Four year old Amelia is creative and loves to tell stories. She also is in a boundary testing phase which is how I found myself spending most of her birthday restaurant outing sitting with her OUTSIDE of the restaurant while she composed herself (ahem). But she is so darn cute that even mid tantrum she managed to make friends with a random little old lady on the street and they ended up exchanging a hug, which put her back in the mood to exhibit restaurant manners. Four is a bit thunderstormy mood-wise.
Amelia requested chocolate pancakes for her birthday breakfast - that's pretty much her favourite breakfast. Amelia has strong preferences about what she eats but will eat pretty much anything if it's firmly suggested she should or if she thinks she might get dessert out of it (she has a raging sweet tooth!). She likes her pasta plain with ample quantities of parmesan sprinkled on top but not stirred in. Amelia likes most fruit but is not super fond of vegetables, especially not squash which she claims tastes like "rotten meat". She is finally out of diapers, but still has a lot of accidents. Mostly she deals with them herself, but not always in a timely manner - she does not appreciate having to pause her play for such trivialities.
In general she goes to bed without too much fuss. Her ideal bedtime is between 6pm and 6:30pm and she sleeps through the night until woken by alarms (usually Matthew). She described the routine as follows "We play that game where Matthew wakes me up and then I pretend to be cranky and scream" Matthew: "I don't like that game because then I get in trouble." Elizabeth says the best part about having her own room will be not hearing Matthew and Amelia fight so much in the morning.
An avid reader, Amelia likes to look at pictures and make up her own stories in addition to having someone who will read to her. She loves drawing and is now mostly drawing on sanctioned surfaces. Although she can occasionally be exhausting and brings a fair amount of drama to our lives, she is generally sunny and sweet and life is definitely a more interesting place with her in it.