It’s interesting how these updates have progressed from announcing Sonja’s developmental milestones to looking back at what we’ve been doing for the past three months. There are a few milestones to come, but they are few and far between.
Developmentally speaking, Sonja can spell and write her name, as well as a few other words like cat, mom and paw (for Paw Patrol.) She likes to read stories with me, watch TV and play on the tablet (mostly painting apps, PBS kids games, and especially the Peanutize Me character generator.) She also likes to build things with legos and draw or paint. She’s not as interested in getting out a coloring book as she is in getting out a piece of paper and making her own drawings. She’s expanded from the personal portrait (circle with eyes and stick arms and legs) to animals and flowers, shapes (circle, square, triangle) and grass. She’s also taken to the pre-k workbooks with activities like identifying a picture that is different from the rest, and counting and writing letters and numbers. Her favorite color is still green.
She also loves to have tea parties and dance. She’s expanded her collection of games to include a Paw Patrol board game, CandyLand, Chutes and Ladders and Hungry, Hungry Hippos. She understands and can follow directions without assistance, but she likes to make her own rules after one or two run-throughs.
She helps me bake cookies, cook dinner, set the table and “wash dishes.” Her palette hasn’t expanded much, but we’re working on eating more and taking “adventure bites.” This is how she came to decide she liked carrots in chicken noodle soup, but it’s still a gamble on any given day whether she will eat them. She helps with laundry, and should I sit at my desk and type something, such as this, she desperately wants to “work on homework” herself.
She loves this Paw Patrol show on Nickelodeon which I’ve never seen. She used to watch it at the babysitter’s house, but I don’t have cable and it’s not on Netflix. Her favorite show on Netflix is My Big, Big Friend, but that’ll change at the drop of a hat.
She can take the stairs one at a time. She’s great at riding her scooter but hasn’t paid a lot of attention to the balance bike she got for her birthday. It hasn’t exactly been bike riding weather, though.
On to the winter recap…
October started off with a new school year, and Sonja moving the the juniors class in her preschool. Oh how I would love for that kindergarten milestone to come next year. She seems ready, willing and able, but it just doesn’t look likely at this point.
The class took a field trip to a pumpkin patch.
Sonja’s best friend is still David from preschool. They’re the same age but he’s several inches taller and about 20 lbs heavier. They have been inseparable since the end of last school year.
October ended with Sonja dressed as Chase from Paw Patrol for Halloween. Most of the day was spent at a carnival at a local high school. We attempted some trick-or-treating when we got home, but she’s still ultra-picky about candy, and if she doesn’t get plain chocolate or smarties, she throws a fit, which is super-exhausting for mom.
November was quiet. We have continued with ballet lessons because it is Sonja’s favorite activity. We were also doing swim lessons and gymnastics, but doing all three things with school as well was challenging. She put up the most fuss about swim lessons, so we dropped them. She always had fun when she finally got there, but between the fighting to get her to go, and the obnoxiousness of the changing room, and the colder weather, it seemed the logical one to pause. We’ll probably try again in the spring.
December has been busy. We saw Santa again. The pictures were free this time because Santa’s “sleigh” broke down and he was late for work. She also got to meet Santa’s reindeer on a school field trip.
We went to see Caspar Babypants again and she danced through the entire 45-minute set. She got her CD signed by Mr. Babypants himself. I like that she now makes that connection between the guy we saw at the show and the music in the car.
Now we prepare for Christmas and the new year and a new set of adventures. As Gerald says in the story Waiting is Not Easy, “I cannot wait.” And as Piggie says, “You will have to.” The perfect juxtaposition in the life of both a four-year-old and the parent of a four-year-old.