Sunday, July 31, 2016

4 years! (the boy edition)

Buddy Bear, you're finally 4!  I feel like we've been leading up to this birthday for quite some time.  You wanted to go with Transformers this year, and it was pretty fun.  Because there are a TON of kids in your class, we stuck with a kid party this year.  You wanted to have it at the splash pad, and that worked out well.  In order for us old folks not to die at an outdoor party in Texas in July, we had it at 9am.  That meant breakfast foods!  It was fun.  You had a doughnut tower instead of a cake (which was your decision). 


You still have lots of nicknames.  Buddy, Buddy Bear, Mojo Jojo, Jojo, Joji (for when you say "Mommy, Mommy, Mommy").  You're not really Buns anymore.  Funny how that happens.  You're still my tiny guy.  I think you're in size 3 usually.  Skinny minny.  We won't have official measurements from your well check until September since I totally missed your appointment last year and now we're off schedule. 


You are still full of joy at 4.  You do have an occasional meltdown or tantrum but usually it's when you're tired, hungry, or need to potty.  Your friends (and their parents) seem to love you.  We do, too, obviously.  You're a spunky kid.  Very funny, smart.  You have a big ol' heart and are a softy.  We were watching the first "Land Before Time" yesterday and when the mom's memory said "You'll always be in my heart" or something like that, you said "Aww" and then repeated it to me.  You are free with the hugs and kisses and cuddling and "I love yous."  It's awesome.


We're back in the house for this birthday.  You and your sister have your own rooms but you sleep together.  Sometimes it's in your bed and sometimes it's in the twin beds she has in hers.  Y'all usually jibber jabber before you go to sleep but almost always sleep all night.  Then in the mornings you each wake up and join us in the big bed for a few minutes before we start our day.  I really love that.  You still nap almost daily, and you're the best napping partner.  You'll cuddle but you don't move a lot and you're quiet.  The same cannot be said for your sister. 

She'll start kindergarten in a month, and I'm interested to see how y'all handle that.  You're both a little anxious, I think, to be separated.  Y'all get along so well.  It's such a relief.  You're definitely a mama's boy these days but you do love Daddy, too. 


You enjoy all things building like Legos, etc.  And anything science-y.  You took a programming class last month at the university and enjoyed that.  You like robots, dinosaurs, Transformers, super heroes.  You did karate for most of this year and you've done a lot of swimming.  You also played a team sport for the first time--soccer.  That was interesting.  You love riding your scooter...your bike not so much.  You enjoy being read to and we started lessons to learn to read. You're REALLY catching on.  It's surprising how easy it seems for you.  And it's pretty exciting for me, too.  You'll switch classrooms next month at daycare, and I know you'll do great with your new teacher.  She's my favorite one at your school as far as teaching goes.


You are a picky eater these days.  I think you could survive solely on cheese and sausages and gummies if I let you.  You seem to like protein more than lots of kids.  You don't really go for ice cream or cake or cookies very much.  But you do love your candy!  And the aforementioned doughnuts.  You eat a peanut butter sandwich for school lunches (no jelly).  And your preferred breakfast these days is a Pop-Tart straight from the pantry.  (At first, you called them Tart Pops which was pretty fun).  Speaking of, you say almost everything correctly these days which is bittersweet.  I miss "gils" for "girls," but you do say "patteren" for "pattern."  I guess I'll hang on to that one.


This year, I'll start asking you some questions about yourself.  Here we go...
  • What is your favorite food?  Cheese
  • Favorite movie? Scooby Dooby Doo
  • Favorite color? Purple
  • Favorite thing to do? Play with Transformers and transform them into cars and robots
  • Who is your best friend? Jacob
  • Where is your favorite place to go? to the new splash pad
  • What do you want to be when you grow up? a Transformer
Oh, Buddy.  You are my heart.  I'm so happy I get to be your mom.  Happiest of birthdays to you.  Looking forward to what the next year holds!