4 Years 4 Months

These “age updates” are such tricky beasts to keep up with. Looking back I haven’t done one of these “record keeper” posts since G was 2 1/2! Where does time go?!

Well here we are 4 years and 4 months. 

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Changes-  Over all the last 6 months have been full of positive changes. With having W now co-parenting lots of healthy habits have been added to our daily life. Very very minimal “tv time” is one of these changes. G sometimes will go a couple weeks without seeing a show or movie. She does have access to mostly educational apps on her ipad and she’s taken  to playing with Spotify often, scanning through music (proud mama grin).

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We’ve added a TON more family time now that I don’t travel for work including lots of outdoor activities. Being we were dealing with my health issues we’ve been eating very well lately, lots of fresh fruits and vegs. All around we’ve become so much more incredibly healthy as a family and it feels great.

G’s flourishing with our new lifestyle she shot up a few inches at least and thinned down so much. She’s still the tiniest in her class just like I always was. None of that baby pudge is anywhere to be found these days. (gimme a little baby!) She’s maturing and really learning how to be a kind and loving human.

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Emotionally it’s very obvious there’s been a lot of changes happening at this age. We’re seeing more influence from friends at school (both good and bad) and a lot of boundaries being pushed. There was about a month recently where a real attitude came out of our sweet little girl. It all came to a peek with a major melt down one evening which included her (for the first time ever) trying to hit me and screaming things like “you don’t love meeeeeee”. While we were also overwhelmed by the tantrum Wilson and I did our best to handle it. We were firm with what is OK for her to do and what isn’t when she’s upset yet made sure she felt loved. Eventually she collapsed asleeep in a sobbing exhausted mess into our arms. We moved her to sleep in our bed that night since she needed as much love, comfort, and support possible to work out everything she was feeling. 

When the storm passed and morning came she awoke in better spirits than she had been in weeks. She had “gotten it all out” and her behavior has been lovely since. Of course there’s the little things she may get upset about but seems since the melt down she feels more confident in being loved which as we all know equals good behavior. 

This parenting thing is not for the light hearted! 

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(grump face few days pre-meltdown)

Food- As always G rocks on the food front. She’s still 100% vegetarian and starting to understand the reasoning of why I raised her this way, to have the choice to decide what she wants to eat. She’s happy being veggie (though did stress a little concern of being different than her friends) she even tried a couple times to actually lecture us on why we shouldn’t eat meat. Cute she’s passionate and forming her own beliefs. Current fave food are still pancakes, pancakes all the time. 

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Loves- Sleep overs, swimming, and Princesses (ugh). We’re actively trying to teach her about inspiring strong woman to offshoot the princess play but with Frozen being such a hit in school and with her peers it’s been a hard task.  

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(holding a frog on a school field trip)

Sleeping- Should this update still be on here at this age? Afternoon naps are becoming a rare thing these days which is fine because she’ll just go to sleep a little earlier in the evenings. She’s up EARLY most days and we’ve worked with her to get her breakfast herself and entertain herself so we can get a little more shut eye (who am I kidding I’m up at 6am like clock work…so W can get shut eye haha). For a bit there bed time was a bit of a struggle. We’ve since remedied that with our night time stories. The deal is if she want stories the next night she needs to go to sleep without a fight. Fingers crossed this keeps working because for a bit there we all were dreading bed time.

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(posing as a “strong” hiker…she has a new found passion for hiking!)

Four Years and counting little girl and it’s just getting better and better each year.