a minute, trying to figure out how he was going to clean the rest of it.  Then, he hopped off the toilet and moved his stool over so that it was in front of the countertop, but he still couldn’t reach the mirror with the towel.  So, he paused again for a moment, and then proceeded to throw the towel at the mirror multiple times to get the water off.  Then, he moved his stool back over to the toilet, put the towel away, and turned the light off.  I was amused and amazed at the solution he came up with to clean the mirror.  It’s funny things like that everyday that make life as a mom so much fun.
Back to preschool…it was hard at first to say goodbye and leave him two half-days a week, but it has also been a huge blessing.  I have lots of doctor appointments, so it’s been so convenient to schedule them while Caleb is at preschool.  He is learning so much and so quickly.  He’s such a bright kid….takes after his daddy!  He knows all of us alphabet and their sounds.  He can read quite a few words and anytime he sees letters, he tries to sound them out.  It’s so cute!  He’s in the "why phase".  I literally cannot say anything without him responding, "Why?"  Sometimes it’s exhausting as I run out of explanations, but I love his curiosity and desire to learn.  Don and I find ourselves saying to each other, "Caleb is such a good kid" on a daily basis.  He is so considerate and has the ability of being able to pick up on people’s emotions and thoughtfully respond.  When I’m tired, he asks me if I want to lay down.  When I’m stressed, he says he has a surprise for me and gives me one of his toys.  When Don comes home from work, Caleb says, "How was work, dad?"  Whenever he gets stickers from the store, he takes one, gives one to me, and then says he’s saving the rest for Dad/his cousins/his friends.  The other night, Don was laying with him, and Caleb kept asking him questions like, "Do you want the nightlight on or off?", "Which animal do you want to hold?", "Do you want the door open or closed?", "Are you comfortable?".  He’s always so concerned about other people.  It is a trait that I’m sure will get him far in life.  We feel so blessed to have such a wonderful son.
Caleb's First Day of PreschoolCaleb and his teacher, Miss DianeCaleb's New Tricycle


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