You are 57 months old today.
Fortunately, we spent a good portion of these past two months in FL so you had plenty to distract you and, if that didn't work, I had extra people to foist your stink eye onto.
We also had your annual physical with Dr. Ettner. It was clear to both of us that you are in excellent physical condition and he remarked, "FL does wonders for the girls. All that swimming has made their bodies very strong." Here were your stats for August (with your stats from last year in parenthesis):
Height: 43" (40 1/2")
Weight: 39 lbs (35 lbs)
Shoe size: 10 (8-9)
You are mostly wearing size 5 clothes at this point as size 4 finds the arms/legs too short and the chest too narrow although for your winter coat this year we went up to a size 6 to accommodate extra layers.
Oh Winter. I don't think any of us are ready for that. Well, maybe you are. You seem able to be up for whatever the day holds. Perhaps it is because anything is better than the small world of the orphanage where you lived the first nearly 2 years of your life. Or perhaps you are just a natural explorer, curious and full of adventure.
This has been one of the hardest things to teach you as you seem not to care when something gets broken or lost. Toys are tossed aside or broken without so much as a backward glance. I struggle with how many toys we have accumulated. If I just get rid of some of them it will reinforce your view that nothing is permanent, don't get attached because it could disappear tomorrow. On the other hand, I want you to know that your things are special and should be treated with care.
For now, leaving home and returning with your family intact seems to be enough.