At 3 1/2 she seems so much more like a little kid. There aren't the drastic changes like with Todd from month to month, but these little changes that sneak up on you. It's bittersweet to think about what she was like just a year ago. Probably the biggest change I see happening is her gaining more independence from her blanket. She leaves the house without it a lot lately and even told me this past week she didn't need it for school. She's done this all on her own and it's really nice that she's getting her confidence, but knowing that the blanket days may soon be over is hard.
Elle started back at Sonshine school this month and loves to tell people she's in preschool. She's loving her new class and teachers, Ms. Amanda and Ms. Jane. She can write her name, but we're still working on how many lines go in the E. She also has started drawing faces, which is her first recognizable drawing. She's in to what she likes to call collections. Groups of the same objects. She'll stick with one for a few days and then move on. We've been teaching her about money. For a couple of months we've been giving her $3 a week. One to save, spend, and give. We went with dollars because we wanted her to actually be able to buy something someday. She decided early on she wanted a Tiana doll. So we scoped them out at the store and knew how much she needed to save. She finally had enough after about two months. I'm not sure how much she's really learned, but she did like paying for her new toy.
She's also been at gymnastics on Mondays. She's doing a little better in the big group and does fantastic in her small group.
She's having to learn that Todd wants to do everything she does so she needs to be a good example. I know this is a hard lesson for her right now, but I already see how much influence she'll have on him in their lifetimes. She is a good rule follower and has great manners. She makes us very proud and we love her so much!