What can I say about my sweet little Addie...
Except that she's not so little anymore. She is 4-years-old (and will count it out for you on her polished little fingers).
At this time last year, I was counting down the days until Addie's ballet recital. It had been a challenging year and I wasn't sure that my little Stage 5 Clinger would EVER want to do anything on her own. I feared that preschool was going to be one of the hardest transitions that she ever had to make. I pictured crocodile tears and two little hands gripping my leg every day.
But then this amazing thing happened. My peanut grew up.
She let go of my leg and went running into her preschool the first day. And then she did the same at ballet. I was shocked...and a little worried that it was just first day excitement.
But here we are, just a month away from ending our first school-year, and Addie still loves going to preschool and ballet (especially when it's crazy hair and neon day :-) She loves her teachers and friends and I wonder how she will ever survive the summer without them. I can picture one excited little girl when September arrives.
I just had my end-of-the-year conference with Addie's teacher today and I almost cried when I looked at her progress card. She can identify all her numbers, letters, colors and shapes. She can trace, color and cut on the lines. She can spell her name. She has great fine and gross motor skills and her teacher even made it a point to tell me that Addie is incredibly imaginative and creative. We still need to work on listening attentively, but that will come in time. Or maybe never at all (I was always in trouble for talking in class). Ha! She loves being a class helper and LOVES telling stories. Go figure.
I know I am doing some serious bragging right now, but I just can't help it. I was PETRIFIED in September when Addie first went to school and we have had to work on some different things throughout the year. But to get a report like this just fills my heart with joy...and pride. My sweet baby girl is growing up and I LOVE the little girl that she is becoming. She is funny and dramatic and sensitive and she will honestly make friends with anyone. I am just so blessed to have her as my daughter :-)
Mommy is SO proud of you Addie cakes!