Dear Carly, today we celebrated your fifth birthday. On this day five years ago you joined our family and made it complete. Everyone was so happy and excited to meet you, especially your big sister.
Looking at your ever growing self, it's hard for me to remember that I could rest you on my chest, like I did at the hospital, gazing at your thick head of hair and your tiny features.
There's no way you would sit still like this today!
After a few days, we were all home together, where I could enjoy being with my three favorite people.
It's been a joy watching you grow up from that tiny baby. At age two your baby face was still evident, even though you considered yourself quite the big girl.
You went through your 'terrible twos' as a very defiant, very loud, very stubborn little girl. Daddy hoped that once you were three you would revert to the sweetness of your babyhood. A full tantrum you threw on the morning of your third birthday disabused him of that notion immediately. However, you could also be quite sweet and loving, then as now.
By age four you had developed a swagger, along with an extensive vocabulary and immense observation skills. Nothing escapes your notice!
This year, it was hard for you to say goodbye to the friends who left for kindergarten. Your October birthday makes you a bit too young to join them this year. Luckily, you've made many friends in your new class, Pre-K 2, and you love your teacher, Ms. Tiffany. You told Ms. Tiffany all about how Rebecca has homework to do every night, and how you wished you did too, so she sent home some papers for you to work on at home. You started playing soccer this year, on a team called the Greyhounds, and you have been having so much fun there.
Carly, you are a girl of many interests. Along with soccer, you are learning ballet, and at school you have the opportunity to do gymnastics and karate. The gymnastics in particular is a natural for you and your high energy level. I love that you have all of these opportunities to try so many fun activities. At home, you like making art and playing with your dolls and toys, especially your mini veterinarian office, where you and Rebecca spend many hours together treating your stuffed animals. You've gotten good at using the mouse on the computer and so computer games and activities have become a lot of fun for you. At Webkinz you have a dog named Hugger who has the most elaborate rooms I have ever seen, all decorated by you using your imagination. Sometimes you and I play some of your Webkinz games together, because (shh, don't tell anyone) I think some of those games are a lot of fun too!
Finally you're starting to slow down some, in terms of your need to be a blur of motion and sound. You and I have spent some wonderful evenings cuddled together reading, watching TV or just talking. You have matured enough to understand that you need to be gentle with Trixie, our skittish rescue dog, and so now instead of hiding from you, she welcomes your gentle petting and the "relly bubs" you give her.
My sweet Caroline, I love you with my whole heart, and I look forward to sharing with you all the adventures of being five years old.