Avery turning 4 is sort of surreal for me.
I think it probably has a lot to do with the fact that I'm sitting here waiting on baby sister to arrive exactly 4 years after I was waiting on this little boy to join us and make us a family. My first baby. The one that would totally turn our lives upside down and make life so much more full and happy (and, on occasion, more frustrating too).
Avery is such a joy in our days. I can't even believe how fast he is growing and learning, it's hard for me to keep up. He continues to have the most creative and active imagination ever. He loves nature and learning about everything around him. He asks so many good questions, I love watching his wheels turn and am amazed at all the information he can retain.
In the last year, Avery has matured so much. His speech has gotten so clear and he's come out of his shell quite a bit. He's still a pretty quiet, laid-back dude around others but has really come a long way. He's also learned what to say and do to push our buttons, how to whine, how to instigate and pick on his brother and how to use his newfound independence and stubbornness to drive his mother to the brink of insanity ;)
Some things I don't want to forget about Avery as he turns 4:
Singing. His favorite songs are "Bear Necessities" and "I Just Can't Wait to be King"
Playing bear, deer hunter, and bad otter (based on the 'bad otter' in the movie Zootopia... it had quite the effect on him)
Talking about poop
Writing his name (mom, dad and Cullen too) and drawing big bucks and funny monsters
Teaching Cullen everything he knows... the good and the bad ("I taught Cullen that!")
Making up games for he and Cullen to play together
Playing with dad - he is OBSESSED with Justin, his daddy is truly his hero
Riding his scooter like a champ. He's also getting more confident on his big bike
Dancing - So You Think You Can Dance is BACK!
Jumping on the trampoline. He is very adamant about not jumping unless the net is securely zipped (after a little rolling-out episode, he learns quickly!)
Going on adventures in the woods
Wearing sunglasses and his favorite outfit - Black sport pants and a neon green long-sleeve shirt
Trucks, tractors and heavy equipment
Since about 6 months ago, Avery sneaks into our bed every night (we have nicknamed him our 'bedbug' because he's so sneaky) and I've adjusted to sleeping with my back to him to protect my belly from his twitchy kicking legs. In turn, he's adjusted to sleeping attached to me with his head between my shoulder blades. Somehow I've gotten used to this... although it could get interesting when baby sister takes up residence in our room very soon.
|(Baier is a friend of the family and Avery's babysitter - he LOVES her and her sister, Ellis.)|
In the fall, Avery is signed up to go to preschool 3 mornings a week and he's pretty excited about it. I'm excited to see him interacting with some new little friends and to see how he grows in a new environment. Until then, I'm excited to see him take on the 'big brother' role for a second time. He's so excited to meet baby sister!! Oh, how I love this little boy of mine... to the moon and back.