Thursday, October 29, 2015

FIVE Might Just Be My Favorite Age Yet

Our family has made it through the baby stage, toddler stage, and even the terrible three's stage fairly unscathed. I was a little worried as Sophia entered grade school and felt a little like we were entering uncharted territory. Most of my education/experience is in early childhood and so I felt like I didn't have a lot of experience with those yucky school agers. I felt a little nervous entering this stage of our lives. Well, guys I am here to tell you- I'm not sure what all the nerves were all about because age 5 is one of my favorite ages we've hit so far!

You may need to remind me of these sentiments six months from now, but we're almost in month four of being 5 and it's a pretty darn exciting time. Here are just a few reasons why:

 Increased independence
Sophia has always been very independent but in the last six months, her independence has shot through the roof. Home girl gets out her own clothes, gets dressed in the morning and knows the routine like a well synchronized swimmer. No longer do I have to provide a play by play of the routine which helps me immensely with our morning/night routines. Oh and did I mention she gets in and out of the car by herself too?! Hallelujah!

No longer is silence questionable 
We all know that with a toddler, silence is no good. It means something suspicious is happening and you better find said toddler before you end up with a whole box of tissues pulled out of its box. Or worse. But with Sophia- I know that when she is quiet she is fully immersed in an activity. She goes up to her room and plays by herself or with Saidey. With her, I can say silence is golden. :)

Sophia and I have had some of our best talks in the car after daycare/school. But I tell you, the conversations we have now are generally reciprocal, inquisitive and enjoyable. Every once in awhile they veer off into nonsensical directions, proving she is still, just a typical five year old but conversations are definitely getting better as she gets older. =)

Improved sense of humor
Sophia is a girl with quite the humor and has recently been into telling Knock Knock Jokes. Do they always make sense? No. Are they always funny? No. Do they sometimes involve bodily functions? Yup. But hey, we all gotta start somewhere.

Second pair of eyes 
Now, I know why I had a second child! So my first child can keep an eye on her and let me know when she is about to eat the dog food. Or crumble her cereal on the floor and then proceed to smash it into the carpet. Sophia is my second pair of eyes and let's me know in advance, when Saidey is about to get into some shenanigans. 

Cuteness overload
Ok fine, she is still oh so cute. If you know me, you know how much I love baby feet, toes, and fingers. And their smell?! Pure bliss. Well, when they don't have a dirty diaper, that is. Even though Sophia is losing her chubby, baby cheeks and kissable toes, she is still cute as a button.

See what I mean?! Ca-uuutte!

Sophia's school play went wonderful. I will post some pics/videos that you can check out on Monday. We broke her out of school early and of course what's a skip day without going to Target?!

After Target, we picked Saidey up and spent the afternoon playing Play-Doh. We met Will for dinner at Panera and headed home to carve/paint pumpkins.

We have a slow weekend and I can't wait for it. That's it for today- have a great Friday!