Oct 14, 2016

Addison Sophia: 4 Years


Dear Addie::

You had a very busy year in your life. You have changed so much and it's even harder to believe you are the same girl from a year ago when I last wrote you a letter. It's even harder to believe that you are already four years old! I feel like you should still be my tiny little baby. But here you are - rocking my world at four years old.

I'm not going to say three was all sunshine and roses. You definitely got a bit more stubborn at three but we knew that was probably coming. This has been a heck of a year and so much has happened.

Soon after you turned 3, you started going to speech two times a week at your local school and you absolutely loved it. And I loved that you were doing so much talking. You becoming more clear and expanding what you were able to say. You were definitely not lacking in energy. You hardly stopped moving and going. You also started stretching your threenager attitude more which would be a challenge over the course of your entire third year. I was constantly having to remind you to check your attitude. But you also had those moments that were just so cute that it was hard to stay frustrated at you with all the attitude. Probably you're most used saying was "No but thanks." You also would answer "thank you" if the person you were talking to didn't say it quick enough then you would immediately say "welcome" in response to yourself.

As the next month came along you continue to be just as stubborn. You continued to show your independence, wanting to do everything yourself.  You were despite to get things your way by throwing fits which were almost always short lived. You just wanted your opinion known. But you were also talking more which I loved.  You know all your letters, you could count to twelve, you could identify your teens and about ten shapes. The biggest thing was definitely being able to take the gate off your door. It was a big thing finally taking the gate off.

Easily the biggest thing of your entire third year of life was that we finally got you potty trained! It took a couple of false starts and about a month, give or take, of struggle but we did it! You were definitely up for the challenge - especially once you learned there was something in it for you. Of course you aren't potty trained at sleep times at all but being potty trained during the day was a game changer for us. It's not that you didn't have the occasional accidents but for the most part you always did well even right out of the gate. We were so proud of how well you have done.

Another huge thing for you during this year was that you finally finished with the neurologist. We were so excited to finally be cleared with him. We had been going since you were 18 months to him and to finally get the all clear and to know that you were healthy and on the right track was so huge for us.

There has been so many other achievements over the course of this year. You have started going down slides again. You have started swinging on a big girl swing. You have had two successful trips to the dentist. You have become more independent and has loved helping out around the house, doing little chores.

Another big thing in your life during this year was that you became a big sister. And you are the best big sister. From the moment Connor was born you have loved him and doted on him. You played with him. You are patient with me when I have to care for him. You help out with him. You entertain him. You are seriously an amazing big sister. And he adores his big sister as much as you adore him.

You also started school which you love! Everyday you ask me if you can go back tomorrow and are even disappointed on the weekends when you can't go. You have a great time at school which I love. You have so much to tell me about your day which is more of you talking which is awesome. There is not a doubt in our minds that putting you back in the classroom this year and keeping you out last year was the best thing for you. You are having a blast!

You have had a lot of threenager days over the course of this year. You have your opinions and want to let us know what those are. Sometimes if we talk about what you want but still do what we want then you are fine as long as you get your two cents in. Sometimes not. But we are making it through and as we get closer to four, it's getting better. Although some days are still rough depending on how tired you are when you get home from school.

You have so many interests. Your favorite thing is definitely Legos. You have quite the collection growing. You still love trains however but not much tops the Legos. You love playing on the laptop and figuring out all those games, plus you take all the iPad time you can get. You have quite the collection of stuffed animals you love playing with. And most quiet times are spent playing with the dollhouse. Books are still pretty popular with you and you always have books everywhere. And dancing. We do a lot of dancing around here. Anytime there's music - or even if there's not - you are moving and dancing or asking to dance.

I can't say enough about how far you have come. More than just more hair, you have changed so much. You are so independent. You want to do everything yourself and can actually do so many more things by yourself. I'm still adjusting to the fact that I don't have a little girl anymore. You have gotten so big and I just can't believe that you are really four. I can't figure out how that happened!

You are such an awesome little girl. You are happy and strong-willed. You are full of confidence and words and thoughts. You problem solve and figure things out. Your brain is always moving, as is your body. We have just had a magical year of your little life and I am proud and honored to be your mom. You are beautiful and amazing. I can't wait to see what's next in your life. Keep being you. I love you so much.

Love, Mama

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