Another half year is behind us and six months of growth has definitely been noted.
For MG, 3 and a half means:
–routine-oriented: MG has finally come to grasp (and embrace) the daily routine and her place in it. She knows what day we go to the library and when we usually have friends over. She knows that every day after lunch she has “quiet time” in her room (because naps are no longer :() She understands the different seasons and how they fall in the year. She knows her birthday comes “after Daddy’s” and has a general sense of the way things work. This makes life a lot easier for me because she knows what to expect and she trusts us to carry that out. But it also leads to….
–lots of questions: so, so many questions. She is starting to ask questions even I don’t understand. “Why is the oven on the other side?” Things have gone from very concrete to very abstract. My great aunt passed away last month and this along with lots of talk about Easter has brought about so many deep questions. “Why do we have to die? Where is Heaven? But why does God want us to die? Will you die first? Will you miss me when I die? Why do our bodies stay buried in the ground?” Sometimes my mind just reels at having to answer all of these (theologically) correct without confusing her (and myself) more. The side-effect of the questions is…
–strong comprehension. I say this all the time but it amazing what she picks up on now. Even spelling some words is taboo because she understands context clues. A more beautiful side effect of this is her empathy. When I am upset about something she says things (and even brings me things) to help me feel better. I love seeing these traits being brought to the surface and pray that we can nurture them correctly
–a big imagination: Naps may be no longer, but MG is content to have “quiet time” in her room for a few hours each day. It didn’t start off very smoothly but we are at a great point with it now. A large part of this is how her imagination has developed. She has taught herself how to play independently. It is lovely and so fun to listen to. Dolls are still a big part of her imagination but lately she has really latched onto the story of Sleeping Beauty. We introduced her to some of the songs a few months ago and then gave her this to listen to as an Easter gift. She has the story and songs memorized and asks so many questions about it. We have held off showing her the movie because I was afraid some of the darker scenes might frighten her, but I think she will be ready for it this summer. I can’t wait to see her final reaction to it. Here is a typical scene of her talking about the story while drawing with markers:
Can’t believe we are half way to four….just plain crazy.