It's Saturday morning so I really wanted to take a nice long shower...I made sure Lily was okay to go with something to watch so I had at least five minutes to myself. I get in the shower- leaving the door open to hear any kind of loud noise that might mean "Emergency!" About a minute later I hear the pitter patter of little feet coming my way. Lily grabs the end of the shower curtain pulls it open about half way and asks (very seriously) "Are you doin' okay in there mom?" "Yes Lily I'm fine. Thanks for asking." And off she scampers onto the next thing.
I've noticed lately that Lily is beginning to be much more aware of people's emotional state. She seems very in tune with how others are feeling and can be affected by their state of mind. She is concerned when someone in her class is upset and just generally notices when people aren't happy. Of course my moods she picks up on especially. Yesterday she dropped her toothbrush with toothpaste on my clean work shirt and I was a wee bit irritated. She immediately said- "Oh I'm so sorry Mommy!" and tried to help me wipe it up. This morning I was getting seriously annoyed when she kept putting a toy in my face. I told her to stop several times- by the third time I was using my "mean" voice. She said "Mommy, don't be mad at me! Don't use your mean voice!" I told her she needed to use her listening ears if she wanted me to stop using my mean voice. She seriously considered this concept and stopped doing what she was doing.
I could see the little wheels turning- cause and effect, action and consequence, she knew what result she wanted and was able to make a good choice. I think my expectations are high for her- maybe too high sometimes. I expect her to make logical, rational decisions- which I know she is not always capable of but I can see that she is a seriously smart kid. Her vocabulary and language skills are amazing. She has some seriously interesting trains of thought. I try not to compare too much to other kids but in this aspect I think she is ahead of the group. Emotional skills- social skills??? Not so much, but my expectations aren't quite as high in this area I think because I understand her limits and don't want to push her too hard.
Now I just need to get her to put some clothes on so we can go to the grocery store...that could prove the most challenging of all. : )
On this day in history:
June 20th, 2006 Lily's first taste of scrambled eggs
June 20th, 2007 Lily's first trip to Greenlake Park
June 20th, 2008 Lily cleans the toilet (remember this one?)
June 20th, 2009 Lily refuses to smile for me, also eating a bowl of Cheerios