A beautiful smile.
Happy birthday to my Rosie Roo. My precious third daughter turned three today, and I’m so proud of this sweet little girl. She is different from her older and younger sisters, and its amazing to watch her and wonder what is going on in her little head. Although she talked sooner and better than Grace, she is much more quiet and reflective. I suspect she is partially melancholic. For the first time, I think I understand why temperment books describe melancholic children as having “old souls.” Often, she seems much older that just turned three, and she’s definitely more serious that her sisters. But she also has a very silly, spunky side, and will run and jump (often on Daddy!) and laugh and giggle and give big hugs.
So far, Theresa has been our only child who resembles me. Her brown eyes and hair and sweet pointed chin look a lot like me or my sister when we were little. But her brown eyes are wide and clear, like her Daddy’s. Theresa has always been the most independent little girl, playing well and happily by herself even before she could crawl. She loves her baby dolls, blankets, and finding and gathering all sorts of things, then leaving them in piles around the house. Her favorite drop spots being the middle of my kitchen and her bed.
Dressed up and carrying a baby doll.
Theresa goes here and there around the house and yard, wandering around the yard or swinging by herself on the swing set. When she visits other people’s houses, she often finds a spot by herself to play there too. She can sit and amuse herself for hours, and has a short attention span for books, but she still will rarely sit still to watch TV or a movie. I suspect she has her own world in her head, and doesn’t need to see one playing out on a screen.
First haircut from Ms. Shoanna.
Theresa loves babies. Whether she sees a picture, a baby in an advertisement, or whether we’re at the store, she will always spot the babies and want to go see them. She is generally gentle with babies, and now that her own baby sister is big enough to play, loves hugging and coddling her. Of course, she is a good mommy to her baby dolls, and loves putting them to bed, nursing them, and singing to them.
Although Theresa likes to play by herself, she also spends a lot of time playing with her sisters. They do argue and clash quite a bit, largely because Theresa has a hard time communicating to her big sister that she needs space, and because her little sister is always grabbing stuff. However, many days Theresa and Grace will get busy playing together for long periods of time. They love the swing set in the new backyard, and recently have been making “tents” in their bunk bed and in their playhouse, every day. Yesterday I went outside, and was told they had a “stable” and Theresa was Joseph. So I guessed Grace was Mother Mary and the doll was Baby Jesus.
At the pool.
At the beach.
This summer, there has been no doubt that Theresa loves the water! She enjoys jumping and splashing in the waves, playing in the sand, and walking out into the gentle surf. At the pool, she prefers to not wear a floatie, even if it means dunking under and getting her head wet sometimes. She likes jumping off the side and going down little slides. Happily, she has very little fear of the water and I wonder if she will learn to swim before Gracie (hope to get them both in swim lessons this fall).
Most of the time, Theresa is a great eater, and we call her the “stomach”! If asked, she’ll say her favorite food is chocolate, but she also loves fruit and pasta, but will eat just about anything. She will occasionally help with baking, and especially likes to lick spoons! Sometimes, she will help sweep or clean up, but this takes a good bit of prompting. Theresa is also a night owl. While she hasn’t napped regularly in a year, she will still fall asleep in the car or when she is very tired. But then, she can’t fall asleep. Even on most nights, she takes awhile to toss and turn before drifting off, while Grace lays her head down and goes right to sleep. Sometimes, Theresa will cover her bed with books she gets out to look at, probably falling asleep an hour after we leave her room. On the flip side, she’s the only one who sleeps in! If not woken up by a sister, Theresa will sleep until 8 or 9, and if she comes into bed with me, that’s the only time of day she is really snugly.
She communicates much better at this age than her older sister did, which has been wonderful for me to hear her little words and also be able to communicate better with her! I was very excited to be able to do the “Birthday Quiz” with Theresa, and actually get answers! (Borrowed this from Rosie at A Blog for My Mom.)
1. What is your favorite color? Rainbow.
2. What is your favorite toy? Penguin, baby doll.
3. What is your favorite fruit? Strawberries.
4. What is your favorite television show? Tinkerbell.
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Nut-ting! (Nothing) (Then she started answering nothing to everything, so we finished later 🙂
6. What is your favorite outfit? The pink dress she is wearing, that she picked out this morning.
7. What is your favorite game? Birthday.
8. What is your favorite snack? Chocolate.
9. What is your favorite animal? Cat.
10. What is your favorite song? *Vocalizes at a high pitch*
11. What is your favorite book? Baby books.
12. Who is your best friend? Daddy
13. What is your favorite cereal? Joes Os
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play with her new water table.
15. What is your favorite drink? Water.
16. What is your favorite holiday? Easter.
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Baby doll.
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Joe-joes and oatmeal.
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Nothing.
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Like Daddy.
Bonus: What’s your favorite vacation place? Outside.
Of all my children, Theresa sort of fascinates me the most. I often wonder what she is thinking or pretending. Although she looks like me, I think she is quite unlike me, and I hope that I can be a good mom to her and treat her with a great deal of love and understanding. Because she is smart and quick and clever, its so easy to think of her as older that she actually is, and underneath her independence, I know she is also sensitive. When she smiles, I see a dear, sweet soul, one who will hopefully grow into a beautiful and smart girl. I love you, my daughter.