A few Hayley-isms:
Just out of the blue one day you stopped and said “Mommy, I like you. You are so precious.” Melted my heart!
Any time I tell you that we are going to someone’s birthday party you get SO excited and say “yay!!!! It’s my birthday!!!” Haha! When it was Daddy’s birthday, you walked around for a week saying “Happy Birthday to ME!!!!”
You are very scared of bugs and every time one is around you get really upset, run away and want me to hold you. We always tell you “Hayley it’s just a bug, don’t freak out.” And one day you were eating in your high chair and you saw a tiny nat and you said “a bug! I’m freakin out!” Haha!!! We thought it was the funniest thing ever!
It has been a very busy summer for you! All summer long you have been in swim lessons several days a week (more than just your usual once a week lesson). We have been diligently working with you to teach you to swim since you are around pools so much and all of that hard work has paid off! You are swimming so great! We go and swim a lot at Grammie and PawPaw’s. You love to run and jump in the pool over and over and over again. When you jump in you can kick yourself all the way to the surface and then we grab you, turn you around, and you swim back to the wall, pull yourself out and do it all over again. You and also swim about a 6-8 foot distance all by yourself! You haven’t mastered coming up for air on your own yet but you will be doing it by yourself in no time! You continue to amaze me every day and I am so proud of you!
You also just started dance class! You have only been a couple of times but you love it. Even before your first class you were begging to go to your “dance cwass.” Usually you will be going back to your class by yourself but for your first lesson, they wanted parents to come back with you to make sure you were comfortable and didn’t cry. I went back and with you and you were such a big girl! You never got scared and went straight out in the dance floor with everyone. Although you didn’t dance much, you mostly stood around and watched other people (you are an observer and I love that about you). But you warmed up toward the end and your teacher said you have danced the other times we have taken you. I really hope that you love to dance, wether it is in a class, at home, with friends, or wherever. I want this class to build your confidence so that you are never afraid to get up, dance and have a great time!
You are growing up in a blink of an eye! Learning to swim, dance class and now big girl panties! That’s right…we potty trained you!! We spent about a week training you and you did awesome! You are so smart you picked up on it pretty quickly. I put your little potty chair in the living room so it would be close by and put your “potty chart” on the wall next to it. Every time you TT’ed in the potty, you got to put a sticker on your chart and when you pooped you got a stick AND got to pick out a prize (I have a dollar store stash of prizes). The first day I kept you completely naked. I kept trying to set you on the potty every 15 minutes and you were fighting me on it. During that time I sat down to nurse Will and I look over and you were sitting on the potty and you said “mommy I TT” and you did…all by yourself! You really caught in quick, with a few setbacks and accidents, especially when we went from being naked to wearing panties, but all and all you have done awesome! Like I said before, you continue to amaze me every day and I am so very proud of you. Now, I don’t even have to ask you if you need to go. You automatically tell me and it has only been two weeks since we started. You have this potty training thing down!
You started a new year in Mother’s Day Out and you moved up class rooms. Your teachers are very sweet and you love to go and play with your friends. I am so proud of the way you walk in every day, go straight to sit down and don’t fuss or cry. I was so shy my whole childhood and I am so glad that you are not. Yes, you have your bashful moments, but you warm up quickly and thrive in new situations. It makes me so happy! YOU make me so happy!
You are the sweetest and most spirited little girl I know! You have such a fun personality and I love to see it develop every day! You LOVE to have a good time and your excitement for life is inspirational to me. You love to be silly and you ALWAYS make us laugh. You are a sensitive soul and have a beautifully tender heart. You bring so much love and joy into our lives and we thank God that he chose you to be ours!
I love you more than you will ever possibly know.
PS- you LOVE “your” iPad. It is your favorite thing to do…watch shows, play games, and “paint” on it. I try and limit our time on it because I think moderation in all things is a good thing but your seem to always disagree. You pitch fits and get really upset when I tell you to put it away. You get so mad but you will thank me one day that I didn’t let you sit behind a screen all the time and forced you to use your imagination and play. 😉