almost FOUR!

Oh my Little Bug! She is around the corner from turning FOUR!

I remember taking this picture like it was yesterday. Little Bug was exactly one month old and I had finally gotten her to sleep and laid her down on the bouncy chair. I can remember just looking at her and taking her in – she was my baby!! I wasn’t babysitting! I was actually a mother to this adorable baby girl!

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Where do I even begin in describing this girl?!

The days are long but the years are short is a good start, I think.

Little Bug’s strong personality becomes more apparent with every passing year. She is a smart, confident little girl that never meets a stranger. She befriends everyone – and age does not matter. She has “best friends” who are 100 years old (her great-great-grandma who passed away last spring) all the way down to the little girl she “met” while sitting on the toilet in the restroom at Cracker Barrel.

Let me tell this story:

We walked into the restroom, entered a stall and Little Bug became aware there was a “friend” in the stall next to her. So she said (as she sat on the toilet), “Hey!! How old are you?!”.

And the little girl replied, “Six! How old are you?”

Little Bug said, “Free!” {Three}

And then they continued to talk about whatever 6 and 3 year old girls talk about while peeing in a public bathroom!

The little girl was finished before Little Bug and left the restroom before Little Bug was out of her stall and Little Bug was so forlorn that she did not get to see her new friend.

Whereas some kids shy away from adults, Little Bug does not. If the person is Mommy or Daddy’s friend, Grams or Gramps’ friend, they are her friends too! And any kid who comes to the neighborhood park is automatically Little Bug’s friend. Little Bug captivates everyone she meets. Her spunky, talkative, charming personality draws people to her.

She is an extrovert through and through. She is not an introvert at all.

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This larger than life personality leaves this Mama feeling run down many days because with her spunk comes a stubborn streak that can make for some very long days! There is never any question or doubt about what Little Bug thinks about anything. She has an opinion about everything!

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At nearly four years old Little Bug loves: dress up, Disney, princesses, FOOD (more on that in a min), orange juice, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, parks, outside play, being around family, building forts, pretending to put people to sleep in her bed and picking flowers to give to Mommy.

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I cannot keep this girl full!!! She literally eats all day long – from the time she wakes up until the time she goes to bed. She will get up from a meal after eating adult-sized portions and say, “I’m hungry! Can I have a snack?”!! As a general rule, my kids don’t snack much because snacking can make a child not eat their meals well for lack of hunger, but Little Bug is always hungry so I am always feeding her it seems! As long as the snacks don’t interfere with her three daily meals, she can snack all she wants to be able to get the food she needs. It is amazing how much this girl eats! I guess she is in some major growth spurt because shirts that fit her just a couple months ago are now too short on her!

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Little Bug loves books. She always has. She loves to be read to and, recently, she has figured out that getting a large stack of books and reading them on her own is very fun, too!

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At almost four, she is still napping daily. There is the occasional missed nap here and there, but when she does not nap, it shows, so we still have a daily naptime. She naps usually 2-2.5 hours. Bedtime is 8-8:15pm and she gets up around 8am.

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It’s a little hard to wrap my mind around the fact that I have an almost four-year-old. I remember the days wondering if I’d ever be a mother and here I’m almost the mom of a four-year-old!! It’s been a wild and crazy four years with this girl and I look forward to many more adventures with the little girl who made me a Mommy.

6 thoughts on “almost FOUR!

  1. Her and Miller are SO much alike…from the eating to the extrovert. You could have been describing him. I wish we could get them together.

  2. Sometimes when you describe little bug….all I hear is me saying the exact same things about my William (who will be five in early April). I am amazed how time flies and I was just saying that quote: the days are long but the years are short, this morning. I think God knew what He was doing when he orchestrated the adoption of Little Bug to you and Dave. He knew He needed to place this child with the parents she needed and the ones He chose for her.
    kd

  3. Kareleen, I TOTALLY agree with you! LB is in the family she was supposed to be in and I 100% believe God created both girls for Dave & Elaine! I love my granddaughters very much! Your words blessed me!

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