Our firstborn is now FOUR years old! So exciting! I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again, although the years seem to fly by, I do not want time to stand still. Each year, milestone, and adventure is better than the last. You cannot stop time and lamenting about its passing is futile. I treasure all of my memories and am so excited for what’s next. I love Vivian so much as a four-year-old – her personality, sweetness, intelligence, energy – I would not take away any of it to go back in time. At four-years-old, she still asks for snuggles from us daily. She is an amazing big sister to Lillian and we are so excited to see her relationship with her baby brother blossom. She has entered her second year of preschool and is very smart – she’ll do fine in school, for sure. She still swims, dances, and takes Spanish lessons. She loves riding her bike (summer goal – no training wheels!), books, arts/crafts, playing outside, and pretending and imagining. Although life can be dramatic at this age, it’s still very, very good.
When you are turning four, your birthday is a big deal. The night before her birthday, Dan and I decorated the house with streamers and balloons and made a display of all of her presents. It was so fun to watch her take it all in the next morning.
After she and I dropped Lillian off at daycare, we went to Starbucks and then picked up my Mom from the airport. Having Nana here for her birthday was a wonderful treat. The two of them baked her birthday cake for her party the next day while I went to my 39-week OB doctor appointment. For dinner that night, we went out to eat at BJ’s, which we’ve also done for birthdays 2 and 3.
And then, of course, there were presents!
The day after her birthday, she continued the celebrations with a small Rapunzel/princess party at our house.
Finally, on the Monday that she returned to preschool (her baby brother’s due date!), she brought treats in for her class (which Nana helped her make) and got to wear a crown all day and be interviewed by her teacher. [Note that half of the answers to her interview questions are false. She’s actually never been to McDonald’s in her life (I don’t even know if she knows what it is), but she didn’t have an answer to that question and so her teacher prompted her with a list of “restaurants,” the first of which was McDonald’s. Also, as far as I know, she’s never watched Paw Patrol or Spider-Man, at least at home (although I know that she’s familiar with the characters).]
Happy Birthday, Vivian! We love having a four-year-old and are so excited for all of this next year’s adventures with you!