I thought my labour was tough.
Then when we brought Little Man home, and I realised the massive responsibility of looking after and raising a little human, I was overwhelmed.
Breastfeeding was difficult.
The sleepless nights were a daze.
The Terrible twos are named so for a reason.
So when he turned four, I thought I was done with the hardships (haha, who was I kidding?!). I assumed that since my Little Man was now growing up, could express himself clearly and was more-or-less independent, life would be relatively smooth-sailing from now on.
Except, I didn't realise a FOURNADO was about to hit!
The Fours are just as challenging (as I found out) for different reasons.
1. The Tantrums don't go away; they are just accompanied by back-answering!
Yeah, you read that right, the tantrums only get louder and more coherent (now that there is proper language instead of gibberish) but are far from going away. A four-year-old knows what he or she wants and will scream, shout and generally be a nuisance till heard.
2. Four-year-olds are sassy – and how!
Sassy, smarty-pants, over-confident, cheeky – call it whatever you wish but boy can a four-year-old show attitude!
'You're so silly, Mummy!' or 'C'mon, silly Daddy' are common phrases in our house these days – Little Man's not being rude, just a bit too cool for his age!
3. There are far too many questions – and the uncomfortable-to-answer type ones
Why do people die?
Why do you get blood Mummy? (referring to my period)
Can I wear that? (pointing to my bra)
Why do Daddy and I stand and pee?
Just some of the questions I've been asked by my four-year-old.
4. Emotions are all over the place
There are two extremes of emotions at play here – there can be extreme anger and frustration when things don't go their way, but these little big humans can be so emotional too. The morning could see the biggest meltdown ever, but hours later there could be a showering of 'I love you's' and 'You're the best Mummy ever' and 'I will miss you so much'. Just last night my little fournado told me I'm the "gorgeoust mummy"!!!
There can be tears and fears, happiness and sadness, anger and frustration and genuine love all in one day!
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