Does this give you a feel for what she’ll look like in 10 years or so?
What a kid. Annabelle has matured so much recently that it’s actually kind of heartbreaking as a parent. She didn’t even want to wear a costume for Halloween! This, the girl who used to wear 17 costumes on a Tuesday! She desperately wants her ears pierced (I saw a private note she wrote Santa on the subject), and most of the time would rather read a book (or two) than be silly. Yes, that’s right – when I caught her below, she wasn’t trying to be silly, she was comparing stories.
The silly has been replaced by studious, and Annabelle is doing great academically. Her teachers love her and say she rocks science and math especially. She’s doing some pretty complex 3rd and 4th grade math on Dreambox, and over breakfast, enjoys reading an old, outdated science textbook the school was giving away for free. This weekend she even used it to make electricity (with Marc’s help)!
The craziest part about all that is that she’s actually also REALLY popular. Like probably one of the most (if not the most) popular kids in her class. She is more of a leader than I would’ve expected in early years (I think her creativity intrigues her friends and they want to come along for the ride). I absolutely love that about first grade and am crossing my fingers that it’ll last for a few more years.
Annabelle’s friends are VERY important to her, and she’ll do just about anything to hang out with them. Luckily this fall that meant joining the soccer team, where she seemed to have a pretty good time and wasn’t half bad!
Now that Annabelle is such a popular leader, she is no longer the best behaved kid in her class – mainly because she always seems to be “up to something.” When her best friends get in trouble, though, she is never in trouble with them and when I ask about that, I’m usually told by an authority that she was very “smart about what happened” or something like that. Not exactly sure how to take that. But she still gets green smiley faces (highest behavior honor) every day, and is generally being sweet to everyone.
The empathy still hasn’t kicked in as much as we’d like and we continue to work hard on it, but it’s occasionally starting to show in funny ways. For example, when Clementine got a bad stomach ache tonight, Annabelle seemed very removed from her pain… and then I noticed she was researching “how to cure a kid’s bad stomach ache” on the computer. Baby steps! But with so much else that makes this kid incredible, we know that we are lucky, lucky parents.