Maggie snippets

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?”


Something she’s been saying ALL THE TIME lately: “I am IN LOVE WITH [this cookie] [this lipgloss] [this shirt] right now.”


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.

I'm five today!


  1. Elizabeth

    April 3, 2012 9:55 pm

    Five seems so engaging! I’m glad gymnastics is working so well for her.

    • Jen

      April 4, 2012 8:21 pm

      SO ENGAGING! I am loving 4-going-on-5 and also 5 so far (one week in!) For us, age 3 until 4 1/2 was a Very Big Challenge. Things are a lot more fun now and a LOT less emotionally charged. She’s just generally happy and chatty and comes up with the funniest stuff. I love it.

  2. Erica

    April 3, 2012 10:10 pm

    I love the gymnastics story

  3. Laura

    April 4, 2012 2:45 pm

    Haha. In a hotel, Andrew fell off the bed and his head was in between the bed and the nightstand, completely wedged (no extra room) – and he was still asleep. Just about killed his parents though.

    • Jen

      April 4, 2012 8:16 pm

      oh my heavens!!!! THAT is a deep-sleeper! HOW do they do that?? I mean, I’m a pretty deep sleeper myself, but I’m *pretty* sure I would wake up if I fell out of bed. heh

  4. Michelle

    April 4, 2012 4:08 pm

    We had the same experience with preschool. Peanut was all shy and didn’t want to do things without us. Now she’s like, “peace out, people. I’m cool.”

    • Jen

      April 4, 2012 8:19 pm

      Maggie surprisingly has always been great with people- never even went through much of a stranger anxiety phase! (Audrey did though, which is funny because she’s SO NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING ELSE!) It’s just new Experiences and Things that freak her out. We’ve tried not to push her- don’t want to scar her for life or make things worse- but I also don’t want her to miss out on stuff, you know? So I’m happy that she seems to be getting better! (Though she insists that she will NEVER EVER go on a roller coaster. heh)

  5. Lea

    April 6, 2012 9:58 pm

    I love hearing all these neat stories about Maggie! Asher is 4 1/2, and there are so many neat things about this age, but also still so many challenges (not as much as age 3, but still). I hope the coming months are as delightful as it seems they’ve been for you guys!

  6. Pei

    April 20, 2012 2:55 am

    I am way behind on your entries so just catching up, but I just wanted to say that THAT’S a really beautiful photo of Maggie!

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