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Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Now you are five

Dear Keiden,

Today you're a whole five years old 0_o Wow! 

Goodness, goose when did this happen? Your foot was smaller than my thumb, and now it's as big as my hand. Really this growing-up business you're doing is going just a bit too far now. You're really not a baby anymore - but you'll always be my baby. Or as you've taking to saying lately, you're a big little. And that's probably the best way to describe you and all the things you do. You're getting bigger every day, but there are still plenty of things that remind me that you're my little.

Your year of four was an...interesting one for us. We have fought a lot, you think ears are ornaments and I get tired of repeating myself. I often describe what's going on as I'm Charlie Brown's teacher...so all you hear is "Whaamp whaamp." And while we've been fighting nearly every day you and daddy are just having the best time. Sometimes you two would have moments, but not anywhere near as many as you and I. It was really bothering mommy, just how much we'd fight - and it felt like you and daddy had all this cool things the two of you would do and we didn't. Yes, we have books and going to the library, but it just didn't seem anywhere near as many things as you and daddy have together.

It turns out I was just having my silly goose moment. You and daddy have games, but we have pop culture. We tend to enjoy the same music, and shows more than you and daddy. So it has helped mommy feel that we also have our special just us stuff to do together. It's something I'm very glad we have. And while there's lots of things we three do together, it's important (and really great) that you have something just you and mommy, and just you and daddy. 

The year of you being four is when our family made a new friend -and it's been great for all of us. When not at school you tend to spend most of your time around adults, so it's always a win when we find people who like spending time with you too. And who you like seeing. Mommy was reminded of this when we went out for my birthday supper a few weeks ago - no one was bothered with talking to you about things and you weren't shy with anyone. You being comfortable around our/your people is always great for me to see.

Some of the bigger things that happened this past year was your first time flying somewhere. You and I went with daddy on some of his work trips, and we were super lucky fishes with ah-ma and ah-he arranging for us to go visit them and aunty C, uncle E, and B and N in PE. Your first ever flight was to Johannesburg, and monkey you fly so much better than mommy does. Yay! You enjoyed going on the Guatrain - which you called the cowtrain :) We went on four trips, so that means you had eight flights. You are such a lucky fish. I hope you keep on enjoying going to places and flying well. With each trip we got to see some of our people - always fun. But I think you enjoyed going to PE the most. And while there were some ugh moments during our trips for the most they went well for us. I'm not to sure if there will be many trips this year, but I do know if they are at least we don't need to worry about you having a good time.

Goose, your swimming just keeps on improving. Yay! It's great that you are learning that the more you work at something the better you can get at it. Knowing that things aren't always easy, and sometimes you need to work hard at it is a good life skill to have in your pocket. Your writing of numbers and letters is improving as well - but not as much as your lego and puzzle building. You just enjoy doing those more. While we still read picture books, you've gotten big into chapter books. We started with The Twits, which you really enjoyed and have since read very many. You current favourite series is the tree house books - those have been reread many, many times. Oh, you can read some words too. So while you're not quite reading on your own yet, you are able to pick out some words. I hope that this year you get to reading on your own. There are very few things as good as sinking into a book you enjoy.

While I often tell people you're full of nonsense when they ask me how you are; you have also given me many super proud mommy moments. And then I tell everyone just how amazing you are. My goose, you are such a kind person. You've better understood that there are privileges and not everyone is as lucky a fish as you are, that when I tell you about things happening and that we're going to help by donating somethings you want to give almost everything you have. (And while that great, let's remember not to help so much that we'll need help too.) Monkey nose, you are also at times far more grown-up than most grown-ups I know. You're very good at saving, and delayed gratification...and just knowing when you've had enough. There have been many moments when you're peopled-out or just tired and say we should stay at home. Even now, on your birthday you told us that you want to stay at home today, and go do things on Saturday and Sunday. That my love is amazing. Knowing what you want, what you need, and doing what you can to make it happen is just all kinds of wow.

There is so much more I could say, but this is getting a bit long now. I think five will have all kinds of interesting and fun adventures for you - and us. Just remember to not be too silly.

Love you much. Love you always.
Mommy

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