Well, here he is - 4 years old already! For Elmer's birthday, we went to the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park and met Grammie and Grampa there. We had so much fun riding the train, playing on the playground, and riding the carousel.
Then Grammie and Grampa unveiled the boys' birthday presents - new tricycles! Both of the boys got to try them out at the park where there was lots of room to roam.
After the park, we went home for our normal nap/quiet time, but after dinner, we had a brownie cake to celebrate. It was a really fun birthday!
Here are the usual stats from his annual exam:
- Height: 42 inches
- Weight: 38 lbs
But the big news was that Elmer needs glasses. We weren't surprised - I always knew that my children would be doomed and it was only a matter of time. Elmer does like to have his books up close, and wants to be close to the television when he's watching Mighty Machines (thanks for the recommendation, Rachel!), so the signs were there. We'll get him into an optometrist pretty soon and after that - glasses! I think he'll be pretty cute.
The other exciting news is that Elmer is officially a preschooler now! He started at a part time preschool the day before his birthday. He goes Mondays and Wednesdays for a couple of hours in the afternoon, and it's so fun to see him make friends and come home with a homework assignment for the weekend.
We're getting used to a new schedule, and I think preschool is just as good for us as it is for him. It's breaking us in gently: remembering to do the homework, getting reports from the teacher, and making valentines for his classmates for their Valentine's Day party! We'll be pros in no time, right?
It's so fun to see Elmer learning so much. He knows all his letters, and corrects us if we say the wrong words when reading familiar books. He loves to read and listen to audiobooks and music. For his quiet time, he's been listening to Lloyd Alexander's The Book of Three lately, but he also loves some Classical Kids episodes: Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery, Beethoven Lives Upstairs, and Hallelujah Handel. He's also getting to be much better at actually helping - he'll bring his plate and cup to the sink after meals, he'll help make his bed and put away his books, and he will help get himself dressed and undressed! I love discovering the things he can do, and it's a good challenge for me to give him more opportunities to be more independent and help.
Of course, this path isn't always smooth and easy - sometimes he needs more encouragement than others, and sometimes our expectations don't match his capabilities. And sometimes he's just a fussy four year old. But sometimes I really can't believe he's so big and grown. He was such a tiny little guy, not all that long ago!
And at 1:
and at 3:
We love him so much!