Friday, December 10, 2010

Anna is 4 years 2 months old.Dec9_Outside

It’s been a rather relaxed week. Anna had her belated 4 year checkup on Tuesday and got 4 shots, so she was a bit cuddly and tired while her body was dealing with them. She had vision and hearing tests, both of them checked out fine. She is still a tiny little thing – 8% in height, but she doesn’t have anyone even remotely tall in the family. She will probably always stay “petite”. Her theme in preschool was creative canvas, and they did some nice decorations. At home we said “goodbye” to Hanukkah, ate another plate of latkes and played. Anna finally had her fill of Polly Pockets and returned to Lego and Tinkertoys. For some reason Tinkertoys always remind her of fishing. Dec5_Playdoh She transforms the couch in her room into a boat and sets out to find India. Tinkertoys are fishing rods, fish, boat engine and tools “to fix the boat if it leaks”. Of course, I have to come too – sometimes I am very jealous of families with kids who are close in age. She also loves making people with her playdoh and decorate them in various ways. It’s pretty neat to have these evenings when I cook, Anna plays with her playdoh and listens to Christmas music, and the world seems so cozy and bright.Dec4_Gymnastics

We attended a gymnastics birthday party for Anna’s friend last Saturday. Anna loved the obstacle course that was set up, and especially this big trampoline. It made me realize that she could really use more daily exercise, since swinging on a swing in the park can hardly be considered one. We have a plan of having her learn to swim before next year comes around, so she will probably start swimming classes some time after Christmas. We were also considering an afternoon language program, but apparently finding a teacher for either German or Russian is a lot more difficult than we thought, so I am not sure whether it’s going to work or not.

12 comments:

Christy said...

Reagan is in the 95th percentile for height!

I'm hoping to sign my kids up for swimming lessons after the holidays. T used to be on the swim team when he was younger, but we have yet to teach C and R to swim and that makes everything difficult in the summer.

MaryAnne said...

I'd be curious to stand Anna next to 99th percentile Lily! All of my kids are above-average for height (as are Mike and I), but Lily takes the cake! I am always having to remind myself that she is only 16 months old, because she looks and frequently acts older.

And yes, the ability to entertain one another is probably the best thing about having young children who are close in age.

Debbie said...

We determined that Selena is square at 40.7 inches tall and weight at 40.7...that was funny, she is about 95 percentile for her age.

I enjoyed having my two children close in age at times, but there was always the moments when they did not see eye to eye nor get a long. Sometimes the bickering was more then the getting a long.

Ticia said...

My kids tend towards small too.

My boys have been taunting Princess with her 4 year check up, I've been downplaying it and waiting for when we were able to get it (the downside of a really good doctor, they're always booked).

Julie said...

M is only around the 10% percentile for height - maybe less now, we'll see at her 4 yr appt in March. C on the other hand has always been 95-100th in height! We haven't played with Play Doh in a while. I need to get it out because they really love it.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Tiny! I think C would tower over Anna - but she'd love to go fishing in India, I'm sure :)

Our Homeschool Fun said...

We haven't given Tinkertoys a try but I've always wanted to.

You have some super goals for Anna!! I hope she has a blast learning to swim. She looks like she was having a lot of fun at the party too jumping:-).

Joyful Learner said...

I have a solution...one of us moves next door to each other and K and A can entertain each other! K is petite too.

Kim said...

I totally understand your envy of people with siblings that play together. Sometimes playing their pretend games gets a little tedious... Crumpet has a little friend next door that practically lives here now. It's really nice when they play well, and I sit around wondering what to do with myself. When they fight though, (which is often) I want to rip my hair out. I'm not sure a sibling would actually be all that great...
;)
Sorry it was time for Anna's shots. The 4 shots at 4 years old is just a miserable experience...

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

The gymnastics party looks like a lot of fun! Always great to see what you guys are up to!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I hear you about being jealous of families with children who can play together. :) I love Matthew, but I am so not a playing type of mama, this is something I really need to work on and learn to enjoy.

She is so creative with her tinkertoys! I just love her imagination!

Pathfinder Mom said...

I had a woman that I know say to another woman who was considering having a second child "Do you want to be the playmate or the referee?" I thought that was oh, so true based on my observations of friend's families.

I'm pretty content to be the playmate most of the time, but it can be draining. I'm always somewhat stunned at the noise level when we have playdates here. I always think TB's loud on his own and then we amplify it with other kids and it quickly grows to deafening!