Spoiler alert: I acknowledge that this post is likely only going to be interesting to me and close family as it will contain excessive detail and shameless bragging about Hailee! There are monthly updates on Cami and Hailee gets little airtime by comparison. As a consequence, this is a long post!
My firstborn is 5! Am I old enough to have a 5 year old?! Crazy! Hailee is so excited to be 5. On the day of her birthday party she walked into our bedroom very early and said, “Dad, I feel five! I am taller! I feel as tall as Bergen!”
At five, Hailee knows how to ingratiate herself to others. For example, she will say at least once a day, if not more, “Mom, you’re the best mom I have.” Or “Mom, you’re the best mom I know.” She frequently tells people who much she loves them and calls them her favorite-this, or favorite-that and has gotten good at thanking people. “Mom, thank you for making me healthy food.” “Dad thank you for snuggling me.” etc. Or with her birthday presents; whatever it is she pulls out of the package she exclaims, “I always wanted this!Thank you!” It’s very sweet and funny.
Hailee also knows how to manipulate. If I discipline her she cries and says, “You are going to give me away and I’ll never see you again!” Of course, I then have to reassure her that no matter how upset I am at something she does, I will never give her away. Chad has found a clever way to effectively combat this manipulative trend. He will respond to Hailee’s statement above by saying, “You want me to give you away?” Immediately Hailee will recant and say, “No!” If she says, “You don’t want me to be your kid anymore!” Chad will say, “You don’t want to be our kid anymore?” This takes all the energy out of her tantrum really quickly and suddenly she’s the one reassuring us she wants to stay with us, opposed to us reassuring her.
Hailee is really a good girl. She is super loving and social and busy. She is good at making friends wherever she goes. I would definitely describe her as an extrovert.
Hailee has begun to grasp humor and her favorite jokes are “knock knock” jokes. The best part about these jokes is that they don’t make any sense! For example, she’ll say, “Knock knock.” Me,”Who’s there.” Hailee,”Shoe” Me,”Shoe who?” Hailee, “Shoe head!” and then she will uproariously giggle at her own cleverness. I can’t help but giggle with her. Each knock knock joke is a rendition of two objects combined like Shoe head, car nose, flower face etc.
At this point in her life Hailee is into building couch-cushion-forts (daily-sigh), coloring cards and writing notes for us to find under our pillows, reading books, dancing, snuggling, swimming (always swimming), gymnastics, building towers out of magnetic blocks, and anything active. When she isn’t moving, she asks to “watch a little kid movie” and her favorites include episodes of Paw Patrol, Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, and Peg + Cat. For reasons I don’t fully understand, she also loves when Chad puts on 20-year-old episodes of the Magic Schoolbus (Thanks to streaming Netflix). Hailee’s favorite colors are still pink and purple. Her favorite place to eat is Noodles and Co. where she devours their buttered noodles and a “rice Christmas” (rice krispy) treat.
Hailee’s drawings have progressed from bubble-headed stick figures to other characters and objects; unicorns and rainbows making frequent appearances. She writes her name perfectly and can write anything we tell her if we spell it out for her. She is excited to learn to read and is beginning to sound out words. She is also thrilled with her new whistling skill and is excited to learn how to ride a two-wheel bike this year.
At five years old Hailee, as her doctor described, is “definitely not the biggest kid on the bus.” She continues to be small but is growing steadily along her own growth chart. She weighs 33.5 pounds and is almost 40 inches tall (39.8). I keep thinking she’ll have a growth spurt like her friends, especially since Hailee has become such a good eater in the last few months…but no growth spurt yet.
I was grateful that after Hailee’s two best friends both had Frozen birthday parties, with appearances by both Princess Elsa and Princess Anna, Hailee got over her Frozen obsession and agreed to do a different kind of party. Because Hailee’s favorite thing to do is swim, we decided to have a swimming party! I immediately built up enthusiasm around this idea. After having a party at our house last year that required some last minute mental/emotional/physical gymnastics because her waterslide party got rained out, I wanted a “destination” birthday that required less planning and less clean up! We rented the party room at our local rec center pool, invited some friends and cousins, and that was that! The perfect party!
Hailee’s friends came and swam to their hearts’ content and then we had pizza, salad, fruit, lemonade, and cake! Hailee was very happy!
I am loving this age for Hailee! She is loving, fun, independent, a little sassy and feisty at times, but a good minder and listener, and so enthusiastic for life! She loves learning and new adventures. The light continues to sparkle from her eyes! I’m so grateful to be Hailee’s mom and have the privilege of raising her these last five years!