who she is.

It seems like it’s been a while since I’ve refreshed my memory about my daughter. You know, the memory my 50+ year old self will have about these early days with our family. That is who I’m blogging for afterall. But you guys are a total bonus. =)

Sarah turns 5 in 13 days. She was due this Sunday, five years ago. (Yes, if you do that math it was a painful last 11 days. Thanks for asking.) In so many ways she’s not what I expected. She is so, so much more. And so, so much better.

At (almost) 5 she loves words. If she doesn’t know what a word means she will ask and chew on the answer for a good long while.

Yesterday morning she told me she couldn’t sleep the night before because she kept being wakened by “train whistles and nocturnal creatures.” I felt much the same way although she was the nocturnal creature keeping me awake.

She has to be the best (almost) 5 year old eater I know. Last night she cleaned her plate – Chicken Cordon Bleu, roasted green beans, Butternut Squash Gratin with Blue Cheese and Sage. She didn’t want to eat the onions in the squash recipe so she told me she just ate the small ones and pretended they were cheese.

She’s passionate about music and dancing. Kids music, showtunes, contemporary Christian, pop radio, our folky collection, it doesn’t matter. If it has a beat and she can understand the words, she’s a fan. Which occasionally presents a problem. How do you explain the Juno soundtrack to an (almost) 5 year old?

She has a heart of gold when it comes to her brother. She will spare nothing to make him happy. Not the last bite of her dessert, the toy she’s playing with, not even the gum she’s still chewing (ewwww). She will give him anything he wants. Period. It will surely be a problem for his future wife.

She has discovered boyfriends and is adamant she must have one. I recently told her that four year olds didn’t have to have boyfriends and she replied with: “Then how will I know who I’m going to marry when I grow up?!”

I’m thinking I’ll let my blog take care of that. Surely somewhere out there a mama of a  generous, (almost) five-year old, showtune-loving foodie is reading. Right?

Right?

LauraCOctober 15, 2010 - 1:36 pm

Totally new commenter here, but I have been lurking for a couple of months.

You described one of my twin boys to a T! Eats anything, loves, music, if he hears a song a couple of times he remembers it forever, and super chatty.

Also a blond cutie.
But he really hates having his photo taken 🙁

lanOctober 15, 2010 - 2:29 pm

She is the cutest doll ever! The nocturnal creature and boyfriend comment is tooo funny. I’m glad my 5yr old hasn’t asked me that question yet.

EBPitcherOctober 15, 2010 - 2:36 pm

Would she take a younger man? All I’ve got is a 2.5 yo, but he’s doll! She might even be a good influence on him!

tara pollard pakostaOctober 15, 2010 - 2:55 pm

5 already? wow! amazing how fast time goes!!
she sure is a CUTIE!!!!! and it’s amazing
how being a mom is so much MORE than you could ever imagine!
she’s amazing!

tara

tara pollard pakostaOctober 15, 2010 - 2:57 pm

oh and I had to tell my daughters from age: 4 they could NOT have a boyfriend until they are 16. they tell their friends that who have boyfriends all the time. I actually think it took the pressure off of having to say, “i have a boyfriend”etc….
they have had boys ask them to “go out” since preschooL!!!!!!! SICKENING!!! glad I established the 16 years rule right away!!!
tara

SamanthaOctober 15, 2010 - 3:15 pm

Love, love, love that crazy girl. Even though she’s totally ridiculous.

YOU ARE WELCOME for that awesome recipe.

What’s with the necklace? Who gave it to her?

Erin HOctober 15, 2010 - 4:05 pm

it’s so great that you are recording all these details about her! it will be so fun to read later in life…

DonnaOctober 15, 2010 - 4:11 pm

Yes, very cute necklace AND very cute little one! She reminds me of my 3 year old granddaughter. We try to have a “word-of-the-day” (or at least a couple times a week) for her. She, too, loves new words and wants to know what they mean. Then she will use them correctly in a sentence when you least expect it. My favorites so far have been metamorphosis and abolishionist (that word has a long story to go with it, but I will spare you). Anyway, lovely, lovely pictures. She is a cutie-pie!

Katie FultonOctober 15, 2010 - 7:50 pm

I met 5 year old triplets the other day. The little boy told me he had a girlfriend, his sister said she has 2 boyfriends, and the other sister said she has a hundred million boyfriends. Just be glad she only wants one boyfriend! I told mom she might need to watch out for her adorable and already boy crazy little girls!

StephanieOctober 16, 2010 - 5:17 am

“Who she is” is adorable! What a cutie! She is sweet smart and sassy – love that in a girl!

Melissa MOctober 16, 2010 - 6:50 am

LOVE this post! And the pictures are just perfect 🙂

Danielle Z.October 16, 2010 - 8:57 am

What a beautiful little girl!! I have a 5, almost 6 year old little boy that is JUST like that with words. We have been reading through The Children’s Book of Virtues together for his reading time and I have heard him countless times using words like perseverance and bravery in his conversations! Always makes me smile. 🙂

Also, my oldest has a couple of friends that are girls his age (7 & 8ish) and I’ve already heard a lot of this “boyfriend/girlfriend” talk. My boys aren’t interested in it but I remember being interested in boys at that age as terrifying as that sounds!

JannaOctober 16, 2010 - 9:08 am

Love this post. It reminded me of when my now 2nd grade son was in 1st grade and told me of 2 girls in his class who were both his “girlfriend”. Then he said, “But Mama, I have a problem. How am I going to know which one to marry someday?” It was so funny.

I was also reminded of the time I was telling him about my own childhood and how my dad had to work nights and would sleep during the day and my brother and I had to be very quiet. He asked me, “Was Papa nocturnal?”

I love reading your blog. It reminds me to document similar things about my kids for my future forgetful self. Thanks for sharing.

Aunt LuOctober 16, 2010 - 9:39 am

That little almost five year old sure does remind me of a little almost five year old I use to know!

Kathryn ReynoldsOctober 16, 2010 - 10:02 am

I have a music loving 5 year old foodie son! He & Sarah need to meet!

JenOctober 17, 2010 - 3:58 pm

My 5-year-old is also very into who she will marry. She whispers it to me in front of him and then looks at me for my approval. Of course I nod my head yes and she skips off!

JenniferOctober 17, 2010 - 6:30 pm

Love this post! And love that she loves her brother so, so very much. But I can’t say that I blame her because he’s pretty irresistable. 😉

Jen SpainOctober 18, 2010 - 4:54 pm

I’m the mama of an almost 6 year old (yes, an older man) boy who loves showtunes, and wanders around the house singing songs from the Sound of Music. He’s playing the part of Thomas O’Malley in Aristocats this December, and has a solo. He eats anything I feed him, loves spicy food, and likes to help me bake. Does the fact that we live in Canada present a problem?

KelseaOctober 18, 2010 - 11:05 pm

I love this age — it just radiates cuteness. As it just so happens, I do have an (almost) five year old boy …. he’s much too busy playing superheros with his younger brother right now to think about girls…but maybe after he wins the Gap Casting Call Contest this year (wink wink 🙂 they’ll have something to talk about over coffee when they’re old enough to date. You know, at age thirty-two ;o)

Janelle AndersonOctober 19, 2010 - 6:28 am

Ummmmm, sorry to your other readers but I think we’ve already determined who she will be dating when she’s older! Mr. Danger Man has had his sights on Miss Cobb since day one. 🙂

I think I know where that necklace came from??? 🙂

KelseaOctober 19, 2010 - 11:26 am

I can’t help but giggle at this. If only our sons knew what we were doing ;o)

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