Friday, May 13, 2011
Your baby sister is here and you are thrilled! The look on your face when you first held her was priceless! You pick her clothes almost every day and you've changed a number of diapers (even one dirty one!). Until her umbilical cord fell off you were asking me constantly “When can we give her a bath?”. You want to hold her several times a day and I often find you next to her, stroking her head and talking softly. Such a wonderful big sister!
We have taken a little time off reading lessons since Elise was born, but we jumped back in yesterday. You made it through half of “Not A Bed”, and today you read the other half. You read a “real book” so now you are an official reader at not-quite-four-and-a-half! So exciting! I have decided you will be in kindergarten next year even though you will not be five yet. I just can't see calling you “preschool” for another year – you are so bright and easy to teach!
This week is rehearsals for your ballet recital. I have to get you fully costumed and made up three times this week! You are beautiful and you look so OLD with your hair pulled back in a bun and your make-up on. Your costume is bright green and sparkly. I thought you might be nervous, but so far you have only been excited! You told me “I have the whole dance remembered in my head!” Many times lately you have been showing me ballet moves and I am truly impressed by your grace. (Especially since you fall out of your chair at least once at every meal!)
Daddy has been working in Wyoming – and gone a lot. He's almost never here for breakfast and probably at least three nights a week he doesn't get home until you're asleep. You have been so precious, “I really miss my daddy” and “I wish Daddy didn't go to Wyoming.” When he gets home you squeal “DADDY!” and run to hug him. The one upside is that lots of friends have been stepping in to help us out. You've gotten to spend time at lots of different people's houses and it's been very fun for you. For example, Grammie took you to a movie, Miss Danae dyed Easter eggs with you, and you played at the Fagreys' house for a whole day.
I've been trying very hard not to neglect you during this busy newborn season. You are definitely my lowest-maintenance child right now, but that doesn't mean you deserve any less attention. We've done some baking together and played dollies a couple of times. You even went with me to Elise's first doctor appointment and we read together for a long time in the waiting room. You've had a couple of “NO! Mama” moments that made me wonder if this transition is harder on you than you let on. But mostly you amaze me with how laid back you are. For instance, if you mess up a letter while you're writing something, you just scribble it out and move on. I admire that in you!