Ellie is such a strong-willed little thing! She knows what she wants to wear, where she wants to go, who she wants to be with...and pretty much doesn't stop until she gets her way or is totally shut down, but never without a fight.
Since the summer began, she's been hanging out with "big girls" more. I'm talking 11 year olds.
And these are sweet 11 year olds. But... I've noticed her mouth is a wee bit sassier when she comes home. Has anyone experienced this!? She sort of pops off at her mama! OOOohhhweeee... nothing makes me hotter.
I tell folks, and I am really not exaggerating, that Ellie is 5, but thinks she is 14. She is always amazed that I won't let her just walk the neighborhood.
and WHY can't she have something at every store we got to?! "You get something at every store, so why can't I?" (Talk about heartbroken, when this weekend at Ulta, her smart mouth got her a trip BACK to the fingernail polish to put hers up. She was devastated!) She laid her head down at the counter and told the check out clerk how unfair I was and she "never gets anything". Anybody been THERE?!
BUT... when she's sweet, she is really, really sweet. She insists on sleeping with mama every night. And she occasionally still wants to climb up in my lap to cuddle.
She's my kid who perpetually wants her back scratched.
She is artistic, creative, very spirited, and SMART!
In fact, I need to find out how to get her IQ tested. I'd be interested to see!
Ellie has little fear. She was the 5 year old parasailer at the beach. She'll try just about anything. Her daddy bought her a training bike for learning two wheel bike riding, and she's been out teaching herself. She is obstinent and persistent, which sometimes fairs well for the stubborn set.
She will kneel down and help her sister as if she is 10 years older than her. It's a hoot to watch this and hear her change her voice to one in which she is talking to a baby and really mentoring her! She even offers to take her to the bathroom sometimes. I mean, she IS 13 months older than Gabs, after all.
She is a live wire, alright. And she will keep me on my toes for a long, long time. I just hope I can survive these early childhood, aka "tween" for Ellie, years!