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Ava is 3.5 Years Old

I miss the old format of describing Ava.  In honor of her turning 3.5, I thought I’d write one.

Independence/Motor Skills

  • Ava has great motor skills.  She’s very close to being able to brush her teeth on her own, she just needs help with the back parts of her teeth.
  • Speaking of teeth, Ava likes to have intricate routines.  When I brush her teeth, it’s three turns for brushing, and four mouthwash rinses using two different mouthwashes.
  • She’s taken an interest in other kids.  When we go places she asks if her friends will be there.  The other weekend we went to a place with a bouncy house.  She really liked this girl there about her age and started holding her hand.  I’m working on finding more friends for her.
  • Ava is getting really good at drawing. She makes pictures of people with identifiable features. She’s working on their expressions, so she’ll use eyebrows to show anger and mouths to show happy smiles. And she concentrates so hard when she draws! We try to feed her interests and respect her needs. I remember getting so mad when I was little and people didn’t take me seriously, so I understand.
  • The picture below is Peach Cat, which is Ava’s name for Princess Peach from Mario Odyssey.

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Foods and Liquids

  • Ava loves potatoes in every form.  Last weekend she had mashed potatoes for dinner, then french fries for lunch, then potato pancakes for dinner.  Then she demanded more french fries.
  • I think spaghetti is a close second.  Every time I put a soup in front of Ava she says, I don’t like [color] soup.  I like the red one, i.e. spaghetti.
  • Ava will eat any food that is created with egg beaters because she thinks it’s dessert.  She ate a ton of sweet potato souffle, even though she doesn’t like sweet potatoes, because I made the dish with an egg beater.  It will be interesting to see how I can make quesadillas using egg beaters.

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Sleep

  • I love daylight savings in the fall because it means Ava starts going to bed at a reasonable hour.  I was able to push her bedtime back to about 9 p.m., which is glorious and she naturally wakes up between 7:30 and 8:00.  Before daylight savings her regular bedtime was 10:30 and I had to wake her up at 8:30.  Do not wake Ava up, it might ruin the whole day.

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Language Skills

  • Ava’s language is amazing.  She says some very charming phrases like when she ran down the halls of the library saying “I’m running amuck!”
  • Ava is obsessed with the characters from Mario Odyssey: Mario, Bowser, and Princess Peach. She can talk about these characters for 30 minutes and she often wants us to act out different characters and tell you what the characters would say.

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