5.5 Years Old | Reese

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This sweet little girl is 5 1/2 and so proud of it.  Recently a dear friend of mine called Reese a Unicorn describing her incredibly mature and curious self.  I used to try and take credit (at least partial) for my daughter and her personality but the older she gets the more I realize she is… a unicorn.  Not perfect of course but unique, mature, so so gorgeous inside and out, well behaved, smart, and on-and-on-and-on I could go.  I could gush all day about how this little girl is turning into such a beauty.  Reese still shows us her creativity daily with her love for coloring, crafts, and recently – lego design.  She has a very long attention span and can sit and create for hours.

One of her biggest accomplishments over the past 3 months is learning to read.  We are working through a book that teaches her to read and she is crushing it!  She can read!  It’s super cute and recently she’s been taking her knowledge and applying it everywhere.  She is reading signs and book and my text messages!  The first time she took her book smarts and applied it to real life’s when she read a text message from my mom.  She read it aloud and then LIT UP when she mastered the sentence.  She jumped up and down at the accomplishment – it was adorable.  Then she would voice text Grammy and Grammy would text her back.  This when on for hours and she still talks about it.

These past few months I’ve been watching her evolve socially.  She has more and more interest and pride in her friends.  Reese really enjoys kids her age and meeting up with her friends.  Her preschool peers mean a lot to her and she often refers to them in conversation and must enjoy spending time with them.  She is a great little playmate because she it pretty intuitive and usually lets her friend choose the game they play.

One of the sweetest things about Reese recently is her intense desire to hear stories from our childhoods or anyone she’s conversing with.  She will ask us all the time to “tell me a story about when you were a little girl.”

She is in the final months of pre-school at the rec center.  Her teachers (Ms. Toby and Ms. Hannah) have only good things to say about her engagement at school and her social life.  She has done well and seems very ready for kindergarten.  We have her signed up to start school at our church, that is opening a school in the fall.

The saddest part of Reese’s recent life is the gushing gape in her forehead.  We were on our way to run errands and she decided she needed to run inside to grab a coloring book for the car ride.  She came running back out to the car in tears with blood running down her face.  She had fallen at full speed into a brick fireplace edge and consequently busted her head open.  Our errands turned into an ER trip and 3 stitched later she was all patched up.  She has been really diligent in her wound care.  I must have put the fear of God in her about sun exposure to the wound because if she accidentally leaves the house for even 2 min without a hat or sunscreen she runs inside with apologetic tears begging for sunscreen or a hat.  I love that!

This girl makes my heart gush with pride and love.  I am in awe of what God is doing in this little girl’s life and so honored to be part of it.  I love you Reese’s Pieces.

Toddler Talk

Nixon was peeing outside in the grass with purpose….

S:  Nixon, whatcha doing?

N:  Making the letting N!

S:  Really?  Where did you learn that?

N:  Daddy taught me!

I miss your dad Reese!  I’m ready for him to come home!

R:  Well look on the bright side mon!

S:  ok!  What’s that?

R:  he’s a always with you…

S:  what do you mean?

R:  patting her heart he’s always with you in your heart

R:  My shoes are wet!

C (our nanny):  That’s strange, well dump out the water – they’ll be fine.

R:  Ummm.. they smell like pee

C:  What??  Nixon!  Did you pee in Reese’s shoes????

N:  Yup!

Later that day with Andrew….

A:  Nixon!  …I know peeing in shoes is fun…. but you just can’t do it buddy.

S:  Ugh

I was making pancakes one morning…

N:  Mom!  I’m being super patient!

S:  Good job buddy!

1 minute later…

N:  Mom!  I’m being super patient!

1 minute later…

N:  Mom!  I’m being super patient!

1 min late…..


Pierced Ears

Well she’s five and I knew it could be time but I wasn’t pressing the issue. Then Aunt Meggie comes into town and put a little bug in Reese’s  ear. Next thing I know we’re at Claire’s with my sweet little girl sitting in the chair and get her ears pierced. I know it’s just ear piercing but I felt like five years was flashing before my eyes. Can’t believe she’s grown up enough to ask for and understand that it’s time for her to get her ears pierced. Her cousin Abby and Meg and I were all there. It was a highly emotional moment but I’m so glad that this memory is now locked away in time between us. She thinks she is so cool and grown-up now that she has her ears pierced and as hard as it is for me to admit, she’s right.

Celebratory Ice Cream

6 Months 

1/2 of a year!?!?! Ty Ty is doing so well. It’s been a god month.  We are enjoying his personality come out more and more. He’s sweet and smiley. These days he’s sitting up like a champ and rolling around the house like it’s his job.  He will sit then fall then roll all over the place. The past few days he’s started to plank a little and push himself backwards. I am noticing him watch Reese and Nix more intensely as if he’s wanted to join in on the fun. It seems sometimes he gets a little frustrated when they leave the room without him. 
His awareness is noticeably improved. He likes to be out and about smiling at strangers, looking around, and watching us interact with the world. We started putting him in shopping carts sitting up and he like to shop now!

I must document that he is still a mammas boy.  If he was the first kid I wcould kid probably be concerned but since I know he’ll be ok and probably like his dad more than me very soon I am soaking it all up! I’ve even gotten called out of church to find him go from crying to squealing with delight when he sees me. I’m flattered and hope this stage lasts a bit longer.  

Another big milestone this month is solids.  We started feeding him avacodo on his 6th month birthday and he all but bit my hand off getting more in his mouth. Everyday since he has LOVED dinner time and squeals with frustration when you don’t shovel it in fast enough. We haven’t tried anything else but avocados but I have a hunch he will like the next item on his menu. 
He might be the easiest baby to lay down for naps and bed. Anyone can warp him up and drop him in bed with his pacifier and he will burrow into his blanket and close his eyes immediately. Dude man is mostly sleeping through the night – he will wake up sometimes if he can’t find his paci but I am not feeding him anymore. Sometimes he will sleep 14 hours straight! His naps are great 2-3 a day still and during the day he is so happy as long as he’s fed and changed. 
He’s not always pleasant in the car but I have to say the past 2 weeks or so have been better. He might only scream/fuss half the time. It’s been really really nice. Ty – we love having you as part of the family. You are sweet and engaging and so cuddley. I am excited to see what this month brings!

Toddler Talk

N:  Mom, my feelins’ don’t feel good

S:  Reese, what do you want to be when you grow up?

R:  Ummmm.. I don’t know

S: You wanna work with mom and dad?

R: Ummmm…. no I don’t want to do Real Estate… that’s not a real job and…. I don’t want to sell jewelry because that’s not important

N:  Dad, my tummy is telling me I’m not tired anymore!

N:  Mommy, go away!

S:  Excuse me?!?!  Nixon, that is very rude.  You don’t get to talk to me like that!

N:  May you go away paaalease!!!

When we are driving in the mountains and the pressure starts effecting Nixon’s ears.

N:  I can’t hear.  My ears are full.

After yawning 

N:  Ok, now I can hear!

Reese Is 4.5

My sweet angle. My love. My daughter.  Little girls can be so sweet and we got one of the sweetest.  She’s 4 and 1/2 and so proud of it.  She brings up ‘turning 5’ at least once a week so we go through the order of birthdays in our family before she lights up at her 5th birthday ‘so soon!’

Reese is still crafting and creating all the time.  She can spend hours concentrating on something she’s creating.  She can sit down and studiously work on learning workbooks for hours if you let her.

She is pretending a lot although it’s less about being a princess (contrary to the pictures) and more about family – she’s the mom, I’m the kid, etc.  Reese still prefers dresses and high heals and always looks for an excuse to dress up and ‘get fancy’.  She takes a purse and/or a baby doll everywhere she goes and usually remembers to bring it home.  She is better than me at taking her purse packed with essentials!

She’s started to ask frequently if she can play with friends and asks who she is going to see or play with that day. Something fun about her is – if you make anything seem special or out of the ordinary – she’s on board.  I can turn boring errands in to a mommy/daughter date and she is flying high.  It’s so cute.

She is starting to love to ‘just talk’.  Every night we sit on the couch and talk through our day and thank God for what’s going on.  She LOVES these hang out and talk moments with us.  Consistent with her maturity is how responsible she is.  She has chores and does them with little complaint, can be asked to go get or do anything and the answer is 99% of the time, ‘ok sure!’  She is really helpful around the house from cleaning to helping with Nix to assisting me as my mobility gets limited by this belly. 

For better or worse she is enamored by ‘shows’ and watches Sofia the 1st and Jake and the Neverland Pirates as much as you will let her.

Vocabulary is still a strong-suit of hers.  She is adding large surprising words and phrases to her everyday vocab all the time.  When she doesn’t know the meaning of a work she ask “what does ___ mean?”  and then usually uses it shortly after.

Another somewhat annoying strength of hers is memory games.  Annoying because Andrew and I REALLY try to beat her and can’t.  She always wins memory games.  Always – ugh!

We are all but finished with naps – maybe 1-2 a week if life gets crazy for my little girl.  Reese loves Nixon and although she is still pretty hard on him (pulls, picks up, tugs) he’s getting bigger so the tables are turning on the roughness.  They play so well together most of the time. They race and giggle and play ‘baby and kitty’ and build Legos and run around outside together.  I will catch them sharing or getting things for each other or wanting to show the other something important.  They actually just moved into the same room (in prep for baby #3) and seem to be doing pretty well.  They are such a blessing and so sweet to watch. 

It all sounds so sweet and lovely and honestly, most the time it is.  However, she is growing and learning to push boundaries and has lied twice and uses her manipulative ways to ‘try’ and get what she wants (even after the answer is no).  

I love this child more than she will ever know and getting the chance to watch her turn into a silly little girl is one of the best blessing God has given me. 

Love you sweet Reese and I am excited to keep watching you grow and see you become a big sister to your second baby brother!

Reese 4

Where do I start?  How are we already here?  She 4 and she’s amazing. This little girl is such a joy to us.  This year she has wowed us with “I love you mommy (or daddy)” comments out of nowhere, asking you to lay next to her to stare at the clouds, or help her create something from nothing.  We got a million of these little moments this year and I would take a million more.  This year is the year of crafts.  It started with an intense love of the coloring book and has evolved into glue, paper, markers, glitter, paper plates, streamers, paints and anything else you can think of.  She can craft on her own but it usually doesn’t take long before she invites whoever is closest, to join her.

On any normal day in Reese’s 3 year old life, she is dressed up. 9 times out of 10, it’s as a princess.  The girl eats, breaths, and sleeps princess. She loves adventure and pretending, like a lot. I know she has an extra creative imagination when I watch her play with friends. They can hang with her for a little while but it usually ends up with Reese taking over with her agenda and demanding more intense role play.

This summer was big for Reese’s independence.  There are 2 little boys across the street, Owen (9) and Wyatt (5), who she played with almost nightly.  They rode bikes, played fight with swords, dug in the dirt, searched for rocks, jumped around in Andrew’s garage gym and more.  Most of these ‘boy’ activities were carried out in a princess costume that she would strategically put together for her play time with the boys.

Naps are slowly moving out of her life this year, she only takes one about every 3 days.  She started pre-school this August, mostly because she was begging for it.  A spot opened up last min at our rec center so she goes twice a week for 2 hours and loves it.  She comes home beaming with her crafts and learning from school.  She knows most of the names of her classmates and love this time of her week. 

We get lots of compliments about Reese’s manners.  Our friends and strangers are quick to tell us she is so smart, well-behaved, and has great manners.  As much as I would like to take credit for this behavior, I must admit she is a learner and absorbs like a sponge social norms and praised behavior. 

This year has been so fun because she remembers everything.  Holidays and special occasions are so exciting with her! 

Andrew and I probably most proud of Reese’s spirit.  She is kind and energetic and personable.  I love how she looks people in the eye, thinks before she speaks, and seems to genuinely care about the people she knows.   

I can’t end this recap without praising her for being such a wonderful sister.  Her only sisterly crime is over-loving (smothering) Nixon, which she does a lot.  Most of the time, however, she is so wonderful to him.  She takes time to look him in the eye and talk to him, comes up with games just for him, and love showing him everything she’s doing.  I love watching her with him, she is incredible. 

Birthday Toasts: Our birthday tradition is to each take a turn telling the birthday girl something we love about her from this last year of her life. 
Andrew:  This year you learned to ride your like-a-bike SO well!  Also, you are becoming a good friend.  I love to watch you play and share and care about your friends.
Summer:  This year you got really creative and learned to love crafts.  I love watching you explore your creative spirit.  I also love how you treat adults.  When you see mommy and daddys friends, you are so good at looking them in the eye, and asking them how they are.  I love that about you.
Reese:  This year I learned how to do the monkey bars all by myself.  This year I was a good big sister.