Today is April 11th... and Bella is three and a half!
Growing too fast. But watching her grow is awesome.
Bella is just one of the sweetest things ever. She's compassionate, nurturing, smart, beautiful, super active and just as curious as she can be. I think about it everyday - just how big she is getting. I can't believe it. I have told her many times how "I don't want her to grow up!" This has come back to me in these ways:
"I don't want to take a nap today"
"Do you know why we take naps, Bella? It helps our bodies rest and grow."
"But you don't want me to grow up, Mom."
"Why do I have to eat these vitamins, Mom?"
"They help us grow!"
"But... you don't want me to grow up."
Amazing how they can use our words against us.
I call her my "Big Helper" and although I say it sometimes to encourage her to help me more - she really does help me so much! She's my partner in crime and is a great at letting me know (every 2 min) what Farrah is doing. :)
I'm sticking to nap or rest time at the same time as sister (about 1:30 or 2) - and she'll actually nap for a couple of hours about every third day. The other days, she'll come out after an hour and declare, "I'm so silly. I didn't take a nap!" Although I miss the days of a nap every day, I am thankful she gets a rest and is quiet so that Farrah can sleep. Bella will then come out and help me do things - sometimes we do something fun like "cook" - she helped me make granola bars last week.
She also enjoys unloading the groceries (and Farrah is helping with this now, too!), the dishwasher, dressing and undressing herself, setting the table, and using her little dirt devil dust buster!
She also has picked up a habit of coming in our room sometime in the night to "cuddle." Chris and I actually think her love language is Touch (if you know the 5 love languages). She loves to cuddle, and is just overall a very lovey little girl. I love it.
Hmmmm... what else? She can write lots of her letters. She loves to draw faces. She loves "craft time" - water coloring, markers, projects... Likes role playing - grocery store, cash register, cooking for us, etc.
She keeps me ON MY FEET!
Oh, and I'll leave you with some of the funny things she likes to say:
"Mom, we have a situation!"
"Dad, you are a genius!"
"Dad, quit being sassy."
and "My seat belt is too tiiiiiiiiiiiiiight!" (I could do without this one! :))