Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Madelyn at 4!

So far, four is pretty fun!

So what's new with our Maddy-Moo??

I told her that I was going to write an update on her and she told me, "Say that I can read and spell my name and that I know how to listen."

She started preschool this year and is doing great.  She goes two days a week, it's just perfect for us.  It's funny to hear the stories she reports back from school.  Madelyn loves playing "batgirl" with her friend Bella.  She tells me that two boys in her class are "always repeating us" and "it's so annoying."  She also told me that one day, a girl hit another kid, and "The teacher wasn't there so I was the teacher and I said, 'Remember, we don't hit.'"  She's loving it so far!  

 Madelyn is still our kid with an amazing imagination.  She loves to play with her toy figurines but if those aren't around, she will happily make "characters" out of anything from two forks to her socks to the toothbrushes.  It's so funny when I'm able to overhear the dialogue she creates with her characters.  She can happily play alone for a long time in her own made-up world.  Madelyn will befriend any creature she finds, especially little bugs she finds outside her window.  She calls them her little "buggies."  (But freaks out a bit if they are inside the window).
 Madelyn is genuinely in love with Sam.  She loves being his big sister.  In the mornings, she'll hear him awake and sneak in to make silly faces and noises to him.  If he starts to fuss during the day, she will run over and love on him, and try to make him happy.  Sometimes, she just likes to lay with him on the floor and hang out.
 We still have a pretty good sister relationship too.  Madelyn is excited when it's time to pick Elyse up from school each day.  She misses her playmate.  They get along pretty well, at least half of the time. :-)
 Madelyn loves books and will sit and listen to one of us read a story.  She also likes to "read" the books herself and will come up with some rather dramatic versions of the story.
 We call her "the protector" because she will stand up and defend anyone.  For example, if Dennis is tickling Elyse, she will go to Dennis and shout with all her might, "Stop that" and try and pull his 200 lbs away from Elyse.  I hope she never loses this courage and sense to stick up for those she loves.
 This girl can be slow to move in the morning.  Sometimes takes some dragging out of bed.  She can take FOREVER to get ready.  A million times I'll say, "put your socks on."  We've started making it a race between the kids and the grown-ups to get ready to go in the morning and her competitive spirit thankfully kicks in!
 Madelyn is my little buddy.  She's fun to have along at the grocery store or riding in the car.  We miss Elyse during the day but it has been nice to have some one-on-one time with this girl.  We have some great little conversations.
 If we go walking anywhere, she loves to be "the leader."

 Her favorites are pepperoni pizza, princesses, Disney music and dresses.  She still has an amazing sense of humor for a kid her age.  She's super funny.
 Madelyn can write her name, spell a few words, knows all her numbers and letters.  Smart, funny and kind.  We have a great package, folks!
 We love our Madelyn Joy and we are thrilled she is ours!

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