Maddox turned 4 last month on June 25th and if you’ve been following me for any time at all, you know I write a letter to my kids on their birthdays (and throughout the first year of their life). I hope they’ll cherish these letters one day.
We celebrated his birthday with another party at the splash pad. I love these parties as they’re free (plus what we spend on food/favors) and the kids have a blast. This year I decided to do it in the morning so it would be cooler than it was at his 3rd birthday party. It was so hot in the late afternoon/evening. I did it on a Monday because the kids he was inviting were all with mommas that could come during the day. Another bonus to that was NO ONE else was at the park (or maybe they saw us and left).
Here is the video I made of us his birthday party (it’s hard for me to film at events like this because I’m enjoying the moment and visiting with friends as well).
The older you get, the more I think your age starts to catch up to your height but that’s not the case…you just keep getting taller. At your well visit, you were a little over the 99% for your weight (46lb 8oz) and height (43 3/4 inches). You’re our big teddy bear. You’re the most cuddly one out of our kiddos and are sure to make someone feel loved.
Your personality at 4 is sensitive, a peace maker, and generally easy going, but lately you’ve can switch on a dime and become very frustrated and mad. Your fits are harder to bring down, but you have very few of them. Speaking of fits, you had the worst fit of your life at your 4 year well check. I earned a coffee and donut for sure that day. 15 minutes after your fit, you were all smiles with the nurses and doctor. It was so bizarre and I hope it never happens again.
You love to wrestle with daddy and fight with your brother, mostly with nerf guns or physical fights (re-enacting stuff y’all see on Power Rangers or something). You adore Beckham and don’t do much without him. You are sweet to your sister but do get annoyed with her if she “hits” you. You love to ride your bike, swim, hear stories, and play with your toys. You generally can enjoy any activity we have for you.
Your imaginary play has increased a ton and you play so well by yourself. You love Legos, trains, building things, and any other intricate thing. You just entered speech therapy last April and will continue it in the Fall. So far, you like it and I pray it helps you articulate better. You’re open to learning speech sounds and practicing them, but I have to be careful how hard I push as you get frustrated easily.
You are a very picky eater and rarely try new things. You do enjoy smoothies (thank goodness as I can sneak spinach and health foods in them), chicken nuggets, Mac n cheese (sometimes), green beans (from the can…don’t judge), oatmeal, PBJ (most of the time), and milk. I never know if you’e going to eat or not (even your favorites). I’m hoping you grow out of this fast. Regardless, something is making you grow big and tall.
I love you so much and am so lucky to be your mom. You always make me feel loved and I love your sweet spirit. Thank you for making me feel so loved!