Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Brinley Preschooler Summary: 43 Months Old

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This is a summary for Brinley from 42-43 months old.

SLEEPING
Sleeping is great! Nor troubles.

EATING
Eating is going well. She pretty much only eats fruits and vegetables these days. She has decided she doesn't like milk. These things don't worry me. At times I wonder how she can be sustained after only eating fruits and vegetables for dinner, but she doesn't complain so I go with it. She is also growing well and is healthy looking.

She loves playing with her "little friends." She has little friends because she is litte.


CALM TIME
The couple of months leading up to 3.5, Brinley was a boundary pusher. She had some tumultuous days and moments. Leading right into 3.5, she relaxed a lot and has continued to be relaxed. She is only getting easier. She doesn't argue with me as much. She accepts rules quickly and easily. It is a welcome change! I don't remember my 3.5 year old being like that before, but I have always either had a newborn or been pregnant, so maybe my brain was not in a state to recognize! Haha. Or it was just a Brinley thing. I have noticed each of my children had different ages that were their hardest in those first several years. For Brinley so far, it has definitely been the couple of months leading up to 3.5.

always inquisitive

YOUNGEST
Brinley loves being the youngest and loves being a kid. Specifically, she loves being three. She and I were recently talking about something she wanted to do--it may have been start playing soccer. Something like that. I explained when she turned X years old, she would get to do that. Brinley was reduced to tears. "No! I will always be free [three]!" It was amusing. I have been warming her up to the idea that she will continually get older each birthday. I think she is starting to accept that.

INDEPENDENT
In direct contrast to her desire to be the baby and stay little, she fights for independence and to do things herself. This back and forth is very common for three year olds. They want to learn independence, but they often feel conflicted about leaving the baby life behind. That is why one day your three year old gets offended if you try to put her pants on for her and the next day she has a meltdown if you give her pants to her to put on herself.

One casualty of her independence this past month was our tissue supply. She had a cold and wanted to wipe her nose herself. She just went to the tissues to take care of it. When I walked into a bathroom, I found piles of barely-used tissues! She would wipe, pull a new one out, wipe, pull a new one out...three boxes in a day. THREE!

Her current favorite book--Ninja Red Riding Hood
FAVORITES
It is interesting how much a favorite can change in just a month. This month, her absolute favorite thing to play with has been My Little Ponies. She has also really loved her Calico Critters and her Little People toys. She does still love LEGOs, and still the real kind. She actually packed up her Duplos and gave them to me and told me she doesn't want them anymore. That girls LOVES to declutter. She is my only child who likes to get rid of stuff. When I clean out her room, I get rid of more with her help than I would without. With the other kids, I have to smuggle out the broken toys.

SCHEDULE
Here is our typical schedule:

8:30 AM--wake up/eat breakfast/scriptures
9:00 AM--get ready for day
9:30 AM--watch 30 minutes of TV 
10:00 AM--Independent Playtime
11:15ish AM--Learning time
12:00 noon--Lunch
12:30 PM--free play
1:30/2:00ish PM--Nap
4:30/5:00 PM--Wake up and free play
5:30 PM--Dinner
6:00 PM--Family time
8:00 PM--Get ready for bed
8:30 PM--Bedtime

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