Life with a four year old

My third child, Charlie, turned 4 in March. He’s always been strong-willed and stubborn but since turning 4 he’s changed so much!

I have always thought Charlie is such a cheeky boy’s name – he lives up to my expectation! Our first son Archie was always quite quiet and not boisterous at all so having Charlie was a bit of a shock to the system.

He is very active and always busy! He slept all night from a young age but never napped in the day. I was fine with that though as sleeping at night is more important (to me).

Charlie has experienced a lot of changes and I’m not sure if this contributed to his behaviour when he was 2/3 or it could just be the terrible twos and a “threenager”. When I was pregnant with Charlie I was a primary school teacher, once I had him I returned to work after 4.5 months, my mother in law looked after him in the day time while my husband worked nights, then Lee stopped working nights and he had him in the daytime, then I stopped Teaching when he was 2 and I had him at home with me. Looking back now it seems like a lot of changes. Shortly after Charlie turned 3 I became pregnant with Darcie.

He started Nursery when he was 3 and a half, unfortunately he was only at Nursery for 4 months as we moved house right before Christmas!

As I mentioned, Charlie went through a lot of changes. I felt so guilty when he stopped going to Nursery but there were no local nurseries with availability. Charlie had to stay at home with me again. We were new to the area and the weather was horrible, I was heavily pregnant and didn’t feel great so we didn’t do muchHowever, Charlie has adapted so well to being a big brother! I am so proud of him and he loves Darcie so much!

Charlie was so used to being the youngest of three and I think he got away with a lot of cheeky things! He really bonded with my bump during pregnancy and understood that his sister was going to come out.

My labour was very quick, you can read about it here and we were home the same day. Charlie was shocked when he woke up and we weren’t there, my mum explained that we had gone to get Darcie out.

When we returned home he would say Darcie is out the belly, Darcie’s not making you sick anymore, are you better Mummy? He is such a kind, caring little boy and adores Darcie. He always asks to hold her, but the other day she was sick on him and he said “please can you take my sister now”.

Charlie absolutely loves Darcie and is always singing to her and he loves it when she smiles for him.

Since turning 4, I have seen such an improvement in his behaviour. He listens more, understands instructions more, he does have as many tantrums and has a love for learning!

Although, he’s not at Nursery at the moment he surprises me with his knowledge of number and letters/sounds. He loves learning through play.

Charlie will be starting school in September! He got into his siblings school and will be in reception. I am so excited for him to learn, make friends and have fun!

Charlie is a lovely boy with a very funny personality, I’m so grateful to be able to spend time with him and it’s so lovely to see his bond with Darcie. Maybe moving house and him not going to Nursery was for the best!

If you would like to see Charlie’s funny appearances in my YouTube videos please click here.

If you would like to watch his 4th birthday video please click here.

Thank you for reading,

Chloe x



  1. 11/05/2018 / 9:49 AM

    This is such a lovely post and clear to see he is very loved. He looks such a cheeky little chap too as well as a great big brother!

    • Chloe Busby
      11/05/2018 / 10:13 PM

      Aww thank you!! He’s so cheeky but he’s my little friend! Will really miss him when he goes to school! Xxx

  2. 12/05/2018 / 4:30 PM

    Aww what a lovely post about your boy. He looks to be a fab big brother! x

    • Chloe Busby
      12/05/2018 / 6:19 PM

      Thank you! He really is such a good big brother! Xxx

  3. 13/05/2018 / 6:46 PM

    Oh this is lovely! He looks so adorable and four is such a fab age! My youngest is four this month!

    • Chloe Busby
      13/05/2018 / 6:53 PM

      Aww four is a lovely age!! They’re not babies but not too grown up! Xxx

  4. 13/05/2018 / 10:31 PM

    Oh what a lovely little boy Charlie is. My second one is exactly the same in terms of being far more wild than my first! I can’t keep up with him!

    • Chloe Busby
      14/05/2018 / 6:56 PM

      Charlie’s my 3rd I’m sure they get more crazy as you have more haha xxx

  5. 13/05/2018 / 11:53 PM

    He’s adorable, the way you talk about him reminds me of my youngest, cheeky chappy but so loving.

    • Chloe Busby
      14/05/2018 / 6:55 PM

      He definitely is cheeky!! Xxx

  6. 14/05/2018 / 8:49 AM

    What a lovely post and a beautiful little boy x

    • Chloe Busby
      14/05/2018 / 6:55 PM

      Thank you! He’s so cheeky xxx

  7. 22/05/2018 / 10:30 AM

    Ah what an absolute treasure he sounds. I have a four year old too and its a great age!

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