This summer when I did an update on Elise, Carter wanted to pose for pictures too. I took some adorable pictures of him and planned to use them for an update at 4.5 or 4.75, I forget which. I never ended up doing the update so I figured I'd go ahead and use the pictures for his 5 year old update. He has grown up since then and looks even older now than he did in the pictures. I've been amazed with how tall he's gotten recently. He's so long and lean. His legs are so thin and bony now. He's such a long way from that chubby little baby I remember so easily. At times I am blown away by how grown up he has become. Other times I look at him and force myself to remember how little he really is. He has such amazing emotional intelligence and does a great job empathizing with others that I have to remind myself he still is a little boy. For some reason 5 seems so old to me. I guess because 5 is how old he'll be when he starts kindergarten. I'm still a little in denial about him starting kindergarten in the fall. It's hard to imagine him being gone all day for 5 days of the week. I have been loving having him home all day, every day over Christmas break. I'm not quite ready to give my boy over to someone else for the majority of his day, but he is ready and thrives in a classroom setting. He really needs that interaction with kids his age.
Carter still takes a nap every once in a while but for the most part has dropped them. I'd say he takes a nap maybe once a week. Some weeks he doesn't take one. I do have him lay down and rest with me for a while. I read while he rests and sometimes he reads too. When he does nap it's usually just an hour. If he naps for longer he typically has a hard time falling asleep at bedtime. He now sleeps normally in his bed with his head at the headboard rather than sideways like he was for a long time. He still sleeps with Big Al and has added in his Zuma and Rubble Paw Patrol stuffed animals as favorites. He doesn't nap at school and usually either lays and rests or goes to the music room for special centers. He still loves school and gets so excited to go. He was ready for Christmas break though and even started asking me if I could pick him up early at lunchtime for a while because he was ready for a break. We made plans for me to pick him up early on his birthday but he ended up sick that day and didn't make it to school. I love the stories he tells me about school when I pick up. Sometimes he tells me about centers, other times it's music class, most of the time he tells me about games he played with his friends on the playground. I'm so glad he likes to tell me about his day and shares so much with me. Between his information and the class Facebook page where the teacher posts pictures, I feel like I have a good idea of what goes on in the classroom.