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For the last couple of years, Kaitlyn has had some fear creep up for no apparent reason. At age four, it was the wind. At age five, it was fear of me leaving her sight. I wondered what might happen at age six…
So far nothing huge! I hope that continues.
The thing that did creep up, however, is hand pinching. This is something she did from a baby on up to about age five for self-soothing. We noticed at her first soccer practice, she started doing it again.
Kaitlyn is playing soccer and enjoying it. She is good at anticipating where the ball will go to rather than just chasing where it is going. She is not aggressive at all nor is she a hard kicker–she sometimes looks more like she is extending her leg to do a ballet toe point than kicking. EDIT–after I wrote this, Kaitlyn really took off and started kicking quite hard. She really enjoys it and she gets to run around with her friends. It is a fun age to watch. They are young enough they still make the cute little mistakes but old enough they do some real playing.
Eating is another thing that changed at her birthday…she got picky again. She is my only child to be picky with food, luckily, because food issues can really be stressful. I have gotten over the stress aspect–I don’t let it worry me. But every so often we have to face the battle. My husband and I have to be really careful about how we battle it because if she is required to eat more of one food than she can handle, she will throw it back up. It isn’t that she is too full, it is that she will have reached her point of no return on the gag reflux. And it isn’t just taste–I think very little of it is taste at this point. She has texture issues. She used to love pears, but now gags when she eats them because of the “strings.”
This has always been and continues to be our biggest difficulty with her. We just do our best to make sure she eats a balanced diet. If it were left to her, she would eat saltines, cheese, pepperoni, peas, apples, and white bread.
Sleeping is going really well. Having Kaitlyn and Brayden share is super easy. So easy I forget I even have room sharers.
I have to wonder if part of the ease is that they are in bunk beds. I have to imagine that makes it easier. They can’t look at each other once they are in bed. I am sure there are children who would not let that deter them (like, um, McKenna), but I think it is helpful. I do think no matter the bed situation, Brayden and Kaitlyn would be fine.
Kaitlyn still loves art best of all. We had an Evening of the Arts at school (the PTO version of Reflections). She just loved doing art projects and turning them in, and she even got grand prize in the categories she entered.
The Kindertude is gone! Hurray!
School is going really well! Her teacher is great and gives her some extra things to do so she can be a bit more challenged.
Kaitlyn is still taking piano and really enjoys it.
She is also in dance and loves to dance. She and McKenna put on their dance shoes and put on shows for me all of the time. Girls are so different from boys!
Here is our typical school day schedule
7:00–wake up. Eat breakfast. Get Ready. Free Play until school.
Go to school.
Come home from school.
1:00–Learning Activities Time
1:30–Play with McKenna
3:00–Practice piano and homework if she has it. Time with Mommy.
5-5:30–dinner. Family time
7:00–start getting ready for bed
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