Today is my Ellie’s fifth birthday!
She’s named after my grandma
When I was first pregnant with Ella, my grandmother was 102 years old, but she was slowly slipping away.
So when I was early in my pregnancy, Gramma Ella, or “Great” as Annie called her, got sick and started going downhill.
The last time I saw her alive, she touched my belly and said: “I think it’s a girl”.
She also knew that if it were a girl, she was to be named after her.
She passed away two months before I found out that she was indeed a girl.
She has the best sense of humor
At age 5.
She is a comedian and has been since she was a toddler.
She loves to make everyone laugh in our house.
I do not know where she got that from. 🙂
She wants a pet in the worst way and loves animals of all kinds
She has a pretend dog and cat and even gives them water and food.
I will come into the kitchen, and there will be two bowls on the floor.
One with water and one with cheese nips because cheese nips are “what doggies like best”.
Lord help the pet we someday get. 🙂
She is a hit at school
The teachers love her and she cracks jokes to them all the time.
She should hit the Vegas circuit any day now.
She is one tough cookie
Yet, very sensitive if that makes any sense?
She fell hard off of her bike this summer and didn’t even shed a tiny tear.
But if you don’t include her?
She will walk away and cry alone.
She is my little homebody
Ella would literally stay in the house forever if she had her way.
I have to bribe her, BRIBE HER, to go to the store or the mall.
She is one Hoarders episode away from worrying me.
But she loves to snuggle on the couch, play intently with her toys, and color, and read.
And she isn’t just like this in the cold months.
Pool, park, home.
Those are the only places she would love to be.
So I guess the positive spin is that I am making it a place she loves to be.
Family is so important to her
She loves her grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncle so much and talks about them non-stop.
When am I gonna see Mamie and Papa? When do we go to visit them? Can I talk to Mamie on the phone?
This makes me so happy because our blood family lives so far away.
Yet she has this powerful connection with all of them and our Illinois/extended family.
Her sister is her world
They fight, they hit each other, they yell at each other, but the first thing Ellie says when I pick her up at school is always, “Is Annie at home/in the car?”
And the first thing Annie says when she gets in the door after school is, “where is Ellie?”
They might be 7.5 years apart, but they are tight.
They even call each other Ramona and Beezus at home when no one is listening.
And that makes my heart sing.
Happy Birthday, sweet Ella Grace.
We love you so very much.