This month there has been so much excitement celebrating Ellie’s 4th birthday. Did I really just say that? How in the world do I have a four-year-old? I can still remember seeing that little pink line…oh what a surprise that was to us! The day she was born was filled with emotions—I’m a mom? That happy and crazy question was answered with the cutest crying baby. Annnnnnd here I am, already starting to reminisce, so let me try to get back to what I was going to write about. Every year goes by and I reflect (and maybe cry a little) about how she is thriving and becoming her own little person and that the past year has undoubtedly been the biggest change. So, I might as well say it again-I swear she has changed SO MUCH this past year. She has lost so much of her cute baby chunk, she picks up on everything, remembers everything, can imaginary play for hours, she can draw stick people, ride her bike up and down the street and I can have conversations with her about what she did at school. She’s a real life little person, and I don’t know how I feel about it!
The girl LOVES to be the center of attention. I can’t get enough of her performances and how she makes me say “Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls…Ellie Quinn Hall!!” before she comes out to do her singing and/or dancing routine. Although some of her singing sounds like nails on a chalkboard-I’m convinced she is going to be a star someday, hehe :).
I really could go on and on about all of the changes I have seen in her and all the times I never want to let go of but there is one feature of her personality that has stood out as we enter this new stage–her kindness and ability to love. She is always aware when someone is upset and will cuddle up when they need a little extra love. She randomly tells us she loves us, misses us and is happy to see us. And the best of all? When she constantly tells me she is growing up and I respond ‘Yes you are, but don’t do it too fast,” her response is, “When I grow up, I’ll still be your best friend mommy.” I mean, is there anything in the world better than that?? No, no there’s not.
Now, with all of that being said–this past year has not been all unicorns and rainbows. Her sass has grown as well as her selective hearing and the ability to make her sister mad in a blink of an eye. I’m trying to convince myself that this year will be filled with less whining but so far I don’t think that part of her toddler-self has disappeared. There are days she says ‘mom’ about 1,000 times before noon and makes me want to crawl under my covers and stay there for the rest of the day. And if she asks for a snack while eating her lunch one more time I may start sobbing and drown in my own tears (doesn’t she know lunch IS indeed a snack??). This is all normal though, right? These times shall pass and someday I’ll wish I had the word ‘mom’ echoing through the house.
So, happy 4th birthday Ellie girl. Keep shooting for the stars.
Keep a look out on the details of her Trolls themed birthday party on my next post!