Has anyone else noticed that world has been a little more magical in these past 4 years? Seen more rainbows? Found more ladybugs? Noticed more clouds that look like elephants? Well, I have. And I think I know exactly why. It’s because that’s how long my Sadie has been in this world. Sadie has been some sort of whimsical fairy since she was old enough to have a personality. And now at four years her magical-ness is stronger than ever. On a daily basis she reminds me to stop and smell the flowers. Literally, every day. Like several times a day. Even on those days that I’m running late and still have to stop by the market because we’re out of milk and I’m rushing out in pajamas and only got three hours of sleep, and there she is, sitting on the sidewalk behind me with a ray of light beaming off her blonde head, studying a family of roly poly she found deep in the grass. Moments like this I want to scream Ahhhh!!! Come on!!! But then I remember that she is just Sadie and it would be much more pleasant to adjust my current state of mind to hers, rather than adjust hers to mine. And that’s how we flow. And that’s how she makes my life so magic.
Sadie is a budding artist and at four years old I feel confident stating that this girl has got skills. She dresses herself at all times and really puts together some fantastical outfit selections. She has offered to dress me, I’m sad to say but I’m not brave enough to pull off the amazingness that she puts together. Sadie is simultaneously an outdoors creature and a couch potato. She flourishes outside, but some days just wants to stay on the couch and read and paint all day. She is sensitive, very sensitive, but I can see her thickening her skin as she gets older – and I am proud of her for that.
Sadie is the queen of the selfie. My phone is filled with about 60% Sadie self portraits. That and she loves to text. Many of you reading this have probably had some emoji conversations with her. She is the master of grabbing my phone and opening messages and starting up a conversation. Mostly emoji based convos, but she has learned how to use the “voice to text dictate” button on the iPhone, so she can also communicate by the written word. It is hysterical to see how Siri interprets what Sadie is saying.
She loves her brother and has proven to have some very natural maternal instincts. She’s now old enough to get herself in and out of her car seat by herself. She can open and unlock doors (which has proven to be quite scary – that’s a whole other story). She mostly sleeps through the night. She is most definitely more advanced artistically and verbally than she is physically. She is still super cautious and does not know how to pedal a bike or a scooter. She won’t jump off of anything, it’s always one foot at a time for her. She doesn’t know how to pump her feet on the swings and seems to have zero desire on learning. Swim lessons this past summer were a disaster of epic proportion. And sports in general are not really interesting to her in the slightest.
At this point in her life she is sure that when she grows up she wants to be a mama just like me, and also a blue unicorn. Drawing and decorating the house for Halloween make her feel proud. Carrots, apples, tofu and cubes of cheese are her favorite food. Pink and purple are still the reigning color of choice. She loves vacations and when Daddy throws her in the big bed.
I’m so happy to have spent every one of my days for the past four years with this child. I look forward to many more magical years ahead of us.