You turned 5!! My big girl, how you’ve grown and keep growing! Let’s see, how did we spend your special day (week) celebrating you? We started off with Strites Donuts for breakfast. I dropped you off at pre-school with a whole bunch of cupcakes that we baked for your class, and Asha and I had her swim lessons. We picked you up and dropped you off at your swim lesson. (Asha was not happy, she was ready to jump in with you!). Then Daddy and I took you two to Chuck E Cheese. Which was great, because on a Wednesday, it was practically empty. You had so much fun. Then we came home to cupcakes and presents. Your actual birthday was pretty much perfect.
On Friday, I took you to see my hair stylist. You got your first hair cut! Really, it was a trim, but still, you got the whole deal. A great hair wash, head massage, trim, and blow out. And your hair was SO LONG even with your hair straightened! Afterwards, we went to get a manicure and pedicure. I think you got bored pretty easily because after they were done with you, they started on me and you were just ready to get out of there. So I couldn’t really enjoy my mani/pedi. But oh well, it was all about you.
Your birthday party was at the Little Gym. And all of your friends and their siblings were there. You and Asha had a great time, and I think your friends did too. It was a beautiful day to celebrate your birthday.
What are exciting month. We ended up taking a short trip to Baltimore. We went to the Baltimore Aquarium and the Port Discovery Children’s Museum. And oh my, that children’s museum was AMAZING. You had so much fun, you didn’t want to leave. We did promise you that we’d come back one day soon.
We celebrated Holi this month with Namaste Shenandoah at the Hindu Cultural Center location. It was so great. Your daddy had to work but we still went and had a ball. It was too cold to break out the water guns and water balloons but we still had fun with all of the colors. And you know I had a great time capturing everything on camera!
You keep growing and growing and growing. You’re talking more, you’re stringing more words together, you’re asking more questions. You’re more independent, or trying to be. You think you can do anything. You’re following Ariya around, wanting to be just like her. It’s really amazing.
Swim lessons are a success. While frustrating for me (since it’s an Advanced Mommy and Me class, and you want nothing to do with me in class), you are having a ball. You use the noodle and are swimming on your own. You love jumping in the water, but you forget that you can’t really swim by yourself. But you’ll get there! You’ve been asking for the beach and the pool, wanting to wear your swim suit every day. You are persistent. Don’t worry, summer is right around the corner.
You’ve started wearing Ariya’s old ballet leotards and ballet slippers. And it’s the cutest thing. When Ariya gets ready for ballet, you insist on wearing your new ballet outfit as well. It’s pretty serious, you want to go to bed in it, you want to wear it all day. It’s pretty hard to convince you that it needs to be washed. It’s a struggle.
Bed time has been rough. You’re still trying to drop that nap, but you need it so desperately. So either you fall asleep in the car when we’re going home from Ariya’s swim lessons or on the way to Ariya’s ballet lessons. You fall asleep on the way to Ariya’s soccer lessons. It’s such a late nap, that you won’t go to bed. I keep reminding myself that this is a phase. This is a phase. We’ll get through this.