My son will be four in exactly two months! That's crazy. He is growing up ridiculously fast and constantly talks about "when I was a little boy..." which just cracks us up. (He is quick to tell us he is a "big" boy.) For the past month he has occasionally complained about his legs hurting in the middle of the night. By the morning he would report feeling fine. I chalked it up to growing pains, which I've heard can be really painful for some kids. On July 4th, I measured him on his growth chart which we keep on the back of his bedroom door. This week we discovered that he can now reach the kitchen sink to rinse off his hands and recently we realized he is tall enough to open the freezer! Tonight as we were getting ready for bed, he commented that he could reach the footstool while on the rocking chair. We decided to measure him again, even though it hadn't been that long since we did it last. He grew half an inch in 24 days! So while he looked taller to me, it was because he really was!
This morning when we were playing on the family room floor I realized just how gross it was and could not remember the last time I vacuumed. My son was terrified of the vacuum, so I rarely run it during the week and save it for when he isn't around. I told him I had to vacuum today, so he chose to run upstairs so he would not be scared. He was curious enough about it, though, that he came back to watch me and announced that the vacuum wasn't too loud anymore. Then he asked to use it. (Yay!!) I told him that he isn't scared of it anymore because he is growing up and almost four, and four year olds aren't afraid of vacuums. He was amazed at that and had a look of enlightenment on his face. I'm hoping to capitalize on this sudden understanding of maturity to get him to agree to do other things.