Lucy’s love for animals/insects/reptiles is still going strong. She physically cannot restrain herself from petting dogs when they walk by, she spends hours chasing dragonflies in our backyard, she’s constantly checking up on the cats down the street, and she was mesmerized by the GIGANTIC snapping turtle that somehow crawled onto our neighbor’s front porch and then made its way between our houses back to the woods. We’ve finally realized that this girl needs some sort of pet to care for. Stay tuned, we’ve got something in the works for her!
Our little five-year-old has developed a need to read, and we aren’t sad about it! She wants us to read BOB books to her all the time, and is doing her best to sound out some letters. We’re going to start working on sight words with her, and I ordered a set of Paw Patrol phonics books because learning to read should be FUN!
Lucy hears EVERYTHING we say. Those little ears of hers are working overtime lately, and she’s constantly butting into our conversations and asking us what/who we’re talking about. Even when we’re in the car and she’s watching a movie on her iPad, she’ll still interrupt and comment on what Matty and I are talking about up front! We try to indulge her when we can, but sometimes she just needs to mind her own business and let mommy and daddy talk for a few minutes! It’s more and more obvious that “whisper” conversations aren’t an option anymore because this girl’s ears will still hear us! I think we have another year or two where we’ll still be able to spell things out without her understanding, but once she learns to spell we’re really going to be in trouble!
Emily is obsessed with seeing “how much is in there.” No matter what we have in our hands . . . a bag of chocolate chips, a pot of mac and cheese, a basket filled with laundry, a bin of toys . . . she always asks, “Can I see how much is in there, mama?”
We do quiet time every day at our house, and Emily is the quiet time champion. She’s not always quiet, but she stays in her room and plays the entire 45 minutes and has zero problem entertaining herself. Sometimes she’ll set up elaborate displays with her dollies and stuffies, sometimes she reads books or does puzzles, and sometimes she’ll sit in her rocking chair and belt out all the songs from Frozen and Frozen 2. She has really gotten good at entertaining herself!
Emily continues to cruise around the neighborhood on her two wheel bike, and it’s just the cutest thing ever! We’ve really been enjoying our family bike rides, but we’ve had a few close calls with Ems. We’re nervous that she has the physical ability to ride the bike, but perhaps not the mental capability to understand how to make safe choices all the time. We’ve figured out a few routes in our neighborhood that don’t have any big hills or big bumps in the street/sidewalk, and that has definitely helped boost everyone’s confidence! We are so proud of how well Emily is doing and how adorable she looks doing it! 😉