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This is a summary for Brinley from 45 months to 46 months. She is now two months shy of 4 years old.
Sleeping is going well. She naps most days. I definitely notice her napping more consistently when her mornings are spent with some physical activity and something that challenges her mentally. If you have a toddler or preschooler, do not underestimate the importance of physical and mental stimulation for good sleep.
One thing she loves is to go for a walk. I make her walk on our walks (not that it is a battle–she loves to walk–but that is how we do it). It is a great time to practice having her listen to me and obey my voice. I live in a place where that is a safe practice time and location. For the mental, she loves to do the activities from the Babes, Tots, and Kids eBook I co-authored with Raegan. So awesome. I love that I don’t have to create the lesson plans. I did once, but not now! Haha.
Eating continues on as usual and normal.
Oh my cute. Brinley had her dance recital. And she was adorable. There really isn’t much in this life more entertaining than a three year old dance class on stage at a recital. If you never have a daughter in dance, you should add to your list of things to do in life attend one dance revue so you can see the three year olds. Not every three year old is funny. Some are little perfectionists like Kaitlyn was and get every move right. Which is just plain impressive.
Some leave the line completely and walk to the edge of the stage to fully wave at mom and dad.
Brinley was somewhere in between. She would do the dance moves, then she would decide to do some of her own moves. For one dance, she had a feather boa on. It left feathers floating in the air, so naturally she needed to pause dancing to try to catch some feathers.
Her dance teacher, one of the owners at the studio, told me Brinley is one of her favorites. She is such a cute charmer. She is a performer in many ways.
Here is our typical schedule. Some days, we did independent play after lunch instead of before lunch:
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
12:30 PM–free play
4:30/5:00 PM–Wake up and free play
6:00 PM–Family time
8:00 PM–Get ready for bed