Somehow, I have had a hard time putting into words all the wonderful things I want to say about this boy of mine. He's four years old and practically perfect in every way. And just when I think I could go on & on about how amazing he is, he pulls some typical four year old shenanigans and frustrates me to no end. He has my stubbornness, and knowing that it comes from me is all the more challenging.
He is truly still our gentle, sweet soul. He's all about snuggles and is so very loving. His signature line is "I love being with you all the time". It's his highest statement of affection currently. If you are lucky enough to hear those words, you know you are in his good graces. I hear it at least 5+ times a day. He's all about physical touch and has no idea why anyone would need space. He doesn't even really seem to understand giving people space. He always wants to be close. Not all his friends appreciate this trait of his.
Liam likes order & organization. He's great at cleaning up and knows where everything goes. He's a master of puzzles & legos & loves books more than anything. The last few months we have started chapter books, and he has been enthralled. He snuggles up close, "Can you put your arm around me dad/mom?", always begging for one more chapter (unless he has fallen asleep while we read).
He's happiest outside and active! This last year, he really took to skiing. Midway through the season, everything just seemed to click up there for him. It has been so fun to watch him develop his skills. Same goes for seeing him go from balance bike to pedal bike. He's comfortable in the water, loves swimming, and seems to be more & more interested in t-ball, soccer, basketball, and golf as the days go on. We cannot wait to see where his skills rand interests really flourish!
He's fearless and seems to have all the confidence in the world. I love his willingness to try new things! He seems to be a bit of a thrill seeker. He's constantly aware of what others are doing and always wants to be in the middle of the activity of the moment. We are trying more to empathize that he can be the leader, and others will want to do what he does. But for now, he's content playing along with the choices of his friends and fitting himself right into their fun. For better or for worse, perhaps.
While most moments are sweet, he still has the ocasional crazy dramatic meltdown. He's knows how to get the tears flowing quickly and to dish out a little back talk. He knows how to push a few of our buttons and even pretend like he can't hear us at those ill-advised times. He's clever and so very smart. But for the most part, he has been such an easy kid. We love him deeply! And watching him be a big brother has been the most heart warming of all. He has simply flourished in this role. That's not to say there isn't the expected day to day wrestling & toy stealing, but he so genuinely cares about Finn. The brother bond continues to grow, with Liam teaching Finn in such a caring way. It is so very clear that he has absolutely captured the attention and adoration of his little brother. Gah, I just LOVE him. He made me a mother, and I have been beyond proud of him since that very first day!
And now some random tidbits about our cutie:
(some answered by him, some by me, because... 4 year olds..)
Height: 42 inches (87%)
Weight: 37 lbs (64%)
Favorite Book: Charlie and The Chocolate Factory - Rahl Dahl
Favorite Food: "Granola & Grapenuts"
Favorite Game: "Sneaky Snacky" Squirrel
Favorite Toy: "Legos!" Particularly the Creator series
Favorite Place to Go:"The big house" = Nana's house in Spokane
Favorite Song: "roll my windows down!" (Cruise- Florida Georgia Line)
Favorite Thing to Do: "Playing in the sandbox. Riding my bike. And running through sprinklers."
Favorite Question: Can you snuggle with me?
Biggest Challenge: Things out of place or not doing things the "right" way
Photos taken by the talented Kali Poulsen!