Staley has been so good about all the changes and transitions leading up to Peanut's arrival. She is not jealous of her crib or dresser or artwork in Peanut's nursery. She loves her new big girl bed, and (unfortunately) the nap time freedom that appears to come with it. And although we try to do much of the getting-ready work while she is napping or sleeping, some of our jobs have to be done while she is awake. Staley always entertains herself well and takes it in stride when we have to get things done. I am so grateful for her sweet, easy-going nature.
Today, we had a few jobs to get done in Staley's room after church. I had a few small gifts that I had been saving for Easter and other occasions for Staley, so we decided to give her one of them as a special treat while we finished up projects in her room. On the way home from church, we had this conversation.
Me: "When we get home, we'll go upstairs to do some work in your room. And we have a surprise for you upstairs."
Staley: "What is it?"
Me: "It's a surprise. That means it's a secret. You'll get to see it when we get home."
Staley: "Is it a xylophone?"
Really???? Of all the possible things she could have guessed, xylophone seems like an unlikely choice. When I told her that it was not, in fact, a xylophone, she proceeded with a variety of other guesses including a piano, a saxophone, a house, horses, a cow, a movie, a gate, stairs, and a bear. Luckily, Staley didn't seem at all disappointed that her surprise was a new Dora book...and not a xylophone.