Jace at 5

June 29, 2012 6:50 pm
Posted by: heather

At 5 years of age, Jace is 44 1/2″ tall and 46lb. This puts him at at the 80% for height and weight which is actually a drop from before when he was around the 90th% for both. He is very active which probably accounts for the weight change as he eats plenty, just burns it off with his constant energy. At this age they don’t grow quite as much and it tends to come in spurts. I suspect Jace will have another growth spurt later this summer and grown out of yet more clothes before I know it. He has been in 5T clothes since last winter so we are now headed into the big boy’s clothing section!

He is still a very good eater. The kid regularly eats salad for lunch or dinner and will eat all vegetables except mushrooms, butternut squash and potatoes (well, he makes an exception for them when they are in fried form!). He loves sushi, seaweed salad and peanut butter and jelly (just in case you thought he wasn’t a real kid). We just had him retested for his walnut and pecan allergy and the test came back negative! That means I get to make zucchini bread with walnuts and see how he does. Hopefully there will be no reaction and we can gradually move onto raw nuts and send an allergy free kid to kindergarten.

Activity wise, Jace loves to run around. He is learning to ride a bike without training wheels although he is rather tentative and scared of trying even with daddy holding on tightly to the back. In fact, that rather describes his attitude towards most new things lately. He is rather apprehensive and scared. He has been taking swimming lessons for almost a year now and, while he is totally comfortable in the water after all our years of playing around at family swim, he is afraid to jump of the edge into the pool or put his face in the water. We are actually going to switch to a different YMCA for lessons in the hope that they will push him more at the Peabody Y since the Melrose lessons are all taught by high school students who are nice and encouraging but don’t give that extra push that Jace needs to confront his fears. He will also be doing soccer in the fall which should be lots of fun.

Jace has always had an excellent vocabulary for his age and that continues. Story time is his favorite and we have moved into reading chapter books at bedtime. We have read the Ralph the Mouse series by Beverly Cleary, several by Roald Dahl and are now onto Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Jace can actually read too but he is resistant to trying when asked. He will happily read random words all over the place on his own though. He managed to read all of Grandma’s postcard with the exception of two longer words. He can also write all his letters and numbers although, again he is resistant to doing it for us.

I guess that is his general attitude lately, resistant. He is generally a good kid but he has doesn’t like doing things that aren’t his idea and will mess around and act like a fool rather than just getting the task done. Drives me totally crazy. He is totally sweet to his brother though and will bring him toys, sing sill songs and dance to keep him entertained. He also loves to give him kisses and is very gentle with him. I don’t worry at all about leaving them alone in a room together if I need to go do something quickly. He also has the typical 5 year old habit of not listening to anything I say directly to him but will eavesdrop on any conversation that doesn’t involve him and interject with his comments.

I can’t believe he is starting kindergarten in a few short months!

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