Damien Lately – 4 years 4 months

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Just hanging out on the roof of the playhouse…

Sizes: Damien is growing out of all his clothes! He’s still squeezing into 5Ts but the shirts and pants are getting short; really he should be wearing 4/5 or even 6 in boys. (WAHHHHH. So grown up. We bought him underwear in the ‘big kid’ section last week and I was TOTALLY LOST becaue I don’t know about kid sizes.)

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We found a park with a bunch of these wooden bridges. Damien liked them. πŸ™‚

Favorites & Interests: Damien likes to watch Paw Patrol and SuperWhy on TV. On tablets, Damien watches The Super Mario Bros. Super Show (yes, the one from the ’90s) and Larva (which he refers to as “the weird worm show” and is potentially the most annoying show ever, lol.) Damien found a toy banana and strawberry from his play kitchen that are approximately the same shape/color as the two main characters in Larva and acts out adventures with them. It’s a little weird but super cute. πŸ™‚

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He and BB-8 were playing dress-up together… BB-8 is wearing Dan’s sock and Rowen’s tshirt

Lately Damien has been very interested in bugs. He’s always on the lookout for a ‘Bug Friend’, which he’ll play with until he loses it (or in some rare cases, it dies… sorry bug friends. But usually Damien is really gentle with the buggies.)

 

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Ladybug Friend (and loooong eyelashes!)

Damien likes to play outside and when he plays at the playground (either the one in our apartment complex or a public playground) he almost always finds a friend to play with, which of course makes me a very happy mama. Lately Damien is trying to play more with Rowen, but it kind of backfires because he wants to play with Rowen like he’s a big boy and Rowen is still much smaller and more fragile, so Rowen ends up getting hurt. It will be a relief when the two of them are closer to the same size, or when Damien gets to interact more with kids his own age.

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Building ‘ancient Egypt’

Skills: Damien is learning to write letters (it’s a slow process, both because he’s not overly interested in it and because I don’t always have time to help him). He can climb everything and plays without fear at the playground. He’s learning how to make friends with strangers (a skill his parents haven’t figured out yet…) and rode a bike with training wheels at the store (but we don’t have anywhere to put a bike so we can’t get one for him yet.)

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Dan found this baby carrot with legs, so he drew a face on it for Damien…lol!

Quotes:

1/16: And now it’s time for the chubby Rowen babe!

1/17: (playing with SW toys) You know me; I’m a stormtrooper.

1/18: Mama, you’re so pretty, but why aren’t you wearing pants?

2/20: (while dumping water onto the ground) More puddles today, Ro-ro!

2/21:Β  Mama, Rowen’s arms are cute! He has cute little armies!

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Ice cream at Six Flags! Yum πŸ™‚

3/4: I’m glad I have a new bug friend, and I’m glad it can’t fly away! (His last bug friend was a ladybug; this one was a snail)

3/20: (watching Dora – they need to change a fire truck tire & are consulting Backpack) I think the fire truck would have a wrench or something. Because firetrucks are really strong!

(he found a ladybug at the park and was playing with it) “The ladybug went down the slide! … Ladybug, have you ever been to a ladybug picnic? … (How tall is Rowen?) How tall is the ladybug? … (after the ladybug flew away) I’ll just try to remember the pictures and find a new bug friend.”

4/7: (tattling) Dada, Rowen said ‘stupid penis’! (little boys are the best, lol)

4/12: I’m Super Damien! Rowen, you can call me Super Buba.

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Playing dress-up (as what, I don’t know!)

4/16: (about to watch The Force Awakens) I’m so excited! I’m starting to cry!

4/19: You’re going to find out if the baby is a boy, or an awesome girl! (Sorry Damien, it’s just a boy…haha)

4/26: Mama, cheese sticks and pretzels sure make a good snack!

4/28: We got the stuff for your mother’s day cake, Mama! And Dada says mothers like dumb cards. (this made me laugh for about five minutes straight)

5/2: (hands me the Batman tag off his new pajamas) You’re an hon… honory… You’re an honorary member of the Batman club!

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This is a text I got from Dan one day… I wonder if the two were connected? Haha

And some more pictures:

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Proof that Ripley is the most patient dog ever!

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Damien on Cobra, his favorite roller coaster at Six Flags

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Cheesing it up by a koi pond!

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