Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Princess Madison

Princess Madison: \ˈprin(t)-səs, ˈprin-ˌses, (usual British) prin-ˈses\ (noun)
1: a woman having sovereign power 2: a female member of a royal family ; especially : a daughter or granddaughter of a sovereign3: the consort of a
prince4: one likened to a princess ; especially : a woman of high rank or of high standing in her class or profession

See also: precocious; tenderhearted; fun; intelligent; persistent; inquisitive; curious; lovable; creative; sharp; nurturer; cheerleader; devious; clown; big sister; teacher; energetic; witty; student; independent; confident

There is so much I can write about her that it is a little hard to know where to start. She is now 4 1/2 years old, and so incredibly grown up. It is amazing to see the difference one year makes with her age. She is very articulate and is really beginning to understand the world around her.

Preschool I notice the changes most in her preschool behavior. Last year she had bad days on a regular basis; she had a hard time sitting still, paying attention to what was going on around her, and she loved to distract her friends sitting next to her. She has done so much better this year. The preschool teacher has a system, when the child behaves acceptably during that day they get a sticker on the sticker chart. When they get 5 stickers they get in the Treasure Box. This year she has gotten a sticker all but one day. That is incredible! That tells me that she has learned how to sit still in class, participate in the activity, not distract the other kids, but most of all, it tells me that she has matured and is ready for a good kindergarten experience. She is so excited to go to school every day, I know she will really calm down and relax once she is able to have mental stimulation every day. She is too darn smart for her own good! She needs to put that energy towards learning and I am not able to do that for her like school will. She already loves homework, in the mornings when she eats breakfast she gets out one of her activity books and does what she calls "homework." She loves learning and just can't get enough of it.

Big Sister She loves her little brother so much and wants him to play with her like her friends do. Unfortunately, Hunter is not very good at taking directions! She likes to give him hugs when he is sad, he does not care much for them, but she just wants to comfort him so much. When I ask her to leave him alone (she often tortures him while thinking she is comforting him) her favorite thing to say to me is, "But I'm the big sister!" She takes her job as big sister seriously! She does such a good job of thinking of him and taking care of him, when he cries she goes immediately to his side and tries to calm him and make him happy.

She loves to make him laugh and is constantly making funny sounds or playing funny games to make him giggle with her. She grabs him, looks at me and asks for a picture to be taken of them together. On the other hand, she thinks that because she is the big sister everything belongs to her first. She is constantly stealing toys away from him and putting up barricades around her dollhouse so he can't get in and play with her. He just absolutely adores her. When she goes outside to rider her jeep she always asks if he can ride with her. Whenever she pushes the "gas" pedal he bumps his head, so all on her own she has started putting her hand on the back of his head when they go so that he doesn't get hurt. Little things like that just melt my mommy heart.

Devious she is starting to figure out little things that she can do to get her way in a "sweeter" manner. Recently she has started asking me to do things for her, like find her sippy cup, and before I answer her she will say, "I'll give you a sticker," in a sing-song way. It is so cute! Not that it works on ol' hard hearted mommy, but I sure do get a kick out of it. She has also started closing her bedroom door when she is doing something she is not supposed to, and she has started learning how to lie. That one makes me the saddest. I am working really hard to teach her that lying is not okay and that she will get in bigger trouble if she lies than if she tells me the truth. It's a hard age for mommy!

Creative She is so creative! She takes business cards from everywhere we go because she calls them her "credit cards" and puts them in her purse for when she "goes to the mall." It cracks me up. She also loves to cook and play in her kitchen. She is always whipping something up and asking us to eat it. She even has her own aprons and is always asking if she can help cook dinner or put snacks together.

She loves money and loves to play with my parents' change. When we visit she heads straight for the kitchen and puts together a batch of money for us all. It worries me a little that she is "making" money at such an early age. Should I worry?

Each of these pictures remind me of a special even from the last year, we were so busy and had so much fun. She grew and developed so much and I can't wait to see who she becomes this upcoming year.

(From the top, clockwise) Swinging high at the park, Super Girl in mid-jump, playing at the beach in Hawaii, mommy and Madison, Karoli park in La with Paw Paw and Dee Dee, playing around on the firetruck at the children's museum, sleeping in the stroller after a long day at Disneyland, her real smile while playing with Hunter's bat costume hat, and her love of all things princess comes out in her balloon animal request at the Halloween carnival.

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