Does your kid put everything in his or her mouth? I'll admit it, mine does. I thought it was just a phase as a baby, you know testing what is in the world around him. But it continues, Dylan is 3 years old, surely we have taught him what food is by now you say. We have! I promise! He knows what food and drink are, I'm pretty sure he knows that there is a difference between food and golf balls. I don't think he's necessarily hungry or thirsty when he puts something in his mouth either. Sometimes he's mad. For example, when he's hitting golf balls he likes to hit them off the tee, but sometimes it takes him a while to get the tee straight and the golf ball on it so he will stick his head down and bite the tee in frusteration. As painful as it is to watch him try and put the ball on the tee for five minutes (and no, he will not let anyone help him, he can do it himself thank-you-very-much) it's worse to watch him put his face down to the grass and bite the golf tee.
Here's a list of what has gone into his mouth (or he has licked) over the past week.
A golf tee
The railing at the baseball game we were at
A golf ball
Water from his sand and water table
His fingers, ALL THE TIME
Water from a squirt gun
A squirt gun
There is a lot of water on that list. Lest you think he is thirsty, this kid drinks a of lot of milk, water, juice, you get the picture. He doesn't seem to want to eat whatever he's putting in his mouth either, just bite it a little or lick it, maybe to see how it tastes? We tell him when he puts the stick/squirt gun/golf tee in his mouth that he should only put food in his mouth, but so far that doesn't seem to be working.
But you know what? For a gross as he is, this kid does not get sick (knocking on wood now). He has thrown up twice in his 3 years. And one time he threw up once and then was fine the rest of the day. So maybe he knows more than I do, maybe he's just building up his immunity. He goes to daycare and while they do a great job of keeping things clean, he's still exposed to lots of germs there too.
So maybe having the dirtiest mouth on the block isn't so bad.
Homemade Pumpkin Doughnuts with buttermilk glaze! I got the recipe from Babble. It was my first time making doughnuts and these were super easy. These doughnunts are fried, I know there are pans you can buy to bake doughnuts too. I may have to get one of those! I didn't have a doughnut cutter (really, who does?) so I used a big peanut butter lid and a small circle cookie cutter. The recipe makes A LOT of doughnuts, I ended up freezing some of the left over dough. Most of the doughnuts are going to work with Dave tomorrow!
The doughnuts were pretty good, I could have used a little more pumpkin flavor in the doughnuts, but I would still make them again.
Wow Dylan, you are 3 today! Your dad and I have had so much fun watching you grow up these past few years. It's amazing to us how much you change and grow from month to month. You have started to tell us stories about what happens at school, it's so much fun to hear about your day! One of your favorite things to do is to go golfing with your dad. I think the golf clubs we got your for your birthday will definitely be put to good use! You do such a good job hitting the ball and taking your time putting. So far, golfing is the only activity that will hold your attention for any period of time. You love to stand on the couch or your bed and yell "Superhero to the rescue!" as loud as you can. You still love to play outside, whether it's running around the house, riding your bike, kicking a ball, helping water plants or running in the sprinkler, as long as we are outside you are happy.
What don't you like? Naps, I am worried you are getting very close to our growing them soon. You are such a busy little boy I think you still need to take some time for a nap in the afternoon. You are also a picky eater, both your dad and I were picky eaters, so maybe you got that from us. We are still working on using "nice" hands, some days are better than others.
You are such a sweet boy, you love to hug and pet the cats. You are also a great helper, feeding the cats in the morning, picking up toys and making the beds are your favorites.
We love you so much and can't wait to see what the next year holds!
I am going to be making a rather ambitious birthday cake for Dylan this year. For his first birthday I made a cow cake, last year was an Elmo cake and this years cake will be a Toy Story theme. I found a Toy Story theme cake online that I thought I would be able to make myself (with a few modifications) so today was my practice day. There are quite a few techniques on the cake I want to make that I haven't tried before. Some that I tried today were easier than I thought they would be, others were much more difficult. I still think I can pull of the cake for Dylan's birthday party on Saturday though. I know the post is vague, but I want the cake to be a surprise next week!
Here is the crumb layer, this was pretty easy and definitely worth doing.
And here is the final practice cake. I added the piping around the stars just for practice. The tip I used was a little large though. The frosting isn't as smooth as I wanted it to be, I worked on it forever though! I used Duff's buttercream fondant for the stars and they were very easy to make and the fondant was super easy to work with.