Sunday, May 20, 2018

Scarlett's 3.5 Year Old Update

I haven't done an update since Scarlett turned 3, so I felt like now would be a perfect time to do an another one.  It's hard to believe she'll be four at the end of the year!

Here's what's new with my silly girl:

Scarlett is potty trained! I'm so happy to announce she's out of pull-ups and has been completely day and night trained for the past two months.  She virtually had no accidents in the beginning and was excited to be in big girl underwear.  I was thrilled to not have to buy pull-ups anymore which are very expensive.  Scarlett is great at telling you when she has to go to the bathroom which I am grateful for.  Most kids are day trained long before they are night trained too so I am lucky it worked in my favor.  Our days are starting earlier since she wakes up early to go to the bathroom.  I'm not ready to be up at 6 AM, but I have no choice.  She used to sleep until 7:30-8, so the days are extra long lately!

I continue to be impressed with how much Scarlett knows.  She listens and remembers everything and you really have to watch what you say around her.  It's safe to say she's my little parrot! She knows more and more on a daily basis and sometimes I'm shocked with how much she has picked up. Her personality is fun and silly but mixed with a caring side.  She feels bad if someone gets hurt and is crying.  It's fun to hear her speak in full sentences and she's come a long way with her speech, especially since she was a late talker.

Scarlett is very big into music and TV these days.  Some of her favorite shows are Doc McStuffins, Mickey Mouse Club House, The Wiggles, PJ Masks, Peppa Pig, Masha and The Bear and more.  Music is also something that she loves and she has a big opinion on what she listens to.  She'll tell me to change a song if she doesn't like it, but will tell me when she loves one too.  It's pretty funny.  Her favorite songs are Train's Play That Song, Ed Sheeran's Perfect, Charlie Puth's One Call Away, and Imagine Dragons Thunder.  She loves to sing along to those songs and it always brings a smile to my face.

Preschool is over in mid June and the year flew by.  She goes 3 days a week now and is never thrilled when I have to pick her up.  I think she'd love to live there if given the opportunity! There's an end of the year show and dinner for the preschool families in the coming weeks and I can't wait to hear her sing in her class's show.  I'm sure it'll be adorable! I've asked her what songs she is singing, but she won't tell me.  I guess I'll be surprised.

Play-Doh and arts and crafts are what she enjoys most.  You'll always find her making something with Play-Doh or drawing in a coloring book with her crayons.  She also loves puzzles, magnatiles, and her doll house.

Food continues to be a love affair for my tiny tot.  Scarlett loves fruit and veggies as much as I love chocolate.  Of course she loves her fair share of junk food too, but she really is the healthiest eater I know.  She eats tomatoes and peppers and fruit all day long. I asked her if she wanted a piece of cake the other day and she said no, I want a red pepper! I hope she continues to love fruits and veggies for years to come.

Scarlett enjoys helping me cook and bake on a frequent basis.  She's always game for helping me mix some pancake batter or pouring rice into a measuring cup.  On Thursday morning I made her eggs for breakfast and she enjoyed cracking the eggs.  I then greased the pan and she said "so it doesn't stick!" That warmed my heart because that's the first step to cooking eggs.  It really shows me that she's paying attention and cares.  Who knows, maybe she'll have a career in cooking?

We have a bunch of things planned for the summer including going to Florida, going to see The Wiggles, and going away for a combined anniversary/birthday trip for me, among many other things. I know Scarlett will have a ton of fun at each place.  We'll be staying overnight on a scenic farm for the birthday/anniversary trip which Scarlett will love.  I had to make it kid friendly to keep her happy and entertained! No family was able to watch her so we could go alone, but that's ok!

My tiny girl is usually an easy-going child, but has her moments as of late.  She is really testing boundaries lately and pushing limits and some days are really challenging.  I am doing the best I can but sometimes she doesn't listen to anyone.  This is not an easy age! I have to count my blessings though because she is a good sleeper, good eater, and usually very patient.  You can't have everything, right?

I can't see where the next 6 months takes us.  This year is just flying by!

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