STALEY IS 5!!
It's hard to believe that my baby is already 5 years old. She is growing up so fast! She now weighs around 40 lbs and is 42" tall. (I know this because she wants me to measure her almost every night so that she knows which rides at Disney she is going to be tall enough for. :)) She is wearing 5T clothes from the toddler section and XS (4/5) clothes from the girls section. It makes me a little sad that she has almost outgrown the cute little sizes and is growing into the big kid sizes. She is in size 9 shoes. Staley never, ever, ever naps, although she does "rest time" every day at home, which is basically just playing on her own while her siblings nap and I get some things done. She sleeps for about 11-12 hours at night, with bedtime between 7:30 and 8:00. She still has occasional (maybe once or twice every couple of months) night wakings where she has a hard time going back to sleep, but hasn't had any of her night terrors in quite a while. She remains my opinionated, independent, thoughtful, helpful, sweet, loving little girl.
Likes: Staley has a plethera of interests. Current favorite play activities include playing Barbies (and Barbie horses), figurines, putting on shows (dressing up, singing, dancing, playing musical instruments), doing arts and crafts, and pretending. Always, always, always pretending. (This morning Staley and Adelie spent over an hour pretending they were going to Disney World.)
Staley and Adelie having a tea party with their stuffed animals
Staley loves going places--preschool, the library, kid's choir, swimming, the zoo, museums,... but is also very content to play at home. She has a variety of little friends at church (Laynie and June), pre-school (Chloe, Josslyn, Magnolia, Bella, Dylan), for play dates (Kyli, Makinley, Avery), and in the neighborhood (Annalivia, Emmaleise, Daniel, Peter, Brody, Blake), but her best friends are Adelie, Lila, and Liam. Although of her cousins she is closest with Lila and Liam (who are both her same age), she LOVES all her cousins and enjoys spending time with them. She also loves playing with, and helping with, her younger siblings. She and Adelie are two peas in a pod and play together really well. When I interviewed Staley, she said that Adelie is her best friend. I love that!!
Staley with her cousins Olivia and Lila
Staley and Avery
(Avery is the daughter of MY best friend, so I love that she and Staley get along so well.)
Staley and Jackie, all ready for bed.
Being a big helper with Briggs on our play set.
Staley has also started wanting to take showers instead of baths, and gets so excited about them. Staley is a good eater and eats most everything, although she doesn't really care for veggies. Current favorite TV shows include Little Einsteins, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Little Charmers, and Paw Patrol. Favorite movies are generally Barbie movies. Staley still really likes Disney princesses. At this moment, Jasmine is her favorite, but when asked, she will often list Jasmine, Merida, and Pocahontas at the top of her list. (She also likes Ariel and Elsa.) Staley loves to read! She has many books memorized and will "read" them to Adelie. She also likes to make up her own stories and songs...and has gotten quite good at both. She currently really enjoys reading the Rainbow Magic fairy chapter books (they are awful!) with Zach. But she's not too picky. She'll sit and listen to me read books as long as I'm willing.
Staley and Adelie reading together
Staley loves to help around the house with everything from cooking to cleaning to folding laundry to watching her siblings. She also likes to exercise with me if I'm going running or doing an exercise video. Staley always prefers to pick out her own clothes. She generally wants to wear a dress or a skirt. Glittery and sparkly are always preferred. Or anything with leopard print or cheetah print. She also still really enjoys matching or coordinating with Adelie. Given the chance, she loves to pick out what the whole family will wear. (She's a girl who likes to be in charge!)
Happy about their matching PJs
Dislikes: Staley is still picky about clothing textures, preferring knit dresses and skirts with leggings. She will occasionally wear soft pants, but not jeans or khaki pants. She doesn't like vegetables, except cheesy carrots and corn on the cob, but will eat her veggies when requested. She does not like to be told what to do, preferring when things are her own idea. (That's one of the reasons I dread family pictures--telling Staley what she has to wear and how she needs to pose don't always go over very well.) Staley is still sensitive about "scary things" and will request parts of movies or TV shows with bad guys be fast forwarded, even though we don't watch anything even remotely scary. (She can't even make it through a movie like 'Toy Story' or the Disney princess movies or even some of the Tinkerbell movies without fast forwarding. She even closes her eyes at some of the scenes in the super-benign kids shows she watches on Nick Jr. or Disney Jr.) She is getting better about not covering her ears with the mixer or hand dryers, but still does not like loud noises like sirens and fireworks. Staley can get a little pouty or bossy when people don't want to play how she wants them to, although I feel like this has been getting a little better lately.
Skills: Staley can ride her bike with training wheels, use her two-wheeled scooter (with one foot on the scooter and one foot on the ground), do somersaults, climb most of the apparatus at the playground, and hop on one foot. When we went swimming on her birthday, Staley was going underwater and trying to swim. She is left-handed, and does really well with writing her capital letters, drawing simple shapes/designs (like stick people, suns, trees), cutting things out, and doing crafts. She has a little sewing machine and loves to sew with it.
Staley will spend hours at the table doing craft projects.
Staley is getting really independent with things like getting dressed, tying her shoes, zipping her coat, washing up in the shower, brushing her teeth, brushing her hair, pouring drinks (when the cartons aren't too full), taking her dishes to the counter, and cleaning up her toys. Staley has a great memory and is very bright. She can count to 100 (and more), sounds out words, recognizes most of her upper case letters and numbers from 1-30 (she still struggles with B/D and 6/9), recognizes many of her lower case letters, does simple addition, has a number of Spanish words in her vocabulary, and always remembers what she learned in Sunday School, pre-school, through books/TV shows, and at home. Staley is always thinking and is never lacking for ideas. "I have a great idea" is something that I hear all.the.time...especially after I've proposed something different.
Staley is very sweet and kind-hearted. She is thoughtful and loves to give compliments and make gifts for others. She generally shares really well and plays nicely with her friends, cousins, and siblings. She has a big heart and a sweet personality, but isn't afraid to speak her mind. I am so proud of the little girl she is! My heart is full!!
My big 5 year old!