Molly is now officially four years old, just like her favorite TV character, Caillou. When Molly woke up this morning and we said “Happy Birthday!”, she looked a little confused and said, grumpily, “It’s not my birthday. It’s Kamile’s birthday.” Kamile is her friend who had her birthday party on Sunday, while Molly’s party was on Saturday. It’s a little confusing to Molly why we would have her party one day, then her friend’s party the next day, then Molly turns four the next day. We must have our dates wrong!
A few minutes later while getting ready for school, Molly looked at herself and said, “But I’m not any bigger. My feet are the same size. And my whole body.” This was cute and almost straight out of a Caillou episode. After some explanation of both the date and her not being any bigger, she seems to get comfortable with the idea of being four.
Molly had also been marking her fourth birthday as the day she would give up diapers completely. She has mostly learned to use the toilet now, and she said diapers are babyish and she wanted to put them in the trash when she turned four. We later talked her into donating the unused diapers to a friend. Molly has backed down from this self-imposed deadline, though. She is going to wait until she runs out of diapers instead.
Molly chose to have her party as a bounce house, so we set it up at Pump It Up! in North Austin. Since Molly recently switched schools, we were afraid we would not get a big crowd at her party. We invited her whole new class, some favorites from her old class, and some other friends from work, etc. With siblings, we ended dup with 24 bouncers. It was a good party, and we were happy to meet some of the new (to us) parents in Molly’s class.
Molly’s presents included a Skuut balance bike from Kit and me. Molly called this her “scooty patooty” bike. She got some plastic “Sofia the First” jewelry that Claire got at Target. Claire was a little sad that Molly was not very excited about the shiny necklace and earrings that Claire paid $5 for from her own allowance. Molly got an awesome “M” cape from Noni, which she often asks to wear and which she keeps with her at bedtime. Other presents are mostly books, puzzles, dolls, and hands-on art sets.
Happy birthday, Molly!