Last summer when we walked out of our house, if a neighborhood kid came to greet him, he would just bow his head and ignore them - now he is riding around with the pack, engaging in, and even initiating conversations. Earlier in the year he was just scribbling on paper when he colored, now he works to stay inside the lines and uses colors strategically. He moved out of his crib into a toddler bed. He dropped his naps. He has a concept of time ("What are we doing tomorrow? And the other morrow? And the other morrow?") and what is age appropriate ("Oh, that is for bigger boys."). He has finally learned to stay in his seat and remain generally quiet during Mass. The threes started out very rocky with lots of whining, temper tantrums, and general threenager craziness. Although we still deal with all that, things definitely improved through the year.
At four years old, Philip is:
Stubborn (as a mule)
Focused (on play)
A car fanatic
He loves sensory play.
He can be super focused, even in a room crowded with other kids - his Atrium teacher said that his ability to focus means he has a capacity for contemplative prayer - we shall see!
He likes working on projects and helping out in the kitchen - he especially loves making gingerbread cookies - asks to do it all the time!
He likes to be a little scared - if one of his TV programs is a bit scary, he will ask to watch it over and over and over.
He loves to find coins to put in his overflowing piggy bank.
He wants to wear his Georgia baseball hat all the time and he looks really good in it.
He totally knows how to be a big brother - he can be fun, protective, and also a huge pain to Julia.
He surprises me with random compliments. My latest compliment: "I love your sunglasses. They look like they have bubbles on them." (The bubbles were rhinestones.)
He can be challenging, but he keeps us on our toes.
This little boy of mine is so fun, so beautiful, and brings so much joy into our lives. I am beyond thankful that God made him my son.
I have always wanted to do a set of Birthday Questions that I can ask my kids each year on their birthdays. This was the first year that I felt like Philip was old enough to answer the questions. It took about four tries to get through all of them, and to get real answers because he was just being goofy sometimes (see question 1). I think this set gives a good encapsulation of where my little boy is right now.
Philip's 4-Year Old Birthday 21 Questions
1. How old are you? 8
2. What is your favorite color? Red...and green and purple.
3. What is your favorite toy? Dump truck
4. What do you like to learn about? Letters. It's pretty good...letter. Like, like letter pages.
5. What is your favorite TV show? Mickey and Donald Duck and Octonauts, and I love Lightening McQueen and the fox with it (Fox and the Hound).
6. What is your favorite food? Pancakes
7. What is your favorite game? Soccer is a game. I mean, I love soccer.
8. Where do you like to go? Chicka-lay
9. What is your favorite animal? Dinosaur
10. What is your favorite song? Carolina (by Need to Breathe - it was our theme song when going to the beach this summer)
11. What is your favorite book? Dinosaurumpus (by Tony Mitton)
12. Who is your best friend? Abby and Izzy
13. What makes you happy? Monster trucks
14. What do you like to do with your family? Race cares are pretty cool and they go real fast. Me: So...play race cars? Philip: Yes.
15. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Ride my bike a little bit.
16. What is your favorite holiday? Easter! Easter! Easter! Easter!
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Like robots and toys (factual answer - his stuffed bunnies)
18. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Hot Dogs
19. What was your favorite birthday gift? Hungry Hungry Hippos
20. What do you think about before you fall to sleep at night? 1st answer: Do you know? 2nd answer: Dancing.
21. What do you want to be when you grow up? A car racer. I want to be as big as you. Could I be as big as you, Mom?