But, surprisingly enough, you adjusted very well. You made new friends on our street, got a big girl bike, and started preschool in August (which was tough at first, since you'd never been dropped off anywhere, but now you LOVE it). A lot of other milestones came as you got closer to age 4 and you got to attend the Yuletide Celebration for the first time, see your first play (A Charlie Brown Christmas), and perform in your first preschool Christmas program.
As an alternative to the ballet classes you've been asking for, you started gymnastics once a week in January. As your instructor pointed out, you always have a huge smile on your face and love every minute of it. We laughed so hard at how literal you take all of their instructions. When they told you to run on the line, you practically tip-toed making sure every single step was completely on. the. line. Hilarious. Being the good, super competitive parents we are, we make painter's tape lines all over the house to teach you how to run along the lines. I am proud that you are very focused on achieving good form, though. You're favorite part is swinging from the big rope into the foam pit at the end of every class. I'm also looking forward to signing you up to play tee-ball this spring.
For your birthday this year, Aunt Lindsey and I are redecorating your bedroom since we haven't really touched it since we moved in and it's a hideous yellow color. I found this adorable bedding set, and against my better judgement, even ordered the coordinating sheets with ballerina fairy princesses riding on unicorns. Seriously? Does it get any girlier? But I'm pretty sure you will love it. Aunt Lindsey painted some new wall art, and we even painted castles on the walls. I finally got around to refinishing an antique vanity into a little desk for your room, and topped it off with a super girly canopy. I can't wait to see your reaction after the big reveal!
At your request, I am constructing a volcano cake for your birthday. You've always had a huge imagination, and your current made up world is called "Volcano Valley" where you and your two cheetah babies, Lizzie and Jezabeth, live. Lizzie is an ornery little cheetah who is always batting at lava and getting into all sorts of shenanigans. I'm not real sure where your volcano obsession comes from, but it's at the top of your list of places to go on vacation even. So we weren't at all shocked at your sudden change from princess-of-the-week-cake to volcano cake. And when you have science nerds for parents, it's going to erupt (or at least smoke with dry ice, we went back and forth about cool but still edible, and what would make the best looking lava).
Though you've been extremely challenging/frustrating/maddening for us with your erratic behavior, your preschool teacher tells me "you're perfect and wouldn't dream of throwing a fit." She says you are super social and get along well with all the kids in your class. You have a big heart and never leave anyone out. I love hearing all of this, but it's a double-edged sword in that I know you can behave, but can't figure out why you won't for me. Luckily, it comes in waves and you'll have a few good days every now and then. For those, I occasionally reward you with "sleepover naps" aka, taking a nap with you. Because I'm one of those super self-sacrificing moms ;)
A few stats at age 4:
sizes: 4T and 4 clothes, size 9 shoes
book: peep and ducky
movie: Inside Out
show: Peppa Pig
activity: hide and seek
best friend: Emma
outfit: Frozen dress
food: chicken noodles and soup
my hero: mommy
What I want to learn when I'm 4: to roller skate
What I can do now that I'm 4: take care of my sister
drawing of me: