Today you turn four and, once again, the cliche is true - it goes so fast, I can't believe how big you are!
At 4 years old...
You are kind, smart, funny, caring, happy, talkative and all around amazing.
You have been wearing glasses for 2.5 years. You still have to wear an eye patch for one hour a day but I forget sometimes (a lot). You never complain about your glasses and you are usually pretty good about agreeing to wear your patch.
You have completed your first year of pre school and you loved it, year two is just around the corner.
We traveled a lot this summer and you were great - climbing mountains, walking the streets of NYC, dozens of hotels, countless hours in the car - you did it all with a great attitude and not too much whining.
You are a great big sister. We had a Lucy/Mommy date to Target the other day and you told me you missed having someone to talk to in the car. Even though we talked almost the whole drive and Ayla only knows about 10 words I love to hear that you like having her around.
For Halloween this year your ideas so far have included - spider, witch, fairy, statue of liberty, butterfly, and of course, princess.
You are getting better at trying different foods. You don't usually like the new foods, but you'll try a bite. You are not too picky but we're still working on those vegetables...
You still wake up at least once or twice most nights. You usually just need a quick trip to the bathroom or a few minutes of back scratching before you fall back asleep. Sometimes I wish I could just sleep, but I know there will be a time when my nights are quiet and I will wish I could still snuggle with you. Whenever your dad is out of town you get to sleep in his spot, I really love our extra cuddle time.
You love making new friends, every time we visit the library or a playground you ask to make friends with the other little kids. You usually just walk up to them and ask them if they want to play, I wish I was that brave sometimes. Most of the time they agree and you are off and running. Every once in a while they say no or some version of it, and it breaks my heart. I know you will face mean girls and bullies in your life but I'm not ready for it and I hate having to teach you about it so early.
You love crafting, you have space at the dining room table but Ayla is getting bigger and climbing on everything so you usually prefer "the high table" in my sewing room where "little hands" can't reach your projects. I told you once this summer that you could be an artist when you grow up and you said "but I already am an artist." I wish I had your confidence, I hope you keep it for a long time.
You love books. We visit the library almost weekly, the librarians know you by name. Earlier this year you checked out your first chapter book and you were very excited and proud. More recently you wanted to try comic books and you really enjoy those too. I can't wait until you learn to read, I think you will love books even more and I'm looking forward to watching that passion grow.
I love you more than words could ever explain. I can't imagine sending you off to Kindergarten in a year but I am looking forward to watching you grow into the amazing little person that you are.