Our Johnny boy turns 3. He continues to be our sweet, rough and tough little man. His tender heart comes out just as much as his desire to roar, tackle, and prove his masculinity. This is constantly shown with one of his main characteristics; protecting his older sister. On a daily basis, Johnny will explain to Charlotte how he will punch monsters or bad strangers in order to save her. He will also defend her wrong doings to us at any point, even if that involved a wrong directed at him. In all cases, he will take her side. He will put his arm around her if anything is scary or if she gets hurt. We can all rest a little easier at night knowing Johnny will protect Charlotte for the rest of his life.
Johnny is also still extremely affectionate to his mama and wants to protect me as well. I like to say he’s a mama’s boy or maybe I just enjoy how much he wants me around or needs my help in order to be close or get a hug. He tells me I’m beautiful and how happy he is to see me and loves to hold hands. He will tenderly kiss my head just because. My heart melts multiple times a day with this sweet little man.
We also get a dose of Johnny’s tough side regularly as he turns into a tiger everyday. Roaring is a way he likes to introduce himself while showing his sharp claws. He loves to run full speed at me or John and tackle us to the ground. His favorite game to play is “pinned ya” which is basically rolling around on the ground until he is on top and has successfully “pinned ya” (from a scene in Lion King). He has brought a roughness to our family which we embrace and has taught Charlotte a few new ways to be tough, get muddy, or take a punch 😉
Another striking characteristic of Johnny’s is his ability to be downright stubborn. If his mind is made up, there is no changing it. He cannot be talked into something or talked out of something; it simply has to be Johnny’s idea. I have slowly learned how to walk away and know there is no winning this situation. Mostly, I admire this strength and fortitude but it has stretched my parenting skills in a whole new way. At one point I thought he was going to be the mild one, but this is proving not to be true. Johnny and Charlotte together are a force to be reckoned with.
Johnny has had a few phases this past year I never want to forget:
First and foremost is his love for Nala, a white tiger stuffed animal named after Simba’s girlfriend in Lion King. He claims to be her dad and takes very good care of her. He takes her everywhere and often wraps her in a blanket to hold her. It is beyond precious and warms my heart knowing whoever is in his life will be very lucky.
Second, his obsession with flashlights. My goodness this boy loves a flashlight dark. He has about five scattered throughout the house and is constantly asking “have you seen my black flashlight”. He likes to pretend to go on a work trip and take the flashlight into a dark closet to hang out. He even had one by his side during the solar eclipse just in case it got too dark outside.
Third, his love for making pancakes on the weekend with daddy. He asks several times a week if it’s a “pancake day”. He is re-teaching all of us how to truly enjoy simple things.
Lastly, singing “You Are My Sunshine” and “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” (video below). He does this while standing on a rock, fireplace, or any form of a stage. It’s adorable and makes his mama so happy (I like to think he does it just for me).
We love and adore our Johnny boy. He’s completed our family in a way that words can’t describe. We were excited to celebrate his third birthday on a warm sunny day in September. Friends and family made him feel oh so special at his tractor themed party (pictures below). We can’t wait for more with our Johnny!