April 3, 2012
Maggie, wearing her Penguins shirt; Audrey, wearing a shirt with flowers on it; me, wearing a black & white striped shirt.
“Mommy! Audrey has Flower Power and I have Penguin Power and you have Stripe Power! And I throw sharp Penguins at the bad guys and kill them!”
Uh. OKAY! ???
I mentioned this on Twitter and Facebook this morning but it’s such a ridiculous story I have to share it here. Last night after we got in bed, we heard this horrible THUD. It shook the house, I swear. I was pretty sure it came from upstairs, but it was hard to tell. Dan went to investigate, and of course in the dark of night, your mind starts wandering to crazy things- like, IS SOMEONE IN THE HOUSE OMG!!?? Or maybe something fell off the wall? Or…??
After standing quietly at the top of the stairs for a minute or two (I guess he was just waiting for the Burglars to meet him up there? Or something?), he peeked in on Maggie… and realized she had fallen out of her bed. And she was still asleep, on the floor. YOU GUYS. SHE FELL SO HARD. I can’t believe she didn’t HURT herself, let alone sleep through it all. He picked her up and put her back into bed (and we were completely giggling at this point) and she didn’t wake up then either. And when we asked her about it this morning… no memory of it. She didn’t even believe me at first.
That kid sleeps like the dead. Geez.
Maggie, who just had her 5th birthday party this weekend: “Mommy, next year for my 6th birthday can I have my birthday party at the zoo?”
GOOD GRACIOUS CHILD LET ME RECOVER FROM THIS BIRTHDAY FIRST OKAY AND ALSO YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TURN SIX EVER I FORBID YOU TO GROW UP ANYMORE.
Something she’s been saying ALL THE TIME lately: “I am IN LOVE WITH [this cookie] [this lipgloss] [this shirt] right now.”
SERIOUSLY. I DO NOT SAY THIS. (I don’t think I do…??) I DO NOT KNOW WHERE SHE GETS THIS STUFF.
She has been in gymnastics for almost a year now. We decided to sign her up because… well, she’s kind of a chicken. She’s afraid of EVERYTHING new, and she is also afraid to try anything that she’s not sure she can do perfectly. So, she’s a Chicken Perfectionist. It’s a thing. And I thought if we got her involved in something like this, it would help her with these fears a little bit.
In the months since she started gymnastics, I’ve seen so many changes in her. I know some of it is just her growing up and out of some phases. But I honestly think that it has given her confidence and made her a little more brave and it just makes me so happy, because the last thing I want is for her fears to keep her from trying and enjoying fun stuff!
Her teacher has been wonderful about encouraging her, and she’s been working with her after class to help her work up her nerve to do a pullover. Last week, she out-of-the-blue figured out how to skin the cat‘ on our swingset, so she got to be the demonstrator for the rest of the class (which was PERFECT for helping build her confidence! She was SO! EXCITED!) But she still wouldn’t try the pullover- she’d let her teacher get her so far around the bar, then she’d get scared and quit.
BUT TODAY! SHE DID IT! I’m always in the other gym with Audrey’s ‘Baby Bears’ class (which is basically just a bunch of toddlers running around like goofballs, but it’s so much better doing it in there than in the waiting area!) so I don’t usually get to see her much during her class. Her teacher walked her in after they were finished and announced that she had something to show us! And she did it. I was so proud of her. My baby, flipping around that bar, all brave and stuff.
I bought her a cookie with M&Ms in it after lunch, because she deserved it.