Sunday, October 11, 2009

Six

"It's MY birthday today!" At 5:45 this morning, Ellie burst from her room, delighted to be alive. "Happy Birthday to MEEEE!"

Soon, all of us were awake and bundled into the dark, cold car for a special birthday doughnut run. (Doughnuts might be the very best thing about birthdays at our house.)

"How old are you, Ellie?" asked Paul.

"I'm six!"

She told us she wanted spaghetti (p-bsketti) and garlic cheesy bread for dinner. "And milk!" She let us know, periodically, when she wanted us to sing to her. She absolutely gets the whole birthday experience. Of course she loves it! And she's really looking forward to her party.

Kindergarten is hard for Ellie. But it's so good for her, too. Over the last month and a half, Ellie's made huge strides physically (gross motor, fine motor, speech) and emotionally (independence, making cool connections all over the place).

Reasons to celebrate abound.

In addition to my delight with my beloved daughter, I'm also healthier than I've been in a long time. I don't mean physically; I have a terrible cough that refuses to heal. But for a month and a half, Ellie has been going to bed at bedtime. And sleeping all night. It's been SIX YEARS since we've been able to have stress-free bedtimes and parents-only evenings. (I've also lost 20 pounds. Coincidence? Perhaps.)

Have I mentioned that I love Kindergarten?

(Picture legend: Above, Ellie relaxing at the end of a long, wonderful birthday. She's watching The Little Mermaid before bed.)

10 comments:

brooke said...

yeah 6!! and yeah sleeping!! and yeah kindergarten!! happy days to all of you, especially your big ol' 6 year old. :)

Sarahlynn said...

Thanks! :-)

RobMonroe said...

Wow - congrats on the weight loss!

So cool to have the girls on Skype last night - blurry images and all. :o) As soon as we got off, Abby wanted to "go pick up" your whole family. Guess we should have saved the Thanksgiving talk for a few more weeks...

Happy Birthday again to Ellie!

Sarahlynn said...

Thanks. :) 20 down, 45 to go! (Or, at least 10.)

We're all looking forward to our big plane ride, too!

Cate said...

happy birthday Ellie!

Sarahlynn said...

Thanks, Cate. :)

ccw said...

I'm late but Happy Birthday, Ellie!!

datri said...

A belated Happy Birthday! And I SOOOO get you on the bed time thing.

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Mary P Jones (MPJ) said...

A belated happy birthday to Ellie! And yay for good sleep! What a blessing!