Ellie turned three! And if you ask her how old she is, she looks at her hands and slowly arranges her fingers and tells you, “I’m free!”, completely charming whoever asked. Though she knew all her letters and numbers soon after turning 2, she now knows what they are for, that numbers quantify something and that letters make up the words in books and spell her name.
In the last few months her language skills have skyrocketed. Not only is she a wonderful conversationalist, she uses excellent grammar and you can often see her brain exploring the words she’s using and putting them together in new ways to subtly change their meaning. She’s constantly surprising us with the terribly mature words and sentences she uses. How bittersweet it is to watch your kids growing up!
Jesse got a soccer ball and we all kick it back and forth, she loves to ride her “bike” and she’s starting to create games to play. She now arranges her toys into different life situations, sitting a bunch of little animals and people down for meals, or arranging them for naptimes with pillows underneath and blankies on top. She loves to lay down and play with whatever her baby sisters are batting at.
She still loves books, but movies are also often requested. She wants to completely independently choose what she wears and usually refuses any help to put it on. She’s currently in a stubborn phase of refusing to wear long sleeves or pants, so is learning about being cold. She also prefers her panties off, so we have had to make rules about going outside without clothes on. Obviously, that they all must be in place before she can go out.
For a long time now, she’s been able to sing all of the songs we sing together and can recite many of her books page by page. She reads to her babies and I see now, over in her dollhouse, that she has placed the mommy she unwrapped today (from her good friend Brooklyn) onto the toilet. For, I imagine, an all-night poop.
She is, of course, gorgeous. Her hair got so long and thick that I trimmed it and will again soon. It’s still probably blond, but as it gets longer, the new growth might be closer to brown. Her eyes are a lovely green/brown/blue, that is unlike any hazel I’ve seen before, but could only be called hazel. Her skin is very soft and sweet and she smells so good when you cuddle up next to her. Her eyebrows are still incredibly expressive.
Her skin looks fairly light, but must not be as light as mine, because even with forgetting sunscreen now and then this summer (I’ve been a little distracted), she has yet to ever have a sunburn. I hope she got Jesse’s family’s tendency to produce melanin rather then burning. She is still long and lean with a little round belly. At her 3 year appointment she weighed 27.5 pounds and was 36 inches tall. Which lands her squarely where she was born, in the 25th percentile for both. I’d say she’s perfect.