As much as I tried to prevent it, Ciara actually turned 11.
I have been surprised at how much she has aged just in the last few months.
She has stopped playing with her dolls as much, never carries them around anymore.
She also packed away some clothes from Gymboree that will still fit, but she said she won’t wear them anymore because they are for “little kids.”
And then she has started with the online stuff….
She received her iPod touch, and was thrilled. And then disappeared for the rest of the day.
I could hear her clicking away on the keys, texting and taking pictures.
She posted about 10 pictures to instagram, in which she has mastered the art of the “selfie face.”
(You know, lips puckered out. . . .no smiling allowed)
She even used her first hashtag.
I feel like I need a baby book to record all these firsts. But we could call it a tween book.
So, as I did with Caden, here are some things about Ciara I would like to share:
1. She was also a large baby, weighing in at 9lbs. She also had long feet, limbs and fingers. Unlike her brother, she did not grow fast, and didn’t weigh 19 lbs until she was a year old. We keep hoping she will grow, but prefers to stay on the small end of the spectrum.
2. She cried all day long for the first 4 months of her life. They were definitely the hardest months of MY life. But after 4 months, she stopped and became quite a pleasant baby.
3. She was a neurotic toddler. She would organize her tea set by color, and would lose her mind if anyone messed it up (so of course Rocky would constantly mess it up). She also freaked out one night when my mom was babysitting because my mom didn’t put Ciara’s shoes in the exact right spot before she went to bed. And Ciara was only 18 months old when she did all this.
4. She has always loved baby dolls. Always, which is why it was such a sad day when she finally stopped playing with them. Her first baby doll was Rachel, and she would constantly tell me that she had a baby in her belly. After I had Caden, she would feed her baby when I fed Caden, change her baby when I changed Caden. She was pretty sure her baby was just as real as my baby.
5. During her last year of preschool, her teacher sought me out to talk to me. Apparently, all the boys in the class were in love with my daughter, and it was becoming a problem. Luckily, Ciara wasn’t doing anything to encourage them, and she seemed quite oblivious to what was going on. But her teacher explained that many fights would break out on a daily basis because they all wanted to sit next to her, or marry her, or whatever. I remember the mom of one of the little boys told me how her son was saving up his money to buy presents for the babies that he and Ciara would be having one day. We don’t seem to have this problem now, for which I am VERY grateful.
6. Ciara looks and acts just like her father. It is scary how much their personalities are the same.
7. A few years ago, Ciara decided that she was a “sporty girl.” The only sport she has played is soccer. She is not the most coordinated kid. And she doesn’t want to try any other sports (except ice hockey). So I am not sure how she decided that she was sporty. But we go with it.
8. Her career ambitions have changed over the years. Originally, she wanted to be an actress, but when she realized she would have to get up in front of people and act, she decided against it. Then, for a few years, she wanted to be a marine biologist. She still has a thing for dolphins. Currently, she has decided to be a teacher. We will see how long this career lasts. But I love that she has such diverse interests.
9. She is the most stubborn person I have ever met. She chose to sit and watch all of us eat ice cream at the Penn State Berkey Creamery instead of admit to something she did. We all had our own bowl, and she sat there with nothing in front of her. And watched us eat our ice cream. And still didn’t break. (She did finally admit to her wrong-doing at around 8:30pm that evening, after a 12 hour stand-off.)
10. Her love of dolls has transferred over to babies and toddlers. If any of her friends have younger siblings, especially of the toddler variety, she loves to play with the siblings almost as much as her friends. And the toddlers love her too.
So happy birthday to the girl who made me a mother!