We made it! I am number 4.

Little A Princess Banana, future futurist, designer of grand designs, thinker of big thinks, has turned 4. I feel exhausted, and elated. She is a whirling dervish, quite literally.

Whirling dervish

Earlier last year Little A was annoyed by her fringe being in the way, and in the quintessential childhood rite of passage, she took the only sensible course of action, and chopped it off. There. Much better. She could see clearly now the hair had gone. All of the bad feelings had disappeared. Mummy’s? Well. I had a little cry on my own time.

It’s a pretty bad hair day, but she pulls it off amazingly well.

She loves fiercely and strongly, and is very protective of her sister, showing astounding levels of empathy for such a little being. When she’s not feeling all of the empathy, she takes her for a ride. Yes, like a horse.

Taking her sister for a ride. As you do.

I admit, I find her a challenge. As Katy Perry so eloquently sings, ‘Baby you’re a Firework’, and she’s intense. Her intelligence and non-stop chatter and questions and talking can get tiring, and her demands wearing. The tantrums? Well.. they are still those of a 3-year old. She wants what she wants. NOW. But she wants ME – because she loves me so, so, so, much. She’s beautiful, and creative, and she makes me melt. She’s been a little force ever since she was in the womb (now THERE’S a story for another day – stay tuned) and has been kick, kick, kicking while my womb kick kick kicked her back. They fought and she won. She loves to sunbake, she loves to dress like a Vogue fashion-designer, and she made an old man very happy before he passed away a few weeks ago.

Not yet embracing the ‘less is more’ approach to styling …

Little A and Pa









Even her quiet birthday at home on Wednesday was punctuated with Little A-shaped highlights. She committed her first shoplifting offence, which I have rectified, thankfully, so her record is still unbesmirched at her tender age. She loved a hat so much that she ripped the tags off and parked it firmly on her head, and was still wearing it, unnoticed by me, until she took it off and threw it down on the shopping centre floor 10 minutes later in a fit of rage (over an unrelated matter), at which point I noticed its continued presence. Oops. Back to the shop to pay.

Wearing the offending birthday hat

We experienced a hairy moment with the remote-control car (again, quite literally), and found that turning four can age you, very very, terrifyingly badly.


Car eats hair. On head. Tears.







It wouldn’t have been little A’s birthday without a few ‘events’. Happy birthday beautiful girl, with all of my love. xxx


33 thoughts on “We made it! I am number 4.

  1. This is a beautiful post. I love the way you’ve celebrated her in all her glory – good and bad. I, too, have a 4 year old with eerily similar qualities! It must have been a really bitter sweet month for you and your family. I’m linking this to the ‘Festa of Favourites’ at Francesca Writes Here too because I haven’t been this eloquent about my own kids for awhile :) http://www.francescawriteshere.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/francescas-festa-of-favourites-january.html

    • Oh Lara – you’re lovely. Thanks so much. I hope yours is there too cos I love your forty post. You must put it up. Off to check now. I’d have put it there myself if I’d know about it!! :) xx

    • She did thanks Carly – queen for a day on Saturday at her water party. We turned the back garden into a water park and invited 16 kids around. We’re mad. It was fun though!

  2. “Little A-shaped highlights” – great quote.

    Our little miss 2.5 sounds similar to your little lady. My dad says everyone is born with a certain level of energy and enthusiasm, which just means by the time she grows up, she’ll be an amazing person to be around. Happy birthday

  3. Happy Birthday to A and congratulations on surviving your first 4 years together! And yes, the self haircut – my now 7yo decided to give herself a haircut just before she started kindergarten. Great timing, that was interesting to rectify…

    • Thanks Kirsty! I think they all do it at some point – at least this one was unsalvageable! I just had to ignore it until it sorted itself out.

  4. She sounds like an awesome little fire cracker, just like my 4 year old. We also had a ‘near shoplifting experience’. That fringe is so funny, but I bet it wasn’t at the time! Glad I found your blog!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

CommentLuv badge