Friday, January 2, 2009

Last Christmas...

of a family of three that is.

We had a wonderfully uneventful holiday with events and get-togethers expanding over several days.

Christmas morning was filled with magic as Santa left Grant all his favorites: Lightning McQueen Race Track, Monster Trucks, and the Screamin' Banshee. He didn't even worry about Santa coming to the house this time. And the words straight from his mouth could not describe it any better--

"This is the best Christmas ever!!!"

(Like he could remember all three of them).

Grant is at the perfect age right now. Every age has is ups and downs, warm fuzzies and frustrating moments. But just as Grant is turning 4 years old, the positive moments far exceed the negative ones by about 20:1. EASILY.

I have dreamed about this day for several years now.

No more tantrums and sudden mood swings.

He can now carry on an conversation and can describe his feelings.

No more time outs.

He can now understand reasoning and consequences. Only occasionally do we have to threaten a time out.

No more doing EVERYTHING for him.

He can now put on his clothes, shoes and jacket and get himself a snack.

No more diapers and potty training issues.

He now goes to the potty without even telling me.

We are constantly amazed at his learning ability. He knows most of his letter sounds and is becoming very interested in the words on the page as we read books. He is a little sponge absorbing whatever information you give him. His never ending questions are a testimony to that fact.

So now, realizing he will be FOUR years old in two weeks, I just want to slam on the brakes and keep him my little boy forever. How can he be four years old? It seems so old. Age 1 to 3 is toddler/preschool age. But FOUR? Four is a big boy. School age. Independent. Opinionated.

He'll be 13 in a blink of an eye.

And just as we've gotten one independent little guy, in about two more months we get to start all over again.

Is it worth it? --

A million times, YES.

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