My sweet Wendy Mae is 6! Wendy is my love bug. She loves to love and be loved. Since she was tiny she's thought of everyone as her mommy. She loves to snuggle and almost always a snuggle fixes everything that's wrong. She's full of big hugs, hard high-fives, and doesn't know her own strength so sometimes her love turns into owies for the love receiver. She's the biggest of most of her friends and can lift all of them. I know that because when she sees a friend she gets so excited that she runs straight at them (even though they know what's about to happen and they yell, "No Wendy! No Wendy! No Wendy!") and wraps her arms around them, lifting them off the ground and hugging as hard as she can. This one has lots of love to give.
Behind that strong exterior is a super soft soul. She's always been sensitive. Harsh words hurt her more than most and she internalizes everything said and not said. I think that's why I always call her "Sweet Wendy" because she has such a sweet, soft little heart. She's the first to give what she has to make someone happy. Some people, cough Jane, use that to their advantage and I try to protect her from it but then she usually gets mad at me because she truly wants to make them happy and doesn't care that she won't have whatever she had anymore. Making people happy means a lot to her.
She's my best helper. I could give her twice as many chores as Jane and she won't complain a bit. I think she finds pride in being able to accomplish the things I ask her to. Also, I think she likes to mentally see that she's better than Jane by doing things and not complaining. Like, when I brush her hair. I can tell sometimes that it's uncomfortable but she's only complained twice (unlike Jane who throws a tantrum EVERY TIME). The look on her face and breathing is like she's saying in her mind, "You're better than Jane, don't cry like she does." I don't know if this is a good thing but she sure can own whatever she's doing. She's a genius at making beds and feels a sense of pride when she does it. I always tell her, "You made this bed!? No way! It looks like I made it!", and I'm totally not exaggerating. She's also a really great helper with Logan. She won't wipe his nose but she does everything else. When I mowed the lawn this summer she would put him in the stroller and walk him around and play with him without me even asking so I could get my job done. I love being able to depend on her and she's only SIX!
Honestly I feel like she's been 14 for the last 3 years. That's probably why I mistakingly treat her like she's older than she is most of the time which isn't fair to her but she has an old soul. She's rarely immature. If this is what child Wendy is like, I'm scared to see what she'll be like as a real teenager. She has always cared about how she looks, what others think and wants to do big kid things. However, she loves baby dolls so maybe there's a child in her somewhere.
Ever since she was in a wedding back in April, she has come leaps and bounds braveness-wise. She'll talk to people and answer their questions, pay for things with her own money (instead of me doing it for her), go up on stage for primary stuff, say prayers in front of strangers, basically everything now! I'm beyond proud of her. Today she even went up in front of her class at school and said the pledge of allegiance all on her own. I can't even believe this is the same girl from a year ago who I almost started anxiety therapy for.
For a long time she wanted to be a ballerina teacher when she grows up but lately she's been saying she wants to be a rockstar. Talk about change in braveness! She LOVES to dance and sing and has got the attitude to be a rockstar 100%. Scary but I can totally see that in her future.
Her favorite foods: She only eats carrots with hummus, loves salad, Kind bars, apples (should have put that first), cooked broccoli and jam sandwiches. She likes the idea of kids meals but only gets chicken nuggets and then throws a fit about eating them because she doesn't like them. She also always asks for noodles (with just parmesan cheese) but doesn't really love it. Some food she really doesn't like: Most pastries or baked breakfast things, chicken pot pie, lasagna, pizza, macaroni and cheese and grilled cheese. She's a hard one to please but at least she likes her veggies.
Lately she is obsessed with drawing and writing letters. With drawing she usually draws them for me and writes "Wendy Mom" with a heart on them. She loves to draw her with me or just me and give them to me. She's such a sweetheart. Today she came into my room with a notebook and pen, waiter style, and said, "Excuse me, do you have any words in here for me to write?" I couldn't believe it! I pointed her to the bookshelf and she copied some of the words off the books for a while. She has had the hardest time learning her letters and sounds but she's almost got all her letters figured out (sounds are another issue) and is now obsessed with writing. I LOVE it! She has the neatest handwriting for a six year old too. Like I said above, she likes to be perfect in everything she does so she puts forth real effort.
Her and Boston share a room and they do such a good job together. Wendy falls asleep in about 2 minutes after we leave the room. Boston is a different story but I'm proud of him for letting her sleep and not pestering her or keeping her awake. She usually wakes up at about 10 or 11pm to use the bathroom. One night she scared the life out of me. I was walking through the dark house after just turning off a light and I was trying to turn on the flashlight on my phone but kept hitting the wrong button when all of a sudden something stomach hight had wrapped arms around me. I seriously almost screamed! I realized it was Wendy and asked her if she needed to go to the bathroom. I took her and then brought her back to bed. It took me a good 10 minutes to calm my heart down. Gah!
Wendy Bendy, you are awesome. You are so different than any of your siblings and I love YOU. You're starting to love your own things and become who you are. I hope I can be a better mom to you with each day that passes before it's too late. You deserve the best and I try again every day to be who you need. I love your snuggles and when you act crazy. I love that you always want me to do your hair and paint your nails. Also, you have such a beautiful smile.
Your daddy loves you and gushes over you any time I bring up your name. When I see you and Jane play together my heart gets so happy. You guys fight a lot (usually not your fault) so when you play pretend with each other for more than 10 minutes, it's a big deal to me. I always tell you two that you are the only sisters you'll ever have so I hope you become best friends one day. Boston cries and misses you SO much when you go to school. "Nooooo! I gonna miss Wendy!" Though you two basically pretend each other don't exist, he notices when you're gone. You've been more hands off Logan the last few months, which we are grateful about, but I love the little mom you are to him. We are so proud of you and all you're learning and what you are becoming. Love you Wenders! Happy birthday munchkin!