Sophie & Oopsie
I always heard that age five is a BIG year developmentally. I never quite knew what to make of that statement and often questioned the truth of it. Now I am experiencing that it is indeed true and I am watching it unfold daily. While a five year old seeks more independence, at the same time they still want cuddles and attention and praise. They start to develop deeper relationships with friends and family members. They really begin to grasp more complex concepts and feelings, etc. and, as I know from my own life, start to have memories which can last their entire lives. In Sophie's case, this is all true. She can really articulate her feelings well. She tends to listen a bit better than before but she still has tantrums and emotional breakdowns. In a few weeks she'll start school and spend more time away from home than maybe ever before. She'll make new friends and establish a foundation for a life outside of our home and family. It's a lot for a mother to take in. It went by so quickly.
The four of us went out one night last week for a quick burrito. Sophie asked to sit at a chair in the window by herself. Not entirely by herself though....Oopsie joined her. She got a booster seat for him and everything. Alain, Clara and I sat at a proper table just a few feet away yet I couldn't tear my eyes away from my baby girl sitting at the window with her animal friend. So big yet still so small.
I fought back the tears in the restaurant but they flow freely now.
I am so proud of her and I am madly in love with who she is becoming!
As is very common in Sophie's life these days, Lil' Sis had to interrupt to see exactly what she was missing out on.....I just had to include a photo of that!
Nonno Carlo, thank you for that most adorable outfit for Clara. It's perfect!