At 3:42 a.m. on August 24th, my dear Elena turned 4 years old:
(Yes, I take a picture of both girls each year at their birth moment. This is the 1st year Elena slept through my picture-taking ordeal.)
Will her birthdays ever stop being so bittersweet? Or so shocking? How is my little baby 4 years old? Yet at the same time, I feel like she’s been here all my life.
This year for Elena has been great. Soon after her last birthday, she started Mother’s Day Out. I was **so** nervous and warned the teachers of her shyness. And that she’d never been without me. I think the teachers thought I was crazy! Elena loved “school” and suddenly broke out of her shell, and now will lead her friends around instead of just following them. She still has moments of shyness, but will join in on the fun much faster these days.
Elena tells great stories. Most of them of course involve princesses.
Elena still has a great affection for her bellybutton. For those uninformed, where some kids have a special lovey or suck their thumb, Elena twiddles her bellybutton. It is her comfort. Her happy spot. Just yesterday she pretended to go to work:
Me: Where do you work Elena?
Elena: I work to make bellybuttons happy!
Elena: Yes! See! I do the bellybutton dance and then everyone feels better! (as she lifted up her dress, put her finger in her bellybutton, and danced around.)
She is a lefty! I am so befuddled at this development since NOBODY in our families is a lefty. She tried to be a righty for quite some time I think in that she’d try to mimic us exactly, but her left hand seems to be winning out. Anyone with tips? How to make life as a lefty easy? Do I need to tell her teachers so they don’t accidently give her crayons in her right hand and confuse her more? I’m all ears!
She is TALL! Yet another surprise! She is off-the-charts for height for the 2nd year in a row, so I guess it’s not a fluke?
She LOVES her sister. LOVES. Whenever we walk in the door she happily takes off Julia’s shoes. It is hilarious — Julia now immediately lays down on the ground and puts her feet up in the air patiently waiting for Elena to help a girl out!
And she happily is the 1st to greet Julia whenever Julia awakes. I am pretty sure she has pretended to hear Julia on more than one occasion…
She gives the BEST hugs and kisses.
She is our special little girl, who in one instant talks about how big she is, and in the next asks for reassurances that she will always be our baby. Yes Elena, you will always be our baby.
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