Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Guess who's 4??

My Sammie Girl turned 4 years old yesterday.  Wow!  As she tells me all of the time, she's not a baby any more!  She's a big girl now.  As  I look back over the past year, I can not believe how much Samantha has grown and learned. These are just some of the things she can  do now...

Name most colors and shapes
Count to 20, not just by rote, but actually count 20 items
Recognize all of her letters and knows their sounds (For the most part anyway)
Draw people and flowers
Write an A, H, O, Q, F, E
Knows left and right
Balance and hop on one foot
Dress and undress herself
Ride a bike

Oh my, there is so much more that she can do! This past year, she just exploded in learning!

Sammie has also been doing well with her sensory processing.  She is now able to tell us when things bother her, physically, mentally, or emotionally.  For example, instead of screaming and crying, she will say, "The jeans hurt me when I wear them." or "There are too many people, can I go in the other room?" She also lets us know now when she needs the joint compressions to calm her down.  It makes life so much easier for everyone!

Samantha still loves all things princess, and now especially Ariel and Jasmine.  She loves make up and being "stylish."  And has to pick out her own clothes now.  She also still loves being outside, swinging, spinning, climbing and running.

What else can  I say about my Sammie girl.  She is sweet yet sassy, smart and funny.  She is so compassionate and giving. She loves her  little brother more  than anything and has become a Daddy's girl.  Sammie is Mommy's little helper and her cousin, Mikayla, is her "best friend forever."

I can't even remember what life was like with this  sweet girl.  When I imagined what my daughter would be like, I never imagined Sammie.  She is nothing like I expected, but so much more wonderful than I could have ever dreamed of.  She has been one of the greatest blessings in my life and has blessed so many others as well.

Everyday I feel blessed to be Samantha's mommy.