|Lilly spends her entire Saturday in her ballet clothes :)|
|A weekend afternoon with Dad|
But, as quickly as she's growing up, I have to remind myself often that she's still so little. She calls coat hangers, "hanger coats." As with so many things, I know she won't do this forever, and it makes me smile. So we let it be and enjoy her hanging up her "hanger coats" in her closet. Lilly wants to know what every word or phrase she hears means. At night, I'll hear Jim reading to her and her little voice chimes in with, "Dad, what means ______?" She calls Monterey Jack cheese, "Montessori Jack" cheese. Lilly does what every inquisitive child does and asks questions about other people while they're standing right next to her. So at my doctors appointment a few weeks ago, as we were walking out, Lilly pointed to an elderly man and woman who were using walkers and said (in a voice that everyone could hear...), "Mum, why are those people old?" I wasn't quite sure how to get into the whole, "we're all going to be like one day," discussion, but we did talk about how people get older, before she was distracted by a puddle that she could jump in on the way to the car.
|After an exhausting afternoon of playing at a friend's house. Still so little..|
We've had a few months where Lilly has tested every limit, every boundary and challenged almost everything we've asked her to do. It lasted from about October, when she turned three and a half, until a month or so ago, when I think she figured out that we're not budging on any of these rules. She has accepted the fact that sometimes she has to wear things other than dresses; that she has to eat her dinner, even if it's not her favorite food; that she has to brush her teeth before she goes to bed. We had battle after battle after battle, and there were days when I felt like all I was doing was correcting her behavior or telling her she couldn't do something. Thankfully, I think those days have passed. For now, anyway. Lilly can't wait to be, as she says, "another big sister" to this baby, and I can't wait to see her with this brand new baby.
|A mother's view of Lilly's 3-year-old ballet class|