This is a summary for Brinley from 4 years 9 months to 4 years 10 months old. She spent the month being very obsessed with Moana. She also loved playing the game Sleeping Queens over and over, sometimes with her imaginary friend (whom she talks to like a real person. Even getting mad). This preschooler also loves making crafts for people. You can see the lovely crown she made for me for Mother’s Day in the photo just below. You can always find more of her on Instagram.
Sleep is great. She sleeps 11-12 hours at night (usually 12 or a bit more). She does not nap, but she does have rest time each day.
Eating hasn’t changed much. Something common with this age group is for the child to eat a few bites and say she is done. The tricky thing that happens is then she goes to play and comes back an hour later, insistent that she is starving. This can stress parents out and can easily lead to you letting a snacking habit start up. Your preschooler doesn’t need to eat every one hour if your newborn ate every three.
When Brinley eats very little at a meal, I ask her if she is sure. I tell her when she will be able to eat again and ask if she thinks she needs to eat more or if she is really done. She usually says she is done. Then about an hour later, she lets me know she is hungry. I remind her of the conversation we had and explain that she will have to wait until the next meal (or whatever I had told her before).
The child will survive just fine. Don’t stress!
Brinley finished up soccer this month. She totally loved it the whole time! She was so excited to do it after years of watching her siblings play.
Brinley finished up her second year of dance. She had her recital and was so cute. She told me she doesn’t love dance class because they tell her how to dance and she wants to dance her own way. She loved her teachers and had two good friends with her, so she had fun and she loved dancing on stage, but she apparently prefers dancing to her own choreography.
Brinley graduated preschool! She loved preschool and always wanted to go longer and more often. She was so sad to see it end, but she is so very excited for Kindergarten to start.
One thing she was super sad about with preschool ending was that she was going to miss her preschool teacher. She had a great teach and Brinley just adored her. When I told her it was the last day of school, she threw herself into a heap on the floor and declared, “But I will never see Miss Jen again!” Um…yes you will. Luckily for her, Miss Jen is a friend of mine AND her daughter play’s on McKenna’s soccer team, so she will see Miss Jen plenty.
Here is what was pretty consistent for non-school days:
8:00-8:30–wake up/get ready/eat breakfast
9:30–play with siblings
usually independent play for an hour in between now and lunch
12:00 –lunch. Then play.
4:00ish–Get up up. Play PBS Kids on the computer. Then dinner and family time.
7:00–Get ready for bedtime
School days are much the same with a 12:15-2:40 time at school. She started rest time as soon as she got home. I definitely would have preferred her preschool time be in the morning, but this was the time available. I requested morning Kindergarten for this next year because having something in the afternoon proved to me what I already thought to be true–we are morning people and prefer to have things started and done in the morning. The only tricky thing will be getting three girls ready in time. I might have to abandon the notion of me being ready first thing in the morning and just get ready once they are gone…we shall see.