Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Things Ina Says: 4 Years

 At One you were a sweetie

 At Two you were a star

 At Three you were a charmer

 But now guess what you are? You’re lovable and clever. You’re smart and cute and more! There’s just no end to all the things you are now that you’re four!

 

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(This was written on the card my grandma gave Ina and I couldn’t even finish reading it to her because I was crying so hard. How is she 4?!!?)

Here are some funny things that my four year old has said lately:

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We left Granny’s house with some cupcakes and I told Ina she couldn’t have one until after dinner when we were home. A few minutes later she said, “Mom, I can’t stop thinking about those cupcakes. They are doing a dance in my brain."

Confirmation that she is my child.

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We were watching Octonauts and Ina said, “Mom, Shellington is a scientist! He is so smart"

I have to admit I wanted to impress her a little and said, “You know, Ina, I am a scientist."

Ina snorted/laughed and said, “No, you are not!"

I spent the next few minutes trying to explain to her that I was in fact a pharmacokinetic scientist and never had her convinced. Then, a few days later, we were in the car and Ina asked me, “How big is Earth?"

Me: I don’t know, but I am sure there are some scientists who do.

Ina: But, Mom, I thought you were a scientist?

She got me. 

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Cora, Ina, and I were dancing to a song on the garage radio and Ina stops me, puts her hand on my leg and says, “Mom. Don’t do that dance. That is a bad dance."

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A family member told Ina she was beautiful and she said, “Well, I am above average."

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Driving to daycare one day Ina asked, “Mom, are you going to die before me?"

I was very concerned about how to answer this, chose my words wisely, and broke the news to her that, yes, more than likely, while preparing myself for her to be upset.

Instead, a huge smile popped on her face and she said, “Yay! Then I can drive myself to Kauffman and Hallaway’s house!"

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Cora took something from Ina and Ina pounded her in the leg. I yelled, “Ina’ don’t do that!"

She looked at me surprised and said, “Oh, mom, I didn’t know you were watching."

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A few other notes about 4 years

  • Ina can participate in and completely understands adult conversations. You never know when she is listening.
  • She wants to be an underwater scientist when she grows up. 
  • She has an incredibly tender heart and loves with all of it. She requires no less than 5 hugs and kisses before I leave for work everyday. 
  • She likes being a big sister and is mostly helpful.
  • She loves to walk guests out to their cars when they leave and says, “Safe travels, roads are slick!” even in the middle of summer. 
  • She likes “goodies” and always asks for one (for breakfast, a snack, after dinner, etc.)
  • She continues to love puzzles, stickers, and coloring and can entertain herself for an hour at a time if she is assigned a task.

I keep thinking I can’t possibly love her more and she continues to prove me wrong. I am so looking forward to watching her bloom.

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