I know, right? Three-and-a-freakin-half. Where does the time go?
She may be getting older but she is still the kind, sweet, hilarious little person she has always been. She finally hit 30lbs recently (even up to 31lbs sometimes!) and wears 3T bottoms and has moved into 4T tops. She wears a size 7 shoe (just like Mommy!). She can put on her own coat and can zip it up as long as someone helps her get started. She is really getting more and more independent every day.
She loves to paint and draw lately. She can write her first name and can write out other words if we help her spell them. She loves drawing rainbows and people and, occasionally, submarines. She still loves to play pretend but her play situations have gone beyond simply imitating daily life and she creates more complex scenarios and characters. Her favourite, thus far, is playing "neighbour" wherein I am the neighbour, she is my neighbour, we live in different houses (sometimes it's the snow bank in the back yard, sometimes it's the dining room, sometimes it's her bedroom, etc.) and the entire thing revolves around us saying things like "Oh hi neighbour, my name is Mommy, would you like to come visit my house and stay for supper?" ad nauseum. She's really good at staying in character, to the point where I ask her to please call me Mommy in the grocery store so people don't think I am some weirdo with the neighbour's kid.
Playing in her "snow bedroom"
She created all these buildings for her characters (left to right) Mommy, Daddy, Charlotte, and Cole's (?) house, the fancy neighbours house, the hospital, the police station, and Grandma and Grandpa's house in the middle.
She still attends the same daycare and has recently moved from the toddler room to the preschool room. She LOVES it. She is always so excited to tell me about the things she has done that day and who she played with. Her teachers are great and there are always really neat things going on. She has a few friends that she plays with consistently and has been to a few birthday parties already.
She's had a few more illnesses and incidents this year than ever before in her life. She was very sick with a virus in October and was sick almost the whole month. She fell in June and needed to get stitches just above her lip. And in March, she experienced her first febrile seizure and I experienced my first 911 call and ambulance ride. She is one brave and resilient little girl, though, and she is no worse for the wear at all.
She still speaks like she is about three years older than she is. Her vocabulary and pronunciation are outstanding. She has recently started loving puzzles and can easily put together a 12-15 piece puzzle by herself. When she has the patience, she will also put together some 20 piece puzzles by herself. She still loves reading and we think she is starting to read words herself, but it's hard to tell because she has a stubborn side and will not cooperate if she doesn't want to. ;) She has moved on from simpler stories and really enjoys longer picture books like The Berenstain Bears, Franklin, Robert Munsch books, Clifford, etc. We have relented a bit and let her watch some television. She really likes Thomas, Sid The Science Kid, and The Wiggles. We have watched a few movies together (The Little Mermaid, yay!!), and we are hoping to bring her to see the new Disney "Bears" movie for her very first movie theatre experience.
Here are a few of 3.5 year old Charlotte favourites!
Book: She has a few go-tos that she likes: Mud Puddle, Going On A Bear Hunt, The Highway Rat, and Mouse Soup are a few current ones that we read a lot.
Activity: Playing with her cars. She brings out her car mat, sets it up, sets out all her cars in their specific "houses" on the mat, and then they interact with each other like people. It's really interesting and it's usually the very first thing she does after breakfast.
Food: If you ask her, she will tell you that broccoli chicken is her absolute favourite.
Toy: Charlotte Bunny is still her baby. She also loves her cars, specifically her "black Pontiac".
Colour: Still purple, but with pink and red thrown in occasionally.
Word/Phrase: "Are you serious? Are you kidding me?" haha
I love this sweet girl more and more every day. Every age gets better and better!