So I thought a lot about the pros and cons of Ingrid in school and talked it over with the mister. I thought he'd be against taking her out, since he's a pretty traditional school kind of guy. But luckily he didn't have any major issues with it. I think he's noticed a change in her, too. And I don't know, it just seems my gut instinct that it was school that made for the change in her attitude.
One thing I have issues with is how gregarious Ingrid is. I worry she needs that time with other kids her age. Today we went to the children's museum and she ran right up to a kid her age and said "HI! Let's be friends, okay?" And then they played together until we went to the next installation. She loves other kids, I don't want her to be denied that. Are play dates, story times and outings enough? I kind of like it because it will mean she and Otis kind of have to rely on each other and play together, and if I have siblings, I might as well have ones that like each other, right?
Anyway, this week has been so nice, just playing and painting, coloring, going outside. Ingrid has helped me with laundry, wiping off the tables, cleaning the bathroom, making dinner. She has had zero temper tantrums and only a couple times she cried, both at the end of the day when everyone is crabby and hungry and tired. Otherwise she is singing, playing with her toys, coming up to me and hugging me, saying "I like you, mom." She plays with Otis, shares with him, is overall just happier.
It just makes me happy. I have to sign her up for next fall already next week, which feels kind of funny, like we just made this big decision to keep her home but I have to decide about next fall right now. Oh well, we'll cross that bridge when we get there. Maybe 4 is magic for her, she'll be totally fine. And if not, I won't hesitate to pull her out again!