Now you didn't really think I would do a whole blog about Gabs and leave out my sweet Ellie Sue, did you?! Of course not! She gets her own post too! If Gabs is my mama's baby, Ellie is my totally independent one!
This girl doesn't miss a lick! She dresses herself, regardless of whether or not her mom has approved said outfit. She bathes herself, makes her own sandwiches, pulls out her own art supplies and gets crackalackin, and even keeps her own fish fed!
She always knows EXACTLY how she wants her hair done! For instance, a "regular bun" wouldn't do. She wanted a SOCK bun on a big spongy roller.
And on dance day, she lays out her own "dance" clothes to wear to school, totally to represent her favorite teacher and dance school.
I know I've mentioned a thousand times that she thinks she is a tween.... but I seriously mean, the child does not have the concept that she is just a little five year old. She has very strong opinions and shares her very strong voice and view on things.
For what it's worth, I think she is an "old soul".
SHe's a thinker! She can contemplate fairly deep topics and tries to hold discussions with me and her dad regarding them.
She can pop out one day in a halter and booty shorts, causing World War Three in our house, and then the next day, she'll have ruffle pants and a bow the size of Texas, as she feels this will make me happy.
(Gotta admit though... she DOES look pretty dang sweet and innocent in this!)
She is so sweet when she is one on one. For whatever reason, it takes her being alone for that sweetness to come out. I think that when she is with others, she is rather competitive. WHERE does she get that from!? ha
Every morning, we have this sight. So many people who know of our ongoing clothes war say, "Just lay out the clothes the night before." As if I haven't thought of THAT! We do! But, by the morning, she often has a different idea of what that day holds for her, so we have to totally regroup, and believe me when I say, neither of us are morning people, so we aren't exactly our best selves at that time. Nor have I gotten her up early enough to have a full on wardrobe do over!
Ellie is a special girl. She is highly intelligent. I think she will be a leader. She's all of 3' tall and is like a little Pied Piper when friends are over. She even bosses the big kids. And they listen!
Ellie Bellie was my first born. She is teaching me a lot about being a parent. She is teaching me a lot about the art of negotiation and how to be more patient. She is also forcing me to read parenting books which is teaching me about hearing EVERYONE's voice in the family, as we all have a role to play and an opinion on how the family unit operates. I'm trying to learn to be more open to that.
She is my high spirited kid.
She has a great big ol personality!
and despite all her "big girl" antics, she is the one who still sleeps right between mom and dad every single night! She loves to do art with me in the art room. She strives to impress me and wants to make me proud. And Ellie Sue... I AM PROUD. I am proud of your ability to LIVE OUT LOUD! Noone could ever deny that you are MY CHILD!
And so,as I think back, the moment this child was placed in my arms, was the happiest moment of my life!