4 Years Old


This is the longest I've gone without writing a "Tanner of the Month" post, so hopefully I'll remember everything that happened over the last year!

First of all the talking. OH the talking! When you turned 3 you were really starting to talk, but wow, have you blossomed over this last year. You are speaking in proper sentences much of the time, and have even learned a few not so good words. I blame YouTube on that one. You love to watch videos on YouTube about trains, bowling and any Disney movie. Some of those videos have voice overs of people talking and sometimes they drop some words that a toddler shouldn't know. And of course with you being such a sponge, you repeat! You are so sweet and good at listening to and obeying us when we tell you that we don't say those words and are very good at using the words we suggest for you to use instead. So thank you.

Your imagination is really starting to blossom. You are building your very own train tracks most of the time now and have just recently started to have an interest in coloring and drawing. You drew your first family portrait a week ago or so. It is so sweet!

You started pre-school last October and have already learned so so much. It is so cute to see you writing your name, pointing out letters and numbers you know and singing the heck out of the alphabet. From what I can tell you are having a lot of fun in school and love your teachers. You have been going through a bit of a rough patch of crying when I leave you at school. But your teachers have been working with you and you have been improving so much. 

When your little brother, Chase, was born you weren't too happy about it. But you have been starting to be so sweet with him and playing with him. You definitely still have sibling rivalry moments where you clobber him, but seeing you play with him and let him be included with what you are doing shows me you really do love him. He loves you so much and just wants to do what you are doing. You are such a great big brother and will be a wonderful boy for him to look up to.

I don't know if I've ever mentioned this on here before, but you are still the pickiest toddler I have ever encountered! You were such a good eater up until you turned 2. Then it's like a switch went off in your head and have had a very picky diet ever since. You will not touch what most people would think would be normal toddler staple foods. Chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese and pizza are completely off the table. Your normal meals consist of Life cereal for breakfast, peanut better and jelly sammich for lunch and fruit for dinner. You also like eggs and bacon when we make those. And will also eat grilled cheese sammiches and pancakes occasionally. Because of this, when we go out to eat it is usually IHOP since we know you will at least eat something. At least the majority of things you eat are healthy, so I don't feel so guilty. Just warning you, but we are going to start getting more strict with you broadening your diet. You've been getting into battles with your teachers at school about eating your snacks at snack time and that needs to change.

Your favorite movies right now are Polar Express, Madagascar 3, Nightmare Before Christmas and Despicable Me (1 and 2). Your favorite TV shows are Paw Patrol, Bubble Guppies, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Thomas and Friends. You love Dr. Seuss books and any books with trains (of course).

You are now wearing a size 6-7 shoe (depending on the brand), 3T shirts and between 2T and 3T pants. Some 2T pants are starting to get short on you, but not much. And of course 3T pants you need to wear a belt. Still teeny tiny around the waist as always. 

I'm sure there are so many more things that I just can't think of right now. But you are just so amazing. We still can't believe that you are ours, and how we could be so lucky to have you. You are so sweet and nice, but also have a pretty stubborn streak. I am happy you are at least finally starting to show some spunk. 

We love you so much.You are such a joy and light in our lives. Thank you for being ours!

Weight: 29 pounds
Height: 37.6 inches

Mommy and Daddy

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