Monday, July 28, 2014

Five-and-a-half :)


I can't believe my Kaylee Baylee is 5 and a half!!



This kid drives me absolutely nuts sometimes!



But I love her so much. So so much. <3



She is so silly, energetic, and unique.



She definitely has her own sense of style. Right now she likes dresses and accessories.



She is so smart and loves learning. We've been doing informal homeschooling, and she's also been learning a lot from ABCmouse and a few other education sites. She can read a lot of 2 and 3 letter words, and she is getting pretty good with adding and subtracting numbers 15 and under. She has an amazing vocabulary and knows so many facts about dinosaurs, animals, and a bunch of other things. She is also picking up a lot of Sign Language and Spanish. :)



She loves being outside. We usually go walking around the neighborhood, go to the park, or just play in the yard every day.



She is still a pretty picky eater but getting a lot better about trying things. A lot of the time she will only eat 1 or 2 bites, but she knows she has to try and get her taste buds used to more foods. I am so proud of her for branching out with her foods lately.



I wouldn't say she is an animal person in general, but she does love our pets. She helps me take care of them and train them.



Her determination and strength (mental AND physical) are pretty impressive. Don't tell her she can't do something, because she WILL prove you wrong! Whether it's climbing a tree or finishing a puzzle, she's enjoys a challenge.



I'm always worried she's going to seriously hurt herself because she is just too adventurous and likes to bend the rules. It's a thin line sometimes, trying to keep her safe, without ruining all her fun.



She loves her little sister more than anything in the world!



She is an awesome big sis. So nurturing, patient, mature, and protective.



Of course they have their sibling spats, but they spend hours playing together each day, and they always comfort eachother when the other is sad or hurt.



The other night I heard Bryn start crying on the baby monitor and I heard Kay say, "It's ok, you're ok," and then they were both quiet. I peaked into their room and they were both asleep. It just melted my heart!!



She has also made a few friends in the neighborhood who she plays with regularly. :)



She loves making beds and tents. Anywhere cozy where she can hide and nest.



She loves visits with her grandmas. She misses them a lot since they both live about an hour and a half away. But they both come to visit when they can, and we are planning sleepovers soon! :)



She loves all types of arts and crafts. She's so creative! (And messy, lol.) She says she wants to be an artist, a nurse, and a firefighter when she grows up, lol.



She's always up for helping us with the chores. She likes feeling useful and accomplished. I've noticed that the more responsibility you give her, the more responsible she'll act. :)



Her favorite shows right now are Signing Time, Sesame Street, Clifford, Woody Woodpecker, and Pokemon. Her favorite movies are Spirited Away, Mulan, and Frozen. And her favorite games are Guild Wars 2 and Pokemon White version. (It kind of sounds like all she does is look at a screen, but don't worry, we really limit it. :)



She is still gluten free. On the couple of times we have slipped up with it, she has had terrible meltdowns. So yeah, we try to be super strict about gluten now.



She sleeps through the night in her own bed most nights now. She rarely has night terrors anymore. She's been having them since age 14 months, and since her brain swelling she's had terrible ones multiple times a night, so this is huge!



She will be starting Kindergarten in a month and she's very excited! I have my doubts about public school being a good fit for her, but right now I'm just trying to stay positive.



She's just so full of life and joy. Sometimes I feel like I can just see her fiery spirit shining out of her!



Sometimes we just sit and talk and I love it when that happens. She may only be 5 but we have the most interesting conversations. The other day we talked about white blood cells and red blood cells!



Sometimes we do have our mother/daughter issues. When she throws tantrums, I have a hard time figuring out if she's legitimately having a tough time and that's why she's acting out, or if she's just having an attitude. She is still recovering from the brain swelling and she does have some sensory processing issues, but at the same time she does have the power to at least try her best to behave. So basically, every day we are walking the line between trying to be understanding and loving, but giving her the discipline she needs. It is really challenging sometimes! I feel pretty guilty, confused, and exhausted at times. But when I look back, I can easily see that we've been making steady progress, so hopefully that keeps up!



At the end of the day, she'll always be my baby girl!! I can't wait for the next year of being her mom. :)