You were 62 months old yesterday.
Today, for example, you woke up at 0 dark thirty and, as usual, Daddy said you could play quietly in the playroom with strict orders NOT TO OPEN THE DOOR WHERE KATE WAS STILL SLEEPING. Before Daddy's head hit the pillow, we both heard your bedroom door open and, click!, on when the light. By the time Daddy got down the hall he found you sitting on Kate's bed, lights blazing, talking to her to get her up. Seriously?? WTF? (And yes I know I just used that acronym in a 5 year old's love letter but this situation calls for serious words).
I've lost count of how many times you've done this in various scenarios and when I ask you why, this is the exchange that unfolds:
Mommy or Daddy: Lucy, what did I ask you to do?
Lucy: Not to do it.
M or D: "Not to do" what?
Lucy: whines and sometimes yells something unintelligible
M or D: Not. To. Do. What?
Lucy: Not to do what you say!
M or D: Lucy, I asked you not to "insert various things 5 year olds should not do like hit her sister, throw toys, touch the open flame on the stove". Why did you do it again after I JUST asked you not to?
Lucy: Because I wanted to.
M or D: Head explodes.
The same scenario repeated itself at school this month. Apparently you decided that pulling all of the tissues out of the tissue box and making your friends laugh was a better decision than stopping when Yu lao shi asked you to. Fortunately, we put your new writing skills to work penning an apology note.
So let's end this on a high note shall we? Guess what you came home with? A first reader book! And you were so excited about it that we sat right down after we got home so you could read it to me. I can tell that letters and numbers are finally starting to find their niche in your brain. I can tell because your eyes light up and you actually ask me to help you with reading or writing. You even brought home your school workbook one night to show me how much you were learning and during Parent Night you proudly showed me your math work.
I am so very proud of you. You have learned so much in your few short years as our daughter and it is amazing to watch you figure out how the world works.