Mya just turned 4. FOUR. But more like 4 going on 34. I swear she is more mature than I at times. The other day in the Costco parking lot, I was wrangling Leah because I guess she wasn’t as impressed with the bulk deals. Mya looked at me and calmly said, “It’s okay, Mama. Take a deep breath and don’t worry. Enjoy the beautiful day.” I mean, really? How did that come from such a little person? Granted, she’s not always that calm and collected, but she constantly amazes me with moments like these.


Since we’ve had a lot of monthly Leah updates, I thought it was time for some serious Mya documentation. And no, I don’t just sit down and remember all of these conversations and Mya moments. I have the worst memory and I don’t want to forget these glory days, so every now and then I try to take notes on my phone and this is the compilation of those thoughts. Here are some highlights from the last year:

  • Weight: TBD
  • Height: 3′ 4″
  • Loves playing cars, doing mazes and puzzles, dress-up, riding her scuut bike, cold hose water, cold showers, baths with Leah, organizing her doll house, painting her nails, stuffed animals, real animals, holding bugs, gymnastics, school, organizing her doll house, Dada tucking her in at night, and– most recently– pulling Leah around the neighborhood in the wagon.
  • When asked every night “what was the favorite part of your day?”, she usually says “Making baby Leah laugh.”
  • Asks for “special Dada time” when she wants to be alone with him. (And “special Nana time, special Papa time, special Mama time,” etc.)
  • Used to dress up as an old lady with a stick (or cane) and called herself “Janet.”
  • Usually chooses “quiet time” in her room over nap time. Stopped napping everyday around 3.5 years. Now naps maybe every 4 days for 1.5 – 2 hours.
  • Bedtime when she doesn’t nap: 6:30.
  • Bedtime when she naps: 7:45.
  • Has always been a morning girl. Wakes up between 5:30 and 6:30. And often times before that.
  • Breakfast: honey nut cheerios and banana, egg and feta cheese omelet and fruit, or pancakes and fruit.
  • Lunch/ snacks: Chobani greek yogurt (she has had one every day for as long as I can remember), pepperoni, PBJ, cheese, smoothies.
  • Dinner: Eats about anything if it’s in a burrito. Whatever I make for D and myself and she doesn’t like it, I just put it in a wheat tortilla with some plain greek yogurt (and sometimes colby jack cheese) and she loves it. But her all-time fave is spaghetti and meatballs and crispy romaine salad with feta cheese.
  • Favorite restaurants: “The soup place” (Nordstrom Cafe where she gets grilled cheese and tomato soup), Spin Pizza, and Winstead’s.
  • Favorite places to visit: Deanna Rose, “The Dinosaur Museum” (Prairie Fire), NanaPapa’s, Great NanaPapa’s, Blackhoof Park, “The Fishy Store” (Bass Pro Shop), Home Depot kid workshops
  • Used to smell Leah’s feet and say “Peeeeeeyoooou!” We would tell her that was rude. Then she’d smell them again and say, “Never mind. They smell like roses.”
  • “Can-I-please-hold-baby-Leah?”
  • “You’re the best Mama I ever have.”
  • “You’re my special Mama.”
  • Asks “Is this the right foot?” when putting on her shoes. Still uses velcro.
  • Points a finger at me and says, “Mama, you’re a stinker!”
  • Was saying things like “Seriously? Whatever. Who cares.” and rolling her eyes a few months ago, but we broke her of those habits… for now.
  • Started having carrots and ranch last year at school and then wanted it all the time. But she calls it “carrots and butter.”
  • “I love my family” and “I love our house. I never want to move.”
  • Super decisive. Knows exactly what she wants to wear each day, how she wants me to fix her hair (one or two braids, one or two pony tails, or just a headband), has a list of activities for the day, and what she wants to eat. And if she doesn’t get her way, she is usually pretty understanding.
  • Likes to accessorize with headbands, hair “clippies”, bracelets, and sweatbands.
  • The last thing that Mya and I say to each other at night is “You’re in my heart.”
  • Calls poop her “big toot.” I hope this never changes.
  • Tells knock knock jokes, but just looks around at random objects for the punchlines. Examples:
    • Knock knock. (Who’s there?) Picture. (Picture who?) I like buttons.
    • Knock knock. (Who’s there?) Door. (Door who?) I’m a flashlight.
    • Knock knock. (Who’s there?) Earring. (Earring who?) Teeth.
  • “Yestertime” when she’s talking about something in the past.
  • Loves to learn. Constantly asks to do workbooks, mazes, puzzles, and art projects.
  • Hands down the best big sister ever. Loves Leah so much and is constantly telling her… and tries to kiss Leah’s eyeball when I’m not looking.
  • Favorite color is still blue, yet she doesn’t pick blue everything anymore. She chose a purple and gold dress for her birthday.
  • Always sleeps with “B” (her blankie) and at least three stuffed animals. Currently her faves are a big dog, and two owls– a blue one and a pink one that she says are sister owls.


So yes. Mya keeps us pretty entertained over here. I love her more and more with each passing day– as she teaches me more about life and love than I ever thought possible. She had her nature themed birthday party over the weekend and my Dad just sent me pics that he took of her special day. And they are gold. Pure gold. I can’t thank him enough for capturing those moments for us. I can’t stop looking at them and can’t wait to share them with you this week.

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    Great nana
    November 13, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    Mya is one special beautiful child. Love her with all my ❤️

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    November 13, 2016 at 9:47 PM

    Awesome Wassom pictures! Such a light Mya Marie! TOO fun the one of Mya with Leah in the background in her walker with her arms up in the air! Thanks!!

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    November 13, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    Love that story!

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