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Lulu is 4!!!

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Like every year, I waited to do the birthday post until after they’ve had their annual check-up (which I think I didn’t do last year…).

height: 42.25″
weight: 38 lbs.

She grew 3 1/4″ since last year and gained 2lbs! That’s the good news. The bad (-ish) news is that she failed her eye exam. We (her father) noticed that she hasn’t been able to see certain things, like the numbers on the cable box clock. Sure enough, she had a hard time with the exam at the Dr.’s office. I made an appointment with a pediatric eye doctor for next month and most likely she will be getting glasses.

Other than that, she was a trooper all the way through her appointment, and especially when the two nurses came in and administered FOUR vaccinations. Poor kid.

We celebrated Lulu’s birthday a few weeks ago. We had another nice party for her at Grammy K’s house (I haven’t downloaded photos off of the card yet because our card reader died.) She was very excited for her birthday this year and couldn’t wait to have cake and open presents. I wanted to make a big deal out of it since she “got it” this year.

We got her a big girl bike.

This bike

The only problem is that neither of us has the patience to teach her how to ride it. We will, it’s just hard because she doesn’t seem to understand how to pedal. Or, part of the problem is that she just can’t see.

Over the past year she has learned and grown so much. I guess I will probably say this as every year goes by, but it is astonishing to watch it happen. Her first year of preschool was a huge success. She really came out of her shell, made friends, learned some gymnastics and really just became very social and outgoing. She has no issue going up to another kid she doesn’t know and saying “Hi, I’m Lulu. What’s your name?”

First day of school

Last day of school

Her teachers really loved her. They thought she was adorable, has a really funny sense of humor with things that she’d say and they always told me how amazed they were at how smart she is.

The end of the school year caught up to us really fast and I was a little sad for her because I knew that she would be missing it.

Lu in class before her first field trip to the Children’s Museum

In school, drawing a picture

It was kind of funny because the road leading up to the school is being developed with houses. Every week we watched the progress of one house, which was only a foundation when the school year started, and by the end of the year it was fully built and landscaped. I couldn’t help myself not to be sappy about it and compare to her during the course of the school year.

Swimming is still a Saturday morning activity. Her teacher is really great at pushing her to excel. She actually put Lulu up a level so that she could still keep teaching her because she thought she’d be held back in the lower level with a different instructor. She is learning how to swim without the comfort of the bubble. She still uses a noodle but she has swam the short width of the pool without anything, which is amazing.

She’s also learning to put her face fully in the water. She’s still working on it.

Some of her typical favorite activities are: playing with Play Doh, drawing pictures and doing puzzles (she must get that last part from Grammy Frazier. She’s a WHIZ and putting puzzles together!) She is into Curious George books and the tv show. Her favorite stuffed animal is Spike the hedgehog and she sleeps with him every night.

A portrait of Spike

Spike

She sometimes sneaks my iPhone away from me to play around with it. When I get it back I find a million pics that she has taken of herself. While a lot of them are sometimes just the top of her head, some of them crack me up and end up being keepers. (You can click on each strip to see it larger)

I could go on and on pointing out every little nuance, but I won’t. I will say that she has an adventurous spirit and a quirky sense of humor. She’s a generous and sweet kid and I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for her.

 

And of course, a look back:

fresh out of the oven!


Happy 1st Birthday, Lulu!

 

Happy 2nd Birthday!

Three!

 

4th birthday-sitting on Mom’s motorcycle

Drawing Daddy

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Two different interpretations of the same subject: Daddy

Rosie's drawing

 

one of Lulu's many pictures of Dad