4 Years Old

Dear Henry,

I just want to say that you don’t have a 3 year letter because I dropped the ball.  We were in the middle of selling our house and looking for a new one when you hit 3, and then we were almost homeless because we closed on our house and had yet to find a new one to move into until a week before we closed….it was a very stressful time.  So, sorry about that, my bad.

Recently you’ve just turned 4.  My itty bitty baby has been replaced with a sturdy, rambunctious, vivacious preschooler!  It’s just amazing to look how you’ve grown and changed through the last 4 years.

This past year you started your first year of preschool.  It was at a Montessori school, and you went Monday-Friday for half a day (8:30-12:30).  You loved your school, and had two major friends while there: Harry and Kennedy.  You seemed to really like going to school, and really liked your teacher Ms. Gabby.  For reasons I won’t get into now, you’re not going to be returning to that school, but are starting PreK at a private school 4 minutes from our house.  I’m really excited about it, and I’m hoping it’ll be a great fit.

Right now you’re super into puzzles.  I feel like you could do puzzles all day long.  It’s so interesting to watch you work a new puzzle.  The first time you work one, you’ll ask for help.  Then, once the puzzle is complete, you’ll take it apart in sections as if you’re memorizing each part.  Once you’ve learned the different parts, you’ll take the whole thing apart, and put it back together on your own.  Right now you’re consistently working on 50-100 piece puzzles.

You’re also taking gym classes once a week at The Little Gym.  It’s really helping your coordination, reflexes and motor skills.  You always have the biggest smile while you’re there.

The biggest transition for you this year is that you went from being an only child, to a big brother.  You were so excited to be a brother while I was pregnant, and once your brother arrived, you’re even more excited.  You constantly want to hold Ben, and feed him, and look at him while he’s awake.  You constantly ask “Are Ben’s eyes open?!”  Mostly because as a small infant he sleeps a lot, and you love to interact with him when he’s awake.  You help us with his diaper changes, and have been really great about being patient with us when we’re holding a fussy/crying/upset baby.  We couldn’t have asked for you to handle this transition any better.

You’re also into books, and we read at least one to you every night before bed, but lately you’ve been bringing books to us to read to you during the day.  There is also a small stack of books that you’ve memorized enough that you can “read” to us, which is just awesome.  You can “read”  Brown Bear, Snuggle Puppy, Where’s Spot and a few others.  You’re amazing.

I’m so proud of the little boy that you’re becoming.  Your so bright, loving, inquisitive, happy and empathetic – just to name a few.  I could literally go on for days using adjectives that describe you.  I’m so proud to be your Momma.  Thank you for being my wonderful little boy.  Try not to grow up so fast.




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