Tae told me to write this down so I will remember this story when she has kids.
Tae's first time eating a ring.
Once upon a time, Tae was taking a bath. All of a sudden, she put my ring in her mouth!! I asked her why she was eating my ring. She just laughed and laughed and then stuck my whole finger in her mouth. She is very strange! I don't want her to swallow my ring!
But for now, I'll be happier going to bed earlier. =)
We had a fun balmy Halloween. I was a little nervous because our day was kinda crazy - a birthday party in the morning, and then trick-or-treating.
We had some costume issues during the day. After I had made Tae's Halloween costume myself, we went through a couple of costume changes throughout the day.
Before the birthday party, I threw together a make-shift cowgirl costume. And suddenly, Tae wanted to be a cowgirl!! We both had on denim and striped shirts and boots (though hers were rainboots), and off to the birthday party we went. I threw in her ballerina costume (less voluminous and easier to bowl in than the Cinderella costume) in my bag, because I had a hunch that the other girls at the party would be in fancier costumes than a cowgirl. And, of course, I was right. Within 15 minutes, Tae had changed in to her ballerina costume.
It never dawned on me that wearing a looong ball gown was not a good idea for trick or treating. There were so many leaves and stairs and everything that poor Tae was having trouble walking. I ended up being like her maid-servant (rather appropriate), waking two steps behind her holding up her dress. Eh.
Luckily, we weren't out for too long, and Tae was with a friend, and we had fun. Halfway through though, she did tell me that she wished she had a short dress like her friend.
All in all, it was a fun night. We came home with a pretty decent loot bag for a 5 year old. A local toy store is doing a pretty smart promotion - if you donate candy back to the store (they're donating the candy to the USO), they'll give you a 25% coupon. There's no way we would have actually finished all that candy anyway. =)
Friday was Tae's 5 year check up. (I still can't quite believe that she's 5. Gulp.)
Tae was acting really silly for mostof the check up, including while the doctor was asking her questions, and she kept yelling "Spinach!!" Spinach!!" when the doctor was talking about eating healthy foods. Incidentally, Tae only nibbles at spinach, if that.
She weighs in at a grand ole 33.5 pounds, and is 41.5 inches tall. this puts her in the 7th and 9th percentiles respectively, which is a reasonable change from last year's 3rd and 7th. Apparently she grew about 5 inches last year? Craziness.
The other highlight of the visit was that Tae peed in a cup for the first time. She thought it was very strange, and was giggling the whole time. Haha. Lucky me, I got to hold the cup for her.
I had promised Tae that after her physical we would go to the zoo. She was asking about it, because the last time we went, one of the gorillas freaked out and rushed the glass window we were standing in front of. The night we were there was a free zoo night, and it was crowded.
This time, it was an overcast, cold day, so the zoo was, uh, not crowded at all. Our local zoo is a nice small, manageable size. We saw some animals. We saw the gorillas being friendly and not freaking out. We saw a lioin roar so loud that it freaked Tae out. We saw flamingos, and tapirs, and a condor.
We saw some not so excited things too, like a dead fish that Tae spoted in a fish tank. It was floating upside down, and Tae told me that it looked sick. She asked if its mommy would be sad. She told me that it wasn't dead because its eyes were wide open.
Like most dead things we see (roadkill mainly), Tae is fascinated, and I usually am trying to hold down my lunch.
It was a fun day.
Somehow, my baby is turning five today. She makes me laugh because she tells me about how she remembers being inside my belly, how everything was red. (She saw an exhibit at the science museum.)
She's five, and she asks me funny things like, "Why is it taking so long for me to become a big sister?" She still wakes up in the middle of the night, and screams MOMMY! at the top of her lungs - because, as she says, our rooms are so far apart now.
She's taken to calling me "Momma" this week, because some of her friends call their mothers Momma.
She can be very thoughtful, and polite. She can be very caring towards people she knows. She likes to try to be helpful, especially in the kitchen (when she wants to). She can be very demanding, and wants so go everywhere I do.
She surprises me sometimes with her ability to articulate herself. Even sometimes in the midst of a tantrum, she'll just scream, "I can't calm down! I'm tired!" She tells me that she's worried, or that she's happy about things, or that she misses things. I worry about finding the right balance for her where she can be a kid, but also deal with a full-time working mother. Sometimes, I think I need her, to help me take care of me.
And now, she's five. I don't know how her baby years just past in the blink of an eye. Some of it is a big haze in my mind. For most of it I have photos to remind me of all the little things that she used to do.
But, I realize now why I love watching her at night - because when she sleeps, her face looks the same to me as that very first day I ever met her. Five years ago.