Fabulous Four

It took me a while to realise it amongst the daily rushing about and trying to be do everything and be everywhere on time but it dawned on me that Little Z has reached a very nice little age. The ticker tape of a bazillion questions is turning into very amusing and memorable conversations with a with thrown in that shows me his happy sense of humour, which obviously he must have inherited from me. Obviously. Ahem. His current most favourite “joke” ever is to say “Ketchup? Ketchup the bear?!”, the kind from the Paddington bear movie that he’s seen twice but somehow remembered for weeks. He falls about laughing each time he tells me. I can’t wait to get the movie for him.

Reading stories at night has evolved into making up imaginative stories with all manners of characters. Our most recent favourite is about Geoffery the posh Giraffe who demands Colin the Hippopatmus butler brings him a nice cup of tea. Thus ensues a whole series of adventures around the supermarket to find the perfect brew. Modern tales for my modern little boy that likes nothing more than going on normal exciting outings to mundane places that need to be visited as part of daily life. His own stories are far more dramatic and usually involve Oleg the meerkat, Olaf the snowman and some kind of explosive volcano or lots of snow. I get the feeling adventure will feature frequently in his life.

Fabulous Four has brought with it even more questions on everything as well as opinions on absolutely everything. He is very resolute in how he “doesn’t like BEJTABLES! None of them!” but will make generous exceptions for carrots and sweetcorn. Everything else still has to be picked off. Unless its disguised in pizza. He will regularly inform us on the importance of eating Brocolli though. After all, that is “the Hulks favourite food”.

Every so often he reminds us about the holiday we haven’t been on yet and the aeroplane ride he’s been promised and we’ve failed to deliver. In the Fabulous Four world, there is no such thing as waiting, or patience for that matter. I believe a trip to see the planes at Manchester Airport may be on the cards. And maybe some hot chocolate and cake. Just as a warm up.

Fabulous Four has shown hints of realising differences between boys and girls. Mainly questioning what each one can and can’t do. “Can girls play playstation? Can boys wear pink?”. Our reply of “Girls can play all toys AND boys can play with all toys” has become a semi regular mantra in our house.

Yes the Fabulous Fours are a lot of fun and I am not sad to see the back of the terrible threenage phase. Mind you, he’s only been four for one whole month. So it could come back to bite me big time. Probably as soon as I publish this post.

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  1. Lina February 1, 2015 / 7:08 am

    Ah I have a little one coming up to four in two weeks – it is a lovely little age as they start to learn more and question more. We have the same questions about boys and girls! It’s great watching them try to comprehend the world isn’t it!
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  2. Potty Mouthed Mummy February 1, 2015 / 7:15 am

    4 sounds blissful!! Ha ha think we’re hitting threenager time now, much to our dismay! Love the new blog look, sorry if I’m late to the party with that one xxx
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  3. we3three February 1, 2015 / 8:09 am

    Four is a lovely age and your Z sounds completely adorable mashallah. Love the stories they come up with, so imaginative! Cant believe my Z will b 5 next month inshallah.

  4. Jess @ Along Came Cherry February 1, 2015 / 8:19 am

    Haha we definitely see a return of the terrible threes sometimes but thankfully four is much better! Although Tiger is hitting the terrible twos already so there is no break for me yet! x
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  5. Bryony February 1, 2015 / 8:49 am

    I am loving my eldest being 4 so far… we still get glimpses of the ‘threenager’ but mostly she’s pretty content! I love the random memories they store and bring out for conversation!
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  6. The Reading Residence February 1, 2015 / 9:04 am

    No, it won’t, 4 is fabulous! So many more conversations and yes, imaginative stories and jokes. Enjoy! x
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  7. Renee @ Mummy Tries February 1, 2015 / 10:57 am

    What a gorgeous post Tas! I’m so pleased you’re enjoying the fab fours and long may they continue to be fabulous 🙂 I definitely think the threenage years are harder than the terrible twos!!
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  8. Katie @mummydaddyme February 1, 2015 / 6:57 pm

    Haha I am sure they won’t- sounds like four has been fab so far for little Z. Four has been a mixed bag here so far- she’s being a bit whiny and clingy and playing up a bit at the moment, but I think that’s mainly due to being over tired from our holiday and then poorly for the rest of the time. x
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  9. Mary February 1, 2015 / 9:14 pm

    I have a 4yr old too and absolutely love our convos and the things he comes out with! Such a lovely age and starting to be a little more in control of their emotions

  10. jollyjillys February 2, 2015 / 7:57 am

    He is so cute and you must treasure every second they grow up soooo fast. I am lucky I get to do it all again with my grandchildren , with the plus side of being able to send them back to their parents when I am worn out lol
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  11. Seychellesmama February 2, 2015 / 8:37 am

    This sounds so so lovely!!! 4 definitely sounds like a good age…..this is a great post as reassurance that there is an end to the terrible twos and threenager stages haha!!!

    Trip to see the planes sounds like an awesome way to keep little Z pacified until holiday time does arrive 🙂 xx
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  12. Sarah MumofThree World February 2, 2015 / 8:54 am

    What a lovely update. Love that he knows how good broccoli is for you, but just won’t eat it himself! Impressed that he eats carrots. My kids will manage about one slice, accompanied by a lot of moaning!
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  13. Coombe Mill February 2, 2015 / 9:06 am

    What an exciting age to have reached, there’s so many milestone’s coming thick and fast now. It’s sweet how he’s remembered lines from the film even though he only saw it once. It sounds like he’s growing quite the imagination. Popping over from Magic Moments.
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  14. Lisa (mummascribbles) February 2, 2015 / 9:37 am

    We are still a while away from 4 – still a while away from the threenager but it’s fun to read what might be coming up in the not too distant future!! #magicmoments
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  15. Iona@redpeffer February 2, 2015 / 9:37 am

    Our son’s are very similar in age aren’t they? I agree with you, I’m enjoying this age very much-lots of laughs, cheekiness, fabulous questions like “why are we alive mummy?” Keeps you on your toes and has you laughing a whole lot x
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  16. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk) February 2, 2015 / 5:25 pm

    Firstly I love the header! Energetic son is how I would describe my son as well =P

    When my son turned four the tweenager phase didnt go back! Hurrah! And then like you I am thinking it will probably go back when I hit post =P

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  17. LauraCYMFT February 2, 2015 / 7:31 pm

    Four is a great age. They can express themselves more and you can have proper conversations! I was so glad to see the back of the terrible two’s and three’s!
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  18. Tim February 2, 2015 / 8:43 pm

    Ah, four’s a lovely age. Our boys both really started to blossom in terms of both personality and communication after turning four, which opens up so many new opportunities. And yet they’re still sweet and innocent. Well, mostly!
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  19. Louise February 2, 2015 / 11:00 pm

    Sounds like it is a lovely age and love all the things that Little Z is saying, especially the making up stories at bedtime – sounds like he has a wonderful imagination 🙂
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  20. brummymummyof2 February 3, 2015 / 7:28 am

    We have lots of the differences between boys and girls. And now lots of questions about friends from different countries or religions. Maybe that’s the Catholic school and learning about prayers EVERY SINGLE DAY! Tee hee x
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  21. Jo Laybourn February 3, 2015 / 9:21 pm

    Lol! My youngest turned 4 on Saturday so I shall be looking out for a change from the threeage phase! (Love that term!) #MagicMoments
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  22. Sara (@mumturnedmom) February 4, 2015 / 4:37 am

    I most definitely have a threenager on my hands, and she doesn’t actually turn three for another six weeks! I remember four as being pretty lovely, and I have been saying that I’m looking forward to four again 🙂
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  23. The L's mUM February 4, 2015 / 7:45 am

    I’m a little way off this age, but it sounds like a wonderful age and I’m so excited to ave conversations with my little boy. He’s 20 months at the moment and currently enjoying his tantrum phase. #Sharewithme
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  24. Sam February 4, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    Firstly loving the new header – yay for the wonderful Helen Braid! Secondly, yes – four is *so* much better than three!! And I’ve got a five year old and a two year old so I’ve still got to run the gamut of the threenage years to get to the Nirvana of Fabulous Four again 🙂 X #sharewithme
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  25. Mumma McD February 5, 2015 / 3:16 am

    Ahh, the figuring out the differences between boys and girls is so cute.

    My Little Miss 3 is currently asking everyone if they have a ‘gina’ or a willy!!

    “She a girl? She gotta gina??”

    At the shops, on the bus, at the Dr’s… anywhere and everywhere, much to my absolute embarrassment!!!
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  26. Life with Six Kids February 5, 2015 / 6:16 am

    Glad that you are enjoying the 4 age. My little boy is coming up to 4 and he is definitely starting to settle down more, able to play contently and understand consequence better. Getting a little bit easier day by day 🙂
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  27. Life with Six Kids February 5, 2015 / 6:16 am

    My little boy is coming up to 4 and he is definitely starting to settle down more, able to play contently and understand consequence better. Getting a little bit easier day by day 🙂
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  28. Rachel from Everyday30 February 5, 2015 / 9:49 am

    My little boy is only 2, but I’ve been so surprised about how they just better and better with age. All of a sudden they become quite good company 🙂 When I was pregnant, all I could think about was having a baby, but the reality is toddlers (and children) and much more fun!
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  29. Xandi February 5, 2015 / 10:40 am

    Oh yes, my twins are 4 1/2 and the questions are ENDLESS! And don’t get me started on their memories! You have to be ultra careful with your promises these days – memories like elephants!

    love your header by the way! New? xx
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  30. VaiChin @RamblingThroughParenthood February 6, 2015 / 11:43 am

    You’ve given me something to look forward to, then 🙂 We still have a good few months of threenage, with non-stop ‘poo’ and ‘wee’ natter to amuse *rolls eyes* #ShareFriday
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  31. HonestMum February 7, 2015 / 4:51 pm

    What a sweetie and each year brings new aspects to their personality and growth, now Oliver is 5 the jump feels huge from the year before-definitely keeps me on my toes! Love your new image too chick and branding. Hope I get to meet you this year. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x
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  32. Jenny February 7, 2015 / 8:54 pm

    Ahh lovely joke little Z I haven’t seen paddington bear but heard lots of great things. Love your new look by the way! I heard mixed things about age four we will be there in august and will have to give you an update. Bless. Go Z keeping us everyone on their toes. Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme
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  33. Jaime Oliver February 9, 2015 / 4:34 am

    we are just about to move into age four and already reading this we are stepping into some of these little lovelinesses 🙂 .. they do seem to remember everything you say though lol

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments
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  34. Charly Dove February 14, 2015 / 4:59 pm

    Being four sounds like an improvement on the threenager phase (although I’m sure POD’s popped back there today!). It’s such a lovely age and wonderful how they’re full of questions – an imaginary play. POD knows one joke: “what do you all a squirrel at the beach?” “Sandy”. Yes I know it’s hilarious!
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