Preschooler Summary: 3.5 Years Old

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This is a summary for McKenna. She is now 3.5.

EATING

McKenna is eating very well. She is loving life right now with all of the amazing fruits in season. She was a peach machine for a while, eating peach after peach. Now we are onto pears and apples. I love this time of year.

SLEEPING

Night sleep is great. She is getting great sleep at night. I am so glad we moved Kaitlyn out of the room–and that we had the option. 

I still haven’t found the ideal time for nap to start. I just go for 2-2:30 PM. In all honesty, I haven’t been too worried. I put her down when it is convenient for me and don’t worry about it. I like her to be able to stay up to about two so she can have a chance to play with Kaitlyn before her nap. 

She is to the age when most kids aren’t napping every day, but she still is at the moment. 

PLAYING

All playtime activities are normal.

OUR DAYS

Brayden and Kaitlyn are now in school each day. Brayden is full day and Kaitlyn is half day. This leaves us with lots of time together. We easily fill it with chores, independent playtime, reading books, and learning activities. McKenna loves learning time.

DISCIPLINE

She has been quite good this month. She still has her testing. Her current trend is when you tell her to do something, her first response is, “No, I…” followed by explanation as to why what you said is not correct. That is something we are working on.

DANCE CLASS

McKenna is in heaven. In heaven. She has finally started dance lessons. She has been waiting for this day for two years–ever since Kaitlyn started. McKenna is a major entertainer, so she is loving dancing. She also had tumbling right before dance. As a three year old, Kaitlyn could not have handled 30 minutes of tumbling followed by an hour of dance class. It would have made her too tired. So she just did dance. McKenna, however, does both and seems to get more energy by the end. My mom (a horse person) says she is like an Arabian horse. You can’t tire our Arabians. They just build muscle tone so they can do more. That is McKenna. You can’t tire her out.

“LITTLE” GIRL?

McKEnna very much is against being called a little girl. She is a big girl. Especially now that there is a baby in the house. I worried McKenna would be upset giving up the “baby of the family” seat, but she is not at all. She  is a BIG girl.

McKenna is often saying, “I wish I …” Like, “I wish I was bigger so I could go to piano lessons like Brayden and Kaitlyn.” She wants to do everything they do.

NEW BABY 

McKenna is still loving her baby sister. Every time she sees Brinley, she melts. She turns her head to the side and says, “Awwww! Cuuute! Brinley!” and then grabs and kisses in any way she can.

SWIMMING LESSONS

Swimming lessons are still going well and she is still making improvements. 

PLAYGROUP

McKenna started a playgroup this month. We do it once a week and rotate with several other moms. Oh how she loves playgroup! She loves playing with all of her friends. 

OUR SCHEDULE

7:30–Wake up and eat breakfast. She then can play with siblings. 

8:00–Get ready and chores

10:00–Learning Poster and read stories

10:30–Independent Play

11:30–Free play with siblings

12:15–Lunch

1:00–Learning activity and free play with sibling if time

1:30–Nap

4:00 or 4:30–Get up–TV Time 

5:30–Dinner

6:00–Family Activities

7:30–Get ready for bed

8:30–Bedtime 

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at Babywise.life, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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6 Comments

  1. Heather Mott
    October 2, 2012 / 6:05 PM

    wow..I like your style. I have 6 children and I follow alot of what you say….it does work too. Im glad to have run across your blog…I will have to check back regularly..thanksHeatherhttp://mottmultiples.blogspot.com

  2. Amy
    October 3, 2012 / 2:59 PM

    Hi Val – I'm curious, when you put McKenna to bed, does it take awhile for her to fall asleep? I'm still putting my daughter down for a nap and then bed at 8.30 but I find she doesn't actually fall asleep until around 9.30ish…

  3. Vita
    October 3, 2012 / 8:05 PM

    Hi Valerie,thank you for the summary. My son is just a couple of months behind McKenna, so these are very helpful. i have a question about morning wake time. When your kids wake up, are they allowed (1) off the bed by themselves, (2) into your bed, (3) play independently.my son insisted on screaming "mommy" on top of his lungs for a while, until i finally was able to teach him to get off the bed. my next order of teaching was for him to play independently, until mommy and daddy were up (on weekends), but that's turning out to be a myopic dream. I usually wake up to the sound of little, but loud, stumping feet approaching me and him excitedly telling me how he is up and ready for me. I succumb to taking him into bed for extra 5 minutes of shut-eye.i've read that some parents are able to "train" their kids to NOT walk into parents' bedrooms until parents are up, and entertain themselves with independent play.i'm not sure if i'm naive or not stern enough. i respect you immensely and would love to hear how you handle morning wake times, especially on the weekends.Thank you,Vita

  4. Grace Johnson
    January 22, 2013 / 3:40 PM

    It is good to see blog post such as this one enumerating the benefits of natural sleep aids cause I think the infants especially those who are ages 2 and below should not be interrupted while they are sleeping cause that could become their main source of their energy and to make them grow faster. Actually, I heard that the average sleep a baby is about 10-16 hrs and they really needed that sleep.

  5. Unknown
    May 29, 2013 / 12:48 PM

    Hi There,I am desperate to solve my 3 1/2 yr olds night time waking problems. He has been sleeping through the night from 7mo but when we started potty training at 2 1/2, there began to be night time wakings for the potty that I did not really know what to do with. I worked through those with the recommendation of the Dr. to not respond and let him take himself, and that pretty much ended that. But it seems where you put out one fire there starts another! He started waking at 5:30am consistently for several months, which signaled to me a problem with his sleep. The Dr. said to lose his afternoon nap, but my son is literally begging for naps and sometimes falls asleep at 11:30am if in the car long enough. I have managed to give him independent play time at 1 and a brief nap (30-1hr) nap at 2pm. He still goes to bed between 7:30-8pm, but plays in his bed, so I think he falls asleep at 8:20ish. I am curious if I should drop the nap all together, which chills me to the bone, or encourage a really long nap starting at 12:30pm? (he has always loved sleep and will sleep at anytime). I see that your little ones sleep such a long time in the afternoon. Any help would be appreciated!

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Kaitlyn Preschooler Summary: 3.5 Years Old

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Kaitlyn is 3.5! I think my girls are frozen in age from about a year ago. So in my head, Kaitlyn is 2.5 and McKenna is about 9ish months old. For some reason Brayden gets to continually get older.

SLEEPING
Overall, sleeping has been good and normal. She has some days where she doesn’t sleep for her nap.

A few days ago I realized that she sometimes is staying up in the night “reading” books in bed instead of going to sleep. While I am glad she loves books, she needs her sleep. So I told her she needed to go to bed. I explained she could look at books in the morning after she woke up, but if she looked at books at night, I would take them away. She was reading books for over an hour, and she was tired in the day.

She has been really good about it and going right to bed.

EATING
Eating is continuing on the same.

PLAYING
Kaitlyn has a few new activities. She started attending a playgroup once each week. She loves it. It is nice for some social playing and simple preschool activities. Plus she feels special that she has something to go to, just like Brayden does.

She also started dance class. I have several friends who have their daughters enrolled in a dance studio that they love. The dances are modest and the costumes are modest. They dance to good music. The pricing is fabulous. Kaitlyn loves to dance, so I thought it would be a fun thing for her to do.

Kaitlyn is sad having Brayden gone each morning now, but McKenna is getting older and more of a “playable” age each day. Before too long, they will be good little buddies.

Kaitlyn showing off a bracelet she made

OUR SCHEDULE
We have variation to this for playgroup and dance class, but for the most part:

8:15/8:30: Breakfast
9:00: Get ready
9:30: Go for walk
10:00: Sibling Playtime
10:30: Independent playtime
11:30: Learning activity
12:30: Lunch
1:00: Play with Brayden
1:30: nap
4:00: up. Play until dinner
5:00/5:30: Dinner
6:00: Free play
7:00: Start getting ready for bed
8:00: In bed

*I try to make sure she has an official chore each day. I haven’t found the best time for that yet, so it is random.

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valplowman

Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at Babywise.life, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

Find me on: Web | Twitter | Facebook

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