As I reflect on our newly minted five year old, the first word that comes to me is kind. Thru and thru, Palmer has developed into such a nice little boy. Yes, he is funny and adventurous and silly and independent, but I keep coming back to his kindness.
Every day, I see the never-ending love he pours out to his little sister. Thankfully, she is reciprocating her love back now (she was a little feisty towards him for a good chunk of time) and their relationship is growing so much.
Palmer is a self-motivator and self-starter. The other day, I asked him to help me with laundry by moving the wet clothes from the washer to the dryer. I didn't think thru the fact that he can't reach the washer. I came into the garage to find him hoisted on top of a bike trailer to reach his efforts. The clothes had nearly all been moved. I love a problem solver and this little guy routinely tackles his own issues. I also am entertained by his fashion sense when I send Palmer upstairs to get dressed on his own...
Height: 44 inches, 66th percentile
Weight: 47 pounds, 82nd percentile
Loose Teeth: None
Legos: The love for Legos in my home has exploded over the past year. My dislike for the tiny pieces all over the place has also multiplied. However, I love the creativity that stems from the little bricks which are able to endlessly entertain during early mornings and "nap time".
Adventure: Palmer is always up for the next great stunt. Whether it be flying down a mountain on skis, getting pulled on a tube behind a boat, finding the highest roller coaster, or trying a new trick on his bicycle, Palmer always want to push the limits. I fear our future ER visits and being the mom of a 16-yr-old version of Palmer, but I am also proud of his fearless efforts.
Bike Riding: The love affair with wheels continues and bicycles and scooters are still a beloved pastime over here. We are at the point where a family bike ride is a fairly easy event (thanks to Grace's bike trailer) and it's been fun to load up the entire crew for a neighborhood cruise. Palmer is always interested in teaching any friends with training wheels how to ride using just two wheels. I've been told by more than one parent that their child has moved off of training wheels after spending playtime with Palmer.
(Grace, don't get any ideas...)
I'll part with a four year old exit interview...
Palmer, you are going to be five tomorrow. I'm a little sad about that. Are you sad? No way. Not at all.
What's something you can do when you are five that you can't do when you are four? Go on bigger rides at Six Flags.
What is your favorite holiday? My birthday because I get to have chocolate cake.What do you like to do with your sister? I like to tackle her because she laughs.
What do you like to do with your mom? Go to Six Flags.
What do you like to do with your daddy? Go to the golf course. It's just so fun. My ball doesn't go very far, but when I'm five I think I will do better.
What do you like to do with Boston? I really like to take him for a walk.
What is your favorite color? Green.
What is your favorite toy? I just don't know. There are so many cool toys I love. I just don't know. I like to play with Grace and Quinn. Well, Quinn didn't want to play Ninja Turtles with me today. Maybe tomorrow.
What is your favorite food? Ice cream.
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cereal with daddy or donuts.
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
What is your favorite animal? Cheetahs because they run really fast.
What do you want to be when you grow up? A boat driver. And my ship would go all the way to Mackinac Island.
How many kids will you have when you grow up? Ninety hundred.
Will you have a wife? Yes
You think you are going to find a wife who wants ninety hundred kids? Sure. Do you want ninety hundred kids?
No. Okay, maybe just two kids.