For those of you who are interested, here’s a glimpse into what living with a nearly Four-Year Old is like….
Most days are non-stop. I recently read that a child like P needs hours of exercise each day. That gives you some idea of what each day is like at our house. P can take anything that most people would consider a quiet activity and make it an active activity. Like not just reading the Billy Goats Gruff but re-enacting it 9 times in a row action movie style. I’m always the troll and I always get full-on tackled.
Meals continue to be a struggle. I have limited success doing things like making the meal a race (perhaps not safe but sometimes successful) or taking REALLY big bites (again not safe, but I did take first aid so…), but mostly we have a food standoff at supper and I feel like the sheriff in an old western facing off against Big Bad Bart and let me tell you Big Bad Bart is stubborn. He may not have a gun, but he is a force to be reckoned with.
“Shooting guns” are a constant source of fascination for Paolo which means he wants every toy that comes with one. Every time I tell him that’s for bigger kids he sighs and says something like “Maybe I can get that when I’m 16 (or 8 0r 10)”. However, any time a “shooting gun movie” commercial or actual movie is on he shouts “Change the channel! That’s a bad movie! That’s not for me! Change the channel!”
P had his flu shot this week. He strolled into the Doctor’s office and announced to the nurse, matter of factly, “I have to get my flu shot, then I’m going to E’s house”. This was the first time he took the shot in the arm. We counted to 10 in Spanish while the nurse delivered the shot and though his eyes watered he didn’t cry. When she was done he said, “Do you have a sucker?” And that was it. he’s growing up so fast. Next year it’ll be a tattoo.
And finally, here are a few of my favorite P quotes this month:
“Mom, what’s a ‘floozy’? (from What’s Up, Scooby Doo?”)
“Mom, what’s ‘Lovey Dovey’? (from What’s Up, Scooby Doo?”)
Dad: “Do you want to talk to Mom on the phone?
P: “Hi Mommy, I don’t want to talk to you. No thank you.”
“H is my best buddy…H won’t play with, me Mommy.”
“I’m so frus-ter-ated Mommy…what does frus-ter-ated mean?”
“Why does the Earth move around the Sun?”
“I’m hiccin’ up”