And just like that, four seasons have been and gone and our little one is another year older.
Five – a whole handful! She is very proud to show people how ‘many’ she is with a thrust of her palm. I’d forgotten what it was like to be little and to feel so excited to be another year older. Bailey has been looking forward to being five for a good few months now. As soon as Christmas had been and gone, she was on to the next highlight of the year… her birthday.
Bailey, who just turned four, has of course been talking for ages, but recently she has been saying some particularly wonderful things. I have been trying to commit them to my memory, and have actually started jotting them down.
Four is the age that sees her wanting to climb and hide under our kitchen table. She loves to jumble herself around my legs whilst I am finishing off breakfast. Her vocabulary is very good, but she still says things ’incorrectly’, which often makes them all the more perfect. When she was a little younger she would mispronounce the word ‘elephant’, and say ‘elphalent’ (elle-fa-lent). It made me so happy to hear her almost get the word right, that I wasn’t in any hurry to correct her. I knew she’d get it eventually, and I knew a bit of me would be sad that she was no longer saying ‘elphalent’.
Bailey turned four at the beginning of the week. People always tell you how fast they grow up, and it’s true. I feel like I only just wrote Bailey turns three! I am so determined to drink it all in, and get the most of these early years. Of course Bailey was really ready to be another year older, and has been very excited about being able to hold up four fingers instead of three.
Turning from a three year old into a four year old, comes with lots of changes. Over the last year I have watched Bailey grow and develop her understanding of the world, and her place within it – not always with ease, and there has of course been frustrations and confusion along the way.
I have found that having a little one who is this age means we are often living in a place of extremes. She can quickly switch from oh so happy, to very cross, and then back again in an instant. This is very tiring, so I’m hoping the next year will be a little more even keeled.
So what is my sweet girl like as a newly four year old…
I wanted to do something a little different for this months Styling the Seasons. Since it is still bitterly cold, I wanted to come up with a fun activity that would involve Bailey, and that would fill a chilly February afternoon. I thought that since it is the month where we think of the ones we love, that that I would style a ‘Tea for two’ for Bailey and Bear – as there is no one Bailey loves more than her bear.
For this months Styling the Seasons Katy and Charlotte have teamed up with Laura Ashley to help them launch their Spring range. 12 of us regular Styling the Seasons bloggers have been lucky enough to choose a Laura Ashley product and roll of wall paper from their Spring range to help style our February surface.
This girl of mine is just about to turn three. I don’t know what it is about her birthday that makes me so reflective; but it only seems like yesterday that we were bringing her home from the hospital on a cold February day with the sky full of snow. We’d bought one of those super squidgy snowsuits which was miles too big for her. After we’d wrapped her up, all that was visible was this tiny little face, just a pair of eyes really. I couldn’t wait to get her home…