My ladybug girl turns 4 today. I am so proud of how far she has come since we brought her home from the hospital. She rides the bus like a big girl, 5 days a week ("I ride bus!" "Bus driver, take me home!") to and from preschool. She loves her teacher, Ms. Julie, and all 3 of her therapists: Ms. Ryane, Ms. Jackie, & Ms. Karen. She loves her classmates, especially her little friend, Nina, who is her school version of her cousin "Bubba"- they get into mischief together (Ms. Julie, you are a saint!).
She sings songs. Some of her favorites being: "If Your Happy & You Know It," any song from the show Doc McStuffins, and just like her brother, Noah, she is a TobyMac fan. I didn't realize that Juli was as into TobyMac as Noah was, until we were driving home from some place and the music started up for one of his songs, and Juli just started singing along with him.
She loves animals. She has recently made the realization that we have "one gog-(dog), Buster". Before that, she would ask when Finchy was coming home from the vet ("Finchy bery sick"). When we walk to and from Noah's school, if anyone is out walking a dog, Juli insists we stop and ask if we can pet him/her. She loves to get out Noah's doctor kit and "take care" of Buster (he is so good with her) or anyone else. She loves to take care of her baby dolls, too.
She loves to look at books. Especially the ones that have flaps to lift. She also has started to sit and listen to the Ladybug Girl stories and brings those out at bedtime as well. Her favorite movies include: The Lorax, Horton Hears a Who, and Cinderella (grandpa bought her all of them for Christmas).
While Juli is still on the small side, she makes up for her size with her voice, her spirit, and her determination. As Shakespeare said, "Though she be but little, she is fierce". I have no doubt that whatever this little one decides to do, she will get it done.
Happy Birthday, my ladybug girl!