|So proud of her gingerbread house with "2 chimneys"|
When Sophia and Andi needed to be seen by the pediatrician on Weds night, the neighbor so kindly offered to let Ella spend the night at their home. Ella loves the family...but I still had a hard time reconciling the fact that I was not there for her...that once again, it seemed, she was pushed to the side for her two higher maintenance sisters.
The next day, when Ella came back, she busied her self playing. I forgot to feed her a snack in the morning and afternoon, but she never uttered a word except to say that she was "very very hungry" when I asked her "Oh my gosh Ella! Did I forget to give you a snack?"
And then as I could feel myself starting to come down with the stomach flu that Sophia and Andi had, I asked Ella to take care of the dog, to get her own drinks, and to wait for daddy to come home so he could feed her.
She had no complaints. She was so pleasant. She went to school without Sophia. She allowed neighbors to take her to school. She had an incredible attitude about all of it.
I was beating - beating - beating myself up for taking advantage of her independence when it hit me.
This kid is a trooper.
She can self-soothe.
She can self-entertain.
She can cope with the ups and downs of life and what an incredible attribute to have as she goes through life.
I do still need to make sure I offer her personalized attention. That's a given for any kid. But I don't need to beat myself up, I suppose, for not always being right there for her.
You are so sweet Ella. I hope you know what a sweet presence you are in my life, as I go through my days as a type-A personality. You are just what I need.
We just finished your conference with your teacher and she said you are "so sensitive," you are engaged with the other children and make friends, but you are "slow." You just don't get your work done very fast because you are enjoying it so much, that you sit there
and sit there
and sit there
instead of moving to the next station. So, we will work on not getting so absorbed into your work that you get left in the dust in order to get you ready for kindegarten. We'll work on balance, I suppose, because really. Is having the ability to stay focused for long periods of time really a problem?
You are into math and numbers. You have started adding and have a big time interest in playing math games. I am not the type of mom to love math...I barely passed it, but for you Ella, I sit and ask you, "What is
and so on.
I love to watch you on your journey Baby Ella.
|"Ice Skating" at the Mall as we wait our turn to see Santa. Some teenagers thought you were so funny, they made a video of you.|
|Yum! You went on a field trip to a restaurant and got to make your own pizza! What a fun day at school!|