Turning four was a highly anticipated event for Elizabeth. Ever since she's taken every opportunity to let people know that she's four (AND a big sister). Four is apparently big. As Elizabeth said: "I can do it by myself. Four year olds can do such things."
One of the things Elizabeth was excited about was getting to wear her new light-up shoes. We'd bought them on sale a while ago and told her she could wear them when she was four. Apparently she decided that meant her feet would magically grow to fit overnight since she would finally be four. Actually there was quite a lot of begging to try them on in advance, although it was pretty obvious she still fits into her old half-size smaller shoes. In any case she put the new shoes on first thing in the morning and spent the rest of the day practically floating.
She had very definite ideas about her birthday celebration, and asked very nicely if she couldn't have candles on her cereal. I don't think we've ever tried that before, but it is trickier to pick wax off Mini Wheats than a cake. Elizabeth had been asking for a combined Hello Kitty and Zoo cake, which was a bit much for Mommy, so I compromised by making her a Hello Kitty cake for her actual birthday with a zoo cake coming for her party on Saturday.
At four Elizabeth measures 100.5 cm and weighs 32.8 lbs. She's not a picky eater at all anymore. There are a few things she prefers not to eat if given a choice such as tomato chunks, onions and carrots, but she does eat them. She can be a rather slow eater, especially if she is tired. Then she whines plaintively that she "needs feeding". There is a bit of a tendency to whine, though we think it is getting better.
Her favourite activities haven't changed all that much in the last year. She has quite the imagination and can play by herself without any problem. She's not nearly as worried about alligators anymore; now she's worried about wolves. One of her favourite games involves cuddling under a blanket and pretending that she's a toad in her hibernaculum, courtesy of about a billion repetitions of Crazy Stew's "Insectabet" song.
She's still a chatterbox, though her vocabulary and pronunciation have improved a lot. She loves big words, which can be rather amusing at times. Her "French" is still rather incomprehensible though. Part of the problem is a tendency to throw in random English, Japanese and what we strongly suspect is gibberish of her own making if she doesn't know the words she wants to use. She's quite capable of printing fairly legibly, but sometimes she prefers to just draw random squiggles and call it "writing" and we think she does the same thing with language! She can colour inside the lines, but mostly prefers to scribble wildly. In other words, she can be a bit impatient...
She's starting to try to sound out words and is pretty good at connecting letters to the proper phonics. This doesn't *quite* translate into "getting" the word but she's convinced that she's a good reader and all she needs is a little more practice before she'll be reading books like Mommy. Which is certainly true enough!
All in all she's a delightful and very proud four year old and we are lucky to have her around.