Thursday, February 28, 2013

My Baby is 4 Today

Left: Holly at 6 months  Right: Holly today (the morning of her fourth birthday)

Where does time go?
This is the feeling that many of us get as our children get older, and this is the feeling that I'm getting today.

Holly is 4 today and I can't believe it. So much has happened in her four short years, both to her and I, and it stuns me. As every parent knows, words will never describe how much she means to me, and how much I love her, so this post won't be about that (because I can tell her myself). This post is about what she/we learned in her third year of life.

Top 10 Things that Holly learned/we learned about Holly in her third year of life:
  1. Although Holly learned to write her name when she was 2, this past year she learned to write every letter in the alphabet, the words Mom, Dad, & Brooke by herself, and several other words when assisted.
  2. This past year she began learning to spell, which obviously comes along with writing. She currently asks Chris and I how to spell e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.
  3. This past year she also began learning basic math. She only grasps basic addition so far but we're still working (I know it's early for math, but I'm big on teaching her skills like this).
  4. Early in age 3, she learned to sleep without a diaper on. This was a big deal for us because Holly is a terrible sleeper. We were so worried that she would have an issue with it, but to our surprise, she didn't have an accident the first night, and hasn't had a single accident since (knock on wood!).
  5. This past year, Holly learned how to do a summersault (thanks to daddy!).
  6. This past year, Holly learned how to dress herself, and has since dressed herself every single day. I'm not allowed to help at all.
  7. We have learned how extremely perceptive Holly is this past year. She notices everything, down to the material that things are made of, and I love that about her. "Daddy, cars are made of metal, right?"
  8. We have learned that Holly may not just be going through a "phase" of bad sleeping. We are beginning to come to terms with the fact that she may just be a bad sleeper by nature, like many people are. We have tried everything, and I mean everything, to get her to sleep through the night and sleep in later (she goes to bed just fine), but now I'm beginning to think that she will always be a light sleeper and an early riser.
  9. We have learned in the past year that Holly is naturally a healthy eater. Of course she has a sweet tooth, but she really prefers to eat vegetables and fruit. I love this about her.
  10. This past year, we have also learned that Holly has an obsession with two things: ballet and horses. She loves anything ballet, ballerina, or tutu related, and anything horse, pony, and especially unicorn related.


These are the top ten things that stood out for me. This year was pretty consistent- she's been going to the same daycare, we've lived in the same house, and we've kept the same routine. Her fourth year will be a lot different- we will be moving into a new home, she will be starting school, and I (being her main caregiver) will be transitioning from student to employed full time. Hopefully, I can do a similar post on her fifth birthday to see what she has accomplished and what has changed.

Happy fourth birthday to my dearest Holly!

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