It’s hard to believe you are already four years old, but at the same time it feels like you’ve been a part of our lives forever. Our family has had a lot of highs and a few lows this last year, but you, my sweet girl, have been our constant source of joy and laughter.
I am so thankful you inherited your daddy’s curiosity. You are constantly asking and learning about the world around you. You love to learn more about any topic. You work really hard at learning new skills. You get easily frustrated when you can’t do something perfectly right away, but you have learned to take a break and come back to it later. This summer you learned to write the letters of your name and now you have been learning to draw hearts like Mommy. Your face lights up with pride when you get it. It makes my heart so happy to see how much you love school and love to learn.
You LOVE to laugh and be silly. We will do things over and over if they were funny the first time and you will belly laugh every single time. “You’re squishin’ my face!” where we squeeze our faces together and blowing your stinky breath in our faces and saying “Does it smell like _____?” are your current favorites. Life is so much happier with you in it.
You are SO excited to be a big sister! It warms my heart just talking about it, because it is something I have been wanting so badly for you. You love to ask about when your brothers will be here, what they are doing, and if they can hear you. You tell me your brothers are hungry when you hear my tummy growl. You tell me they’re dancing when we are listening to music. You want to feel them kick but aren’t really patient enough to wait for it. You think everything is going to change when you officially become a big sister… you think you’ll be (a lot) bigger, you’ll need a whole new set of clothes, a new bed, and a new room. If there is something you are a little nervous or scared about, you will do it when you’re a big sister. I know that you will be the best big sister there is, and I can hardly wait!
Some other things I love about you: I love your epic bed head and that your hair is always a mess (even though we both hate brushing it). I love the way you sing songs we are listening to (even if you don’t really know the words). I love your sweet dance moves – especially your “intense face” if it is a slower song. I love that you love your friends and family fiercely and miss them when they aren’t there. The way you mix up words makes me laugh daily. Your expressive face let’s me know how you are feeling in that moment, and we love to play “faces” together. Your beautiful eyes and smile light up the room. Most of all, I really just love being your mommy, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the miracle that you are.
Happy birthday, my sweet girl! I have a feeling this will be the best year yet!
Love you so much!
Mommy and Daddy
Age: 4 years old
Stats: 39.5 lbs | 40.5 in
Favorite foods: Mac n cheese (specifically Annie’s shells and cheese or Noodles & Co.), Panera broccoli and cheese soup, pancakes, apples, bananas, strawberries, turkey jerky sticks, cinnamon applesauce, yogurt, and broccoli. Blue “thunder water” (Gatorade). OH and “fruit snacks and bar” (bar = granola bar).
Favorite activities: playing with Mommy/Daddy or friends, playing pretend with any dolls or figurines (especially Lego friends or dollhouse), jumping on the trampoline, taking a shower, basketball in the basement, dancing and singing, chase/tag, drawing/coloring, crafting, reading books, catching bugs and animals outside (especially toads), and watching TV (Daniel Tiger/Dora/Paw Patrol).
Least favorite activities: looking for things she can’t find, getting going when she wakes up (she likes to play first), going anywhere in a hurry
Favorite phrases: “I’m just being silly!” or “I’m just teasing you!” “You’re/that’s so silly!” “Will you play with me?” “Can I do that?” “Just a little minute” “Is it a long drive or a short drive?” “Whatcha doin PEEPS?!” “Can we go to (insert friend’s name)’s house today?” “Why?” “That’s so stinky!” “Oh my gosh!” Or “Dangit!” “I’m hungry!” “When I’m a big sister…” She also loves calling us by our first names or daddy “Old Man” when we are all together.
Funny quotes: (Kyle is better at writing them down and remembering them.)
Kyle to Laney: Aww, I love you!
Laney: Aww, I love myself too! (pauses and laughs) I’m just being silly!
“Why’s all they’s belly buttons naked?” Referring to boys swimming without shirts on.
“Watch out for Daddy’s work.” While Jamie is making a U-turn after picking me up for lunch.
“Dad, do trees have bones?”
If she toots, “Excuse me! I ate a lot of brussel sprouts!” (Daddy taught her that one…)
Quotes with mixing up words (my favorite!):
“The bees make money in their hive.”
“I like sorry candy.” (sour patch kids)
“All the shiny corns.” (coins)
“I’m sitting at the dust.” (desk)
“I need my Patrols!” (Trolls)
“It’s night night time. You have to close the limes.” (blinds)
“We’re gonna get soaped!” (soaked)
“The tomato didn’t knock over Grandpa and Mimi’s house.” (tornado)
Here are a few iPhone snaps from our favorite moments of the last three months of being three: