At 3 years old, James is no longer tiny yet not really big either. He seems to have an assertive personality and fierce temper. My Mom said he knows he is the youngest, most tolerated member of the family and is using that ‘power’ status to his best advantage. She has got a point. At home we nickname James “dragon,” “dictator,” “little Adolf,” “kaiser,” you name it. He breaths fire and wishes to control the movements of Mommy, Daddy and Jacobi. “Jacobi” is how he calls Jacob. He is self-directed and takes no prisoner. We constantly have to remind James that “You are not the boss!” He frequently says, “Mommy, go back here!”; “Put it over there!”; and of course “No!”
I have realized that I am making him look so bad. Well, everything has two sides to it. He can be very charming, cuddly, and entertaining when he wants to. When he sits among us on the couch to watch the show Doc Martin with us, both Daddy and Mommy have the impulse to scoop him up and cover his face with lots of kisses. We are always impressed that he can share our family’s enjoyment in such a grown-up show as Doc Martin. Actually both Jacob and James enjoy watching grown-up shows with their parents. Shows such as Keeping up Appearances, Are You Being Served, Golden Girls, Parks and Recreation, Doc Martin, and Midsomer Murders.
James is quite physically active. He loves being outside at the swing and slide set in our backyard, even when it is hot out. Jacob generally avoids heat and exposure to the sun. James loves it! He loves helping out with yard work and taking walks around the neighborhood. He is very at ease outdoors. We are lucky in that way as we are an outdoorsy family when we are not reading our library books or watching one of our favorite shows (also borrowed from the library).
James also loves kid shows such as Smurfs, Winnie the Pooh, Bob the Builder, the Wiggles, Wind in the Willows, Curious George, and Thomas and Friends. For a while he really enjoyed the Wizard of Oz movie. He enjoys playing with trains immensely and knows many character names in Thomas and Friends shows. For his birthday, Auntie Karen gave him a railway set with Thomas. Daddy bought him a DVD called “Best of James” accompanied by a freight train called Frankie. His grandparents bought him a talking Percy from Walmart when they were here. All those gifts made James very happy! He recently discovered action figures when Mommy bought Jacob and James Iron Man and Captain America for Jacob’s Fall break. He enjoys flying them and making them fight each other.
Our James these days are more confident about talking. And under the tutelage of his big bro Jacob, he has developed a potty mouth. Jacob and James love to mouth off about body parts and crack up with one another. His vocabulary has increased a great deal and Mommy is trying to help him in the talking capacity by reading to him. James has entered into a reading challenge at our local library called “A Thousand Books before Kindergarten.” We hope to get there.
At home, James loves to fight and wrestle with Jacob. They like taking bubble bath together. They were such a noisy duo during Jacob’s Fall break. They also play Lego and Star War games with each other. James likes Jacob. He likes snuggling in under Jacob’s cover next to his brother when Daddy tucks Jacob in at night.