Sunday, May 7, 2017

Dear Evelyn, Today you are four!

Dear Evelyn,

Today you are four. FOUR!!! How did this happen? Some days feel like forever and then suddenly you are four. You have grown so much this past year and you continue to amaze me. You are my little friend and you want to help me with EVERYTHING, which is wonderful, some of the time (you will understand that better once you have children). You enjoy cooking, reading books, doing puzzles, playing with your friends, talking with your grandparents, playing with your grandparents, going to dance class, playing with Matilda, and you even enjoy unloading the dishwasher and doing laundry with me. It is so much fun to see all of the things your are learning and enjoying doing. You are always happy to go and play with your friends and always sad when it is time to go back home. You do not like saying goodbye, actually....you refuse to tell people bye most of the time.

Every morning you enjoy coming out of your room and telling me and Isä that you are awake and that you slept good. You tell each of us individually because you tell me in english and Isä in finish. The next words out of your mouth is that you are hungry. Your language has improved and increased tremendously this year. You still have speech therapy each week and you look forward to your time with Riikka. Your Isä reads to you in the morning while you eat breakfast and he has worked hard to only speak finish to you. You enjoy your story time together and some days you explain to me what the book is about that he read to you. You are always kind to explain to me what you are doing or talking about in finish. When you play, you talk to yourself in both english and finish, which is adorable and a little confusing for your friends when they play with you.

You are strong minded and obedient. These are two qualities that I hope will bless you in your life. You will also make a great leader one day. While it seems that you enjoy "bossing" people around, most of the time you are informing them of the rules or repeating to them what I told you to do. Everyone should obey their mommies and you will gladly help to make sure that happens. Sometimes this can be frustrating but I know that you will be someone that others can depend on to get a job done and to do it the correct way.

While you have been mostly healthy this year, you did end up in the hospital twice. One time was because you broke your arm. That was a sad and somewhat horrible day, but granny came to visit and help us feel better. You also got a flu bug after breaking your arm which was not fun but we survived, because you are a survivor. You did not let the cast on your arm slow you down. You actually were trying to color and write with that hand. Nothing is going to stop you when you set your mind to something. The second time you were in the hospital was after Matilda was born and everyone got a horrible stomach bug. It took you seven days before you started to eat and you had to spend two nights in the hospital so that you could get hydrated. Even though you were so sick you did not cry or complain much. We were lucky and granny was already visiting so that way mommy and Isä could help you feel better.

This year you learned how to pray and for awhile you wanted to say every single prayer. It was such a joy to see you growing up in this way. Now your willingness to pray is based on how you are feeling at the moment. Just last week, while we were on our evening walk, you decided that you wanted to say a prayer by yourself and then you said three prayers. It was the first time you had ever prayed by yourself. It was adorable and I am so thankful for your sweet spirit. You started primary in January and you love going to primary. Isä went with you for the first few weeks and now you go all by yourself.

Becoming a big sister was a huge highlight for you this year. You love Matilda and you love being a sister. I think I could count on one hand the amount of times you have told me do something for you instead of Matilda. You are understanding of Matilda's needs and that sometimes you must wait your turn.

I love you Evelyn and I hope you will always know that. So much has changed this year for both you and me. I think I struggled more with all the time I needed to spend with Matilda instead of it being me and you. You are the oldest, so you have a unique position of having 3.5 years of just you and me. We did everything together. We still do everything together and we are now lucky to have Matilda joining us for the fun times.

Thank you for joining our family four years ago. Thank you for making me a mom. Thank you for showing me the strengthen I did not know I possessed. Thank you for your kind and loving heart. Thank you for loving me, even when I hurt your feelings and thank you for being so forgiving.

As usual, your life is busy. You celebrated your 3rd birthday in Germany. Last August, your Aunt Sarah got married so we were in Florida and we came home long enough to do laundry and pack before heading to Italy. Other than short trips to Helsinki we have stayed home because mommy was very pregnant and then Matilda arrived. No worries though...we are headed to Germany in 2.5 weeks.

And now for all the pictures.... it is always so hard to choose which pictures to add.






























2 comments:

  1. Hey,

    lovely post and nice to hear your family after a long time. I found your blog very long time ago when you wrote on Katriina's blog. Since then I've sometimes come to check if you've posted something. The topics of your blog are interesting and touching. I think that I might have infertility treatments ahead when it comes to time start a family, so it has been very interesting to read your post.

    Congratulations for having a sister for Evelyn! I wish all the best for you and your family :)

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  2. Nice to hear from you! Congratulations on your new baby! Blessings to your family!

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