Number One: She remains fiercely independent. Emily is in full-blown threenager status, and some days involve a lot of time-outs, but our days also involve a lot of spontaneous hugs and kisses and her stopping playing just long enough for an “I love you, Mommy” before racing back to her game. Emily is strong-willed and not shy about telling us what she wants, but she’s also pretty introverted. She loves playing with the neighbor kids, but it’s not uncommon for her to leave the group after a few minutes and take some time to play quietly on her own. As someone who also needs time alone to decompress, I totally get it.
Number Two: Emily is fearless. We’ve always called her our baby mountain goat, and her love for climbing anything and everything has not lessened. Where her brother cautiously assesses new challenges, Emily is more prone to charge in head first and ask questions later. This girl has never met a piece of playground equipment she didn’t want to climb, and she usually manages to make it to the top and back with minimal injury.
Number Three: Emily adores her brother. I was talking to her the other day about him going off to kindergarten next week (!) and realized mid-conversation that she was under the impression she would be going with him. It makes sense, if you think about it with three-year-old logic: She’s always done everything with him. They went to their first daycare together, then they switched to a new daycare together last year, and last week they left that school together to start spending their days with their new nanny, Miss Gaby. So why wouldn’t they also go to kindergarten together? Needless to say she was pretty distraught to learn that she will not, in fact, be starting kindergarten next week. I talked up the fact that she’d get the toys at Miss Gaby’s house all to herself while Zander’s in school, and she’d be able to go with Miss Gaby to drop Alexander off and pick him up from school every day, and he’ll just be right down the street from Miss Gaby’s house (have I mentioned how much I LOVE having our kids in the care of this wonderful woman who is right here in our neighborhood?), and that helped a little. But now she talks a lot about “Soon Zanner go to school. And then I will miss my brother,” and my heart breaks right into a million pieces. She’s going to miss him for sure, but I think my independent little introvert will also benefit greatly from the one-on-one attention she’ll get while Alexander’s at school.