It's going by too fast! I'm blinking for too long or you fast forwarded time because you change tremendously each day. Daddy and I marvel at each change and show of new growth and cannot believe how amazing you are.
It seems odd to update you on your sleep at almost five, but in case you are interested for posterity, you sleep ok. You don't seem to need as much sleep as other children and if someone happens to wake you early, that's it, you are up for the day. Additionally, unless we run you and challenge your brain each day, you have a hard time going to sleep. I think your brain just takes a little while to slow down and then, once it's awake, you are too. The other day we were at Dee and Doc's house and you woke up and were fully dressed at 4:30 am, ready to start the day. I had to insist on you laying back down and "fought" with you the next 2 hours with the incessant "is it time to wake up now" questions. That being said, like all growing kids, when you are maxed out, we know it and try to get you extra opportunities to sleep or rest.
You are a voracious eater although your tastes change from time to time. I guess it's probably not your tastes, but your preferences each day. You love pancakes and waffles, yogurt, noodles without sauce, chicken of any type, whole apples, broccoli, and CHIPS. You are obsessed with chips and I think it's very good that we don't buy chips very often because you may sneak them all out of the house. The past two weeks we have been putting the kid plates on the table then serving our dinners and by the time we sit, you have cleaned every bite of food of your plate. In fact, last night you were literally shoveling carrots and broccoli into your mouth as fast as you could with your hands. I think a growth spurt is imminent!
Speaking of growth spurts, I was shocked to look at you helping with dishes one day and seeing this-
You are definitely not my little baby anymore. I know I've had that realization before, but this was slightly shocking nonetheless. You have emerged into this even taller, lankier, funny girl and it's amazing to be a part of. Like your sister, you love to help with dishes, but have to be convinced sometimes to help with the dishwasher itself. You do love to set the table or to help get meals ready so we try to encorporate that in as much as possible. You are also very good at helping Mommy take care of Johnny by giving him little things he needs or singing to him when he is frustrated. In other sibling relationships, you have been playing fantastically with Keegan and it's fun to hear your pretend play.
You love to play with little animals, especially toy alligators or snakes. You also love to read books and to do artwork. You are very precise and detailed with your artwork and are diligent to make sure it looks the way you want it to. You also love to be outside, to ride your bike, and to run. The running is almost incessant. We will be sitting in the living room, playing, and you will get up and run a few times around the house as fast as you can. You have great form and long strides and the happiest running face I have ever seen! We are trying to figure out more ways to foster that love, keeping you guys active is important! I think you also love memorization and knowing/remembering things. It's uncanny how easily things are pressed on your brain and, again, the gleeful look on your face when you recall some fact or occurence.
We love you so much Mac! While you present a shy and discerning face to the world, we get to see your silly, kind, and enthusiastic nature. We are honored to be your parents and appreciate tagging along for an amazing life!
Mommy and Daddy