Almost Four!

Clare is now 3 ½ !  She seems to grow taller and taller every week.  I don’t always notice it but when I peek in on her before going to bed and I see those long legs it so often makes me pause.  Growing up before our eyes…indeed she is.

She is weighing in at 35 pounds although each week Robert and I swear she is nearing 40 pounds—unbelievably heavy!  How tall is she?  Well, that’s a great question!  I will update this post with that info as I can never find that tape measure when I need it.  😉

The three’s have been challenging as she is certainly ever so eager to explore the vast world in front of her.  Her independence shines though every day.  Her teacher pulled me aside a few months ago to tell me that Clare is one who knows what she wants.  I thought to myself, oh dear…shades of bossiness coming though?!  My sister tells me that is an inherent trait with the first born child.   I’m thinking that is sister’s way of telling me…payback time!  😉

Clare  goes through her phases but at the moment she is all about wearing dresses (every day) and her play necklaces.  She is very nurturing—loves to squeeze her kitty cats and tell them how much she loves them.  Her baby dolls are given the best care…she changes their diapers and makes them ‘pretend’ breakfast.

Empathy…to our amazement, she discovered this shortly before turning 3.  While watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse one morning, tears fell down her cheeks as she watched a sad Goofy.  So sensitive yet so determined.

Methodical and systematic are two other traits I would use to describe Clare.  I’ll save the fun details for another post but safe to say, we recognized these traits in her as early as 9 months of age.

Clare’s vocabulary has exploded since turning 3.  I try to take note of the many times when she says something and Robert and I have to do a double-take.  Here’s a sample of some of those Clare-isms and words that are unique to only Clare (“clare-speak” as we call it).

Clare-Speak:

  • LaMote = Remote
  • Toomanno = Tomorrow
  • Lellllow = Yellow
  • Hewba Loop:  Hoola Hoop
  • Hanitizer = Hand Sanitizer
  • Automagically = Automatically (this comes from the public restrooms—she cannot tolerate the toilets that flush automatically…too loud for her ears.  Yes, road trips are always an adventure with Clare).
  • Marshmallow = Mushroom (she has finally started calling them mushrooms…loves them on her pizza and loves to eat them at PopPop’s house).
  • Nornado = Tornado
  • The Reest = The Priest
  • The EBS Truck!  = The UPS truck (Clare LOVES to spot the UPS truck!  Only recently, she asked me “Mommy, why is the EBS man always wearing the same clothes?”  That’s my girl!)
  • The little Frank = Franklin, one her kitty cats
  • WaWa = Wyeth, her other kitty cat
  • Wonderland = Disney World “Where Mickey lives”
  • Deesh = Drink (now this one she stopped saying probably around 5 months ago, but she still occasionally uses her clare-speak when talking about my or Robert’s drink).

Clare-isms:

  • Yesterday:  the time that lapses between today and “yesterday”.  She’ll remember a story that occurred 6 months ago and say, “remember, yesterday, when I was two…”
  • When you do things on accident, its okay, but you don’t do it on purpose.  “But, but, I didn’t do it on purpose!”
  • Whenever we see a bird, Clare always says (quite emphatically), “No…it’s not a bird, it’s an EAGLE…a BALD Eagle, Mommy!!”
  • “Hey, do you have a baby in your belly?”  I was flabbergasted when I heard that sentence leave her mouth at hhgregg back In January when the sales associate (MALE sales associate) was helping us buy a washer and dryer.  Talk about thinking fast…I immediately tried to talk over Clare in hopes the nice gentleman didn’t hear her.
  • “Read like me, Mommy”:  She LOVES to read books and lately, she tires her hardest to instruct me to read like her (can you tell she enjoys playing the teacher role?!)
  • “Don’t stare, Mommy!”—We explain to her it’s not polite to stare at people and one time when we were at a restaurant, out of the blue, Clare made this comment to me.

And lastly, we so often get a “Did you know…?” when picking her up from school.  It really amazes us how much a toddlers mind can learn, retain and then act on.  I’ll have to scan some of her drawings…she has gone from scribbling lines to forming letters to spelling her name to now drawing tangible objects.  Today, she drew a sunflower (she had to make sure she had brown paint) with “dark green” grass, a rainbow (don’t forget there’s purple too) rain drops and a bird.  Our little artist-in-the-making.

Did you Know…?

  • “Jupiter is the largest planet”
  • “Saturn is the planet with rings”
  • “You need to take a rocket ship to get to outer space”
  • “A Nornado looks like a carrot”  That would be ‘tornado”.
  • “Yoga helps get the wiggles out”
  • “The white stuff in a fish tank is algae” (we were at a restaurant and Clare made this comment while checking out the fish tank)

Her loves include Little Einsteins, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Tigger and Pooh and Thomas the Train…Her bike, her blocks (building towers is one of her passions), the park(s), the beach, painting, Ruff and Fig (her stuffed animals) and most importantly, her family, her many friends and amazing teachers at The Goddard School!

Thank you, God for blessing us with this gift—such an incredible and precious daughter.

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