Avery would spend all day every day at her friends’ houses. We went to her little friend Aiden’s house and spent all day there one day this week and she still whined when we had to go home! She is really hard to keep entertained, but if we’re at someone’s house she’s happy as can be.
Avery is growing growing growing. Her 3T clothes are all too short and have mostly been put away. Her 4T clothes mostly fit, but I’m a little afraid they may be too small soon, because we have some 5T clothes and even 6T clothes that fit her fairly well. It’s so funny because until this Winter she always lagged a little behind the ages on the clothing tags, but now she’s ahead of them all!
Avery is learning to read. She knows most of her letters, although she still gets them confused sometimes. We started sounding out 3 letter words about two weeks ago and she mostly got frustrated. We tried again a couple days ago though, and she did pretty well. Yesterday we read lip, hit, pot and a few other similar 3 letter words. She wanted to read the word “CTR ring” so we had a little discussion about the “ing” combination, but I’m pretty sure she wasn’t really following.
Avery just got some scissors and she likes to practice cutting. She also really likes to paint and we put some cups of water with food coloring in them in the bathtub and let her play with those for a while this week and she thought that was great too. She’s been really interested in what colors mix to make what colors, so she thought it was cool that she could mix red and yellow water and get orange water. Of course, most of the time was spent with brownish black water dumping it between cups and buckets and bathtub, but she and Evelyn spent probably a half an hour happily playing with no fights, and we call that success.
She likes to make up stories and songs. The other day at bedtime she suddenly burst into tears. Ivan asked “What’s wrong?” and she said, “My cousins who live in Africa just died.” She told me a couple days later that they were alive again, so I guess all’s well that ends well?
We’ve been working a little bit on differentiating between pretend and real lately. I started saying “for pretend” when we would pretend so we could tell all our worlds apart, but this had an interesting side-effect.
About 3 months ago Avery got all excited because her friend Stephanie was going to have a baby brother soon and she started telling me that she was going to have a baby brother too. When she couldn’t convince me that I had a baby brother in my tummy like Stephanie’s mommy did, she started making up her own babies in her tummy. Pretty soon she was branching out and for a while she had not a baby brother, but a baby dog, cat and horse in her tummy.
She told us all the time that her stomach hurt and she thought the baby horse was biting the inside of her tummy and in the beginning she and Ivan would pretend to hear the baby cat meowing. It got fairly elaborate. Anyway, when we started differentiating between pretend and real life, I would say “that’s just for pretend,” or “let’s pretend…” and mostly she either agreed or went along with it, with the exception of her baby dog, cat and/or horse in her tummy. “They’re not pretend” she said. “Yeah, they’re pretend.” I said. “No they’re not! There’s really a baby horse in there!” We talked about it a couple times and she was pretty adamant about it, but after the second time or so, she slowly quit talking about her babies in her tummy. I haven’t heard about them in a couple weeks or so. It’s a little sad, but I thought it was a little hilarious that the one thing she was really set on being real wasn’t any of her exciting princess stories, or anything like that, but her baby dog, cat and horse.