|McKenna has been teaching herself
to play the piano
This is a summary for McKenna at 5 years old. McKenna is a very fun person. She is one of those children that everyone always stops to tell me how much they enjoy her. She is the life of whatever party is going on. Even people who only see her because they have a child who is friends with one of my older children stop me to comment on how much they enjoy McKenna.
McKenna eats a lot and eats a very healthy diet. Her favorite foods to eat are fruits and vegetables. Her weird quirk with food is whenever Kaitlyn is around, she wants to eat things exactly how Kaitlyn likes them. For example, if we have spaghetti, Kaitlyn likes hers with just butter and Parmesan cheese. So McKenna has hers that way. If we eat spaghetti for lunch (when Kaitlyn is at school), however, McKenna wants it with spaghetti sauce.
McKenna still needs a lot of sleep. If she doesn’t get at least 12 hours of sleep at night, she needs a nap the next day–not just rest time, but a nap.
Rest time is 30 minutes typically.
You might remember that shortly before Brinley was born, we had McKenna and Kaitlyn share a room (see Room Sharing Log). It didn’t go to well–McKenna could not leave Kaitlyn alone. She was also at the time the type to need to sing at the top of her lungs to fall asleep.
Well, she was 3 then. She is 5 now. We decided to give it another try. McKenna still rememebred the last time we tried and what happened when she didn’t listen. She has been wanting Kaitlyn to share with her this whole time, so she was very willing to be good.
She has been great! She stays in her bed until it is time to get out, even if Kaitlyn leaves the room. She is quiet. She doesn’t try to steal Kaitlyn’s blankets. She is the model room sharer. It is SO NICE to have all of the girl toys in one room instead of spread between the two. Brayden is loving having his own room again (he was starting to feel modest). All around, it has been a great change.
To catch you up, she was a great swimmer (still is–her teacher says she is very much a natural). She decided she was terrified of having lessons. She isn’t terrified to swim, just to have a swimming lesson. Pure terror here. At this point, she is even tall enough to touch the ground and bob up easily for air. Even so, swimming lessons are terrifying for her.
Our plan was to do group lessons, but the lessons didn’t work with our schedule. So her teacher asked her if she would swim with her just for play. McKenna is all about play so she agreed. Her teacher gets her to do things just in a play way. It isn’t as beneficial as actual lessons, but it is a step in the right direction.
McKenna still has ear tubes and she says it hurts her ears for them to go under water. She will get her tubes out in late May, so I am interested to see if that changes her feelings toward lessons at all.
McKenna has gotten much, much better about how well she listens to me. She still has a tenancy to argue despite her never receiving any benefit from doing so. She is strong-willed and apparently likes to debate. This is definitely something I would like her to learn to control. I like her willingness to confront things when she feels the need, but she needs to be more respectful toward authority figures. She often now says to me, “Can I please tell you something?” when she has a debate in her. I like that much better than the flat out debater.
McKenna loves her siblings. She wants to be just like Kaitlyn. Her favorite color is whatever Kaitlyn’s favorite color is. She wants to eat whatever Kaitlyn is eating.
McKenna has a special love for Brinley and is still obsessed with her.
McKenna and Brayden have the least in common of all of my children. They get along fine, but McKenna prefers to do girly things and Brayden isn’t into that. When they play, they find something to do that has mutual interest, like Legos or a board game.
McKenna has always been very independent and still is. She has a lot of initiative in life and that spills over into her independence. Add in two older siblings she wants to emulate and it can create problems when she wants to be independent outside of her funnel.
McKenna is obsessed with playing board games. Every day after Brinley goes down for a nap, we sit and play a game together. It is fun to play with her and teach her strategy.
It is so interesting to see how your different children are. McKenna doesn’t sit still much, but she loves the ballet. Loves. Kaitlyn gets bored with no talking or singing, but McKenna loves it. She comments on how impressed she is with how well they do different things.
Here is our typical schedule:
7:00 AM Wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast. Daily chore.
9 AM Go to school.
12 Noon Get home and eat lunch. Free play with Brinley.
1 PM Game time with me.
2 PM Rest time.
2:30 PM Indpendent playtime
4 PM Play with Brayden and Kaitlyn
5-5:30 PM Dinner then time with family
7 PM Start getting ready for bed
8 PM in bed