What Little Bug is up to at 3 years, 4 months old.

Little Bug’s imaginative and pretend play has really taken off since her 3rd birthday. It has been so cool to watch this. She is always talking to “the Disney friends”.

In the car, she will ask for a certain song and then, without fail, she will say in one breath: Disney friends, are you singing with me? Uh-huh!

Her imagination has revolutionized my role as her mother – I no longer have to entertain her every.second.of.the.day. She finally plays independently at times (or with her sister) allowing me to clean up the kitchen from a meal or throw a load of laundry in the machine…in peace!

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Little Bug loves our learning time! We do this after her roomtime and she usually leaves her room asking me, “Mommy what activity are we going to do today?!”.

I love this time too. I love teaching my girl and seeing her learn. It is special time for us.

Even though she is going to preschool this year, I still plan to have learning time with her on the three days a week she is not in preschool.

Little Bug loves to play Hide-N-Seek!

Little Bug and Sweet Pea are interacting more than ever now that Sweet Pea is mobile! Little Bug loves her dearly, however, she tends to be rough with her! She loves to lay on top of her. Sweet Pea doesn’t seem to mind but I’m afraid she will get hurt. We did go through a phase where Little Bug would want whatever Sweet Pea had. It didn’t matter what it was. If Sweet Pea had it, she wanted it. We had to teach Little Bug to not snatch from her sister and that she shows love to her sister when she shares with her.

Little Bug watches out for Sweet Pea. And she does love to do things for her, like get her a sippy of water or feed her some bites of food.

I look forward to seeing these two play even more together in the coming year. They start their mornings by playing together right after breakfast!

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Little Bug still LOVES the outdoors. She has loved the outdoors since she was a baby! It is just so hot right now that our outside time is so limited. She begs to go to the park but the heat is seriously unbearable unless it is very early or very late and those times aren’t always convenient for going to the park. She loves her little pool in our backyard and the water table so we try to stick to those “cool” activities outside for the time being.

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Little Bug has improved significantly in her “mess making”. I started making her clean up her own messes and that helped her to not make a mess for the sake of making a mess (with toys).

Little Bug could win an award for “Messiest Eater” but not anymore! Unless it is just a “messy” type of food, Little Bug has gotten very good at keeping her meal time messes to a minimum! I thought I’d never see the day!

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Little Bug’s spit-fire personality becomes more and more apparent the older she gets! She is a master manipulator. She knows I’m a “tough Mama” and expect her to obey the first time. Yet, she is a master of dragging out the bedtime routine, no matter how much we just stick to her routine. And, as only Little Bug could do, she has figured a way to drag it out even more as, up until this point, I was able to squelch all her attempts to prolong bedtime. She has started calling me back for “one more hug and kiss”. In a way this makes me feel very good because she knows her Mama loves her endlessly and will never deny her hugs and kisses…but the turkey is using this to HER advantage!!! Knowing I would never say “no” to one more hug and kiss, I now go back twice to give her one more hug and kiss but she knows that is IT and after the third hug and kiss the door is closed and it is time to go to sleep!

I find myself saying “that girl” a million times a day!!! God knew she needed a mother who would pull the reigns in on her, but yet help her channel her energy and zest for life into good, productive things. That is the type of mother I strive to be for Little Bug. I want to see this little girl grow up and use these skills she has for God!!

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She is one special kid with potential that reaches beyond the skies. I saw that in her as a tiny baby and I cannot wait to see what God does with this little firecracker who already at the age of three KNOWS what she wants and how she is going to accomplish it.

At 38 months she moved from her crib to a toddler bed and did very well with the transition and her new Sleep Time rules.

She sleeps 11-11.5 hours at night and takes a 2-2.5 hour nap in the afternoon.

It is hard to believe she is nearly 3.5 years old!

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