Adeline has been three and a half for a bit now, but we've all been so sick and busy that I haven't had time to write about it. And three-and-a-half is FUN so I always want to remember Adeline as she is right this minute. I guess I'll go with a list as there is just so much I want to include!
Adeline loves music. She enjoys every moment of her music classes and her teacher tells me that Adeline is very musically gifted. Adeline wants to listen to music all day long and since we've put the CD player down low in the kitchen, she pretty much does. I'm NOT a music-all-day kind of person, so it's not always easy for me, but I love to watch my daughter sing and dance around the kitchen!
Adeline will be taking a "Musical Theatre" class starting next month. She is super-excited about getting to be in a show. I might be more excited though...
Adeline loves to laugh and she REALLY likes to make other people laugh. She tells her version of jokes, including the famous (in our family) and totally nonsensical owl-on-a-badgel joke. Adeline also likes to talk in funny voices, use her evil laugh and do funny walks to make people laugh.
Adeline really enjoys books, especially the ones that make her laugh. Going to the library is one of her favourite outings.
Adeline's favourite band is Devo.
Adeline is incredibly kind to babies.
Adeline is super gentle and loving with her best cat friend Zephyr and with all animals.
Adeline loves preschool and she has a group of close friends. I don't want to use the word "popular" to describe a three year old, as that's a loaded word at any age, but Adeline is the kid that everyone wants to play with, the one who is missed when she's not there and the one that everyone claims as a friend.
Adeline's favourite thing to do at preschool is to have a dance party, which they do almost every day.
Adeline is very into Tinker Bell and the Fairies and if she has to be into something Disney I much much prefer Tink as she is strong-willed, capable, smart, curious, a good friend and isn't waiting around for a prince to save the day or carry her off to her "happily ever after". The fairies are also ethnically diverse and have a wide range of personalities, abilities and interests. We often all have to be in character for good portions of the day - she is always Periwinkle, I'm Tinker Bell and David used to be Lord Milori, but lately he has to be Rosetta, the girliest of the fairy crew. Adeline is super excited that her Nana says that she can have fairy sheets on the bed at her Nana's new house.
Adeline's favourite things to do at home are draw pictures, play with playdough, play restaurant or veterinarian, play with her animal figures, do puzzles, play board games like Hi-Ho-Cherry-O and help with cooking, cleaning and chores. Adeline finds fun in everything and everyone who knows her describes her as enthusiastic and exuberant!
Wormy and Squirmy (realistic life-size squishy rubber worms) just came into our life and they are her constant companions, go with her everywhere, and have MANY adventures every day.
Adeline is very competitive and has a hard time losing, but she's working on it.
After rejecting swings totally for well over a year, Adeline is back to LOVING the swings and she's starting to learn to pump on her own.
Adeline knows all her letters and she's getting better at writing them all the time. The first word she can spell and write on her own is "ham". She is working hard on her name as well. She knows a lot of the letter sounds and definitely has some good pre-reading skills.
Adeline is a whizz at counting, patterns, very basic addition and other math skills now. This was totally taught to her by television - Team Umizoomi to be specific.
Adeline tells me that when she's a grown up she's going to have a snake named Annabelle who will sleep by her bed.
Adeline has decided she wants to be a doctor when she's a grown up. She knows you have to be really smart and go to "preschool, elementary school, teenager school and then doctor school". Adeline wants to be the kind of doctor who puts bandages on heads - "But maybe not babies, because they won't hold still for me".
Adeline is NOT a good patient. I always pictured taking care of my sick daughter differently... Adeline gets MAD when she's sick. She's surly and lashes out and says no to everything. She shrugs off every attempt at physical affection and sometimes accompanies the shrug with a growl. NOT a good patient at home.
Adeline is a GREAT patient at the Doctor, Dentist and Opthamologist - she listens, is calm and quiet, does everything that's asked of her and is friendly and happy to be there. She's even patient in the waiting room as long as we've brought a pad of paper to play tic-tac-toe or draw on and a few small toys.
Adeline wants her glasses every minute of the day. You can tell that even though she coped very well before she had them, now she feels very wrong without them. The only reason there are a few pictures here without them is that she was just out of the bath.
Adeline is very attached to Elephant and at home he's always close by. He often comes in the car with us as well, and going to bed without him is UNTHINKABLE. She also has a group of eleven stuffies that must be in her bed. Adeline tells me that when she wakes up in the night and sees them waving and smiling at her, she knows she can go back to sleep. Adeline is an AWESOME sleeper now, so even though there's increasingly less room in the bed for the girl, she can have as many stuffies as she wants in there!
Adeline can cope without a nap, but she still has MUCH better days when she gets one.
Adeline's favourite food is banh chung - really. She also loves cheese, eggs, noodles, tofu, fruit (but NOT kiwis) rice, barley soup, carrots, chocolate, ice cream, spring rolls, bacon and avocadoes.
Adeline is 36 inches tall and 27 pounds. At home she looks just the right size, but when seen at preschool she looks TEENY-TINY compared to all her friends. She has a big personality though!
Lately, Adeline is asking a LOT of questions about her birth mother and how she was born and is obviously processing some very big feelings. I'm so glad she's talking to me about them and not trying to keep things in and figure it out by herself.
Adeline's favourite colour is ORANGE. It's not easy to have orange as a favourite colour as so few things (especially girl things) come in orange. It looks like orange/coral is trending for this summer though, so I'll have to get her some orange clothes or shoes. She prefers a bright "electric pumpkin" kind of orange, but coral is acceptably orange.
Adeline is very into drawing lately and does some very creative work, mostly using the orange marker. She doesn't really have the right grip yet, but it's not stopping her. Of course there are lots of pictures of her family and pets, but she also draws all sorts of interesting things, including all kinds of animals, sea creatures and bugs. Sometimes Adeline gets frustrated because her drawings aren't "perfect" (her word). I'm trying to get her to see that they are wonderful and that artists draw things the way they want to and drawings don't have to look like photographs.
Adeline is still experiementing with bossiness and rude tones of voice, so we're continuing to work on that. She only does that stuff with her family and we're working on it...
Adeline loves bouncy castles, trampolines and Dasher, the inflatable hop-on deer we bought in Vietnam.
As I write this Adeline is on her first almost-all-day playdate with a friend without Mama, Daddy or Nana coming along and next month she is going to her first drop-off birthday party. My girl is growing up and is a confident and capable little person!
The words I would use to describe my amazing daughter at three-and-a-half are enthusiastic (about everything), energetic, curious (about everything), kind, happy, stubborn, opinionated, musical, confident, eager to learn, loud (in a good way), focused (when she wants to be), smart, creative, busy and filled with life!
I'm a lucky, lucky Mama to have such a great daughter and I can only wonder what the next years will bring...