I know. I cannot stop the time. The kids are growing up regardless. And I would eventually get over this (just don't know when) and move on to enjoy the next phase of the parenthood challenge.
She has matured a whole lot more, which I was hoping for, and which is something I do NOT wish for. True, the almost non-existence crying/whining is a good thing for me, for everyone. But the fact that she is now so mature, so independent, it sometimes hurts me when I think of how I had pushed her to grow up way faster than she should, just because she is a second child. Of course, there is no complain for her or anybody-lah. It's me, the mummy, who would feel it most! I have to learn to understand her, to know her better and more, the matured 5 years old.
1 year old - Xi Yu is officially 1 year old
2 years old - Happy birthday to our little princess!
3 years old - Happy 3rd birthday, dear Princess Tiger!
4 years old - Happy 4th Birthday, our little girl!
A lot of the things I had written in the past 4 years still remain the same. Many traits of her are still valid. Like she is still a big bookworm. Though she doesn't like to be called bookworm but The King of Book, LOL! We hope she would continue to be a book lover till she is a teenager, a mum, a grandmum :-)
Her eating habit has further improved. And improves a lot! She is now a vegetable lover. Can you believe it? She has changed from someone who barely ate any green leafy to someone who keeps asking for more! We are so grateful for this change. Eating more vegetables can only mean healthier!
Our Princess Tiger - couldn't stop smiling looking at her photo! Such a sweet girl!
The one person that she couldn't live without is her big brother, not us parents. The big brother is going to be there for her to depend on, the play with, to talk to, to grow up with :-)
I don't know what else I want to note down. I don't want to go down all the details of her daily routine and subtle changes.
Oh, for me, as her mum. I have changed a lot too! I so genuinely love her. I love love love her so much. So is a very sweet girl in her own way. Though I have to admit, I still don't treat the two of them the same, but I am a lot more unbiased nowadays than I used to be, say, a year ago. Yes, she still gets scolding and shouting from me, but hardly a serious one, usually it's just raise voice to get her attention (though hub said I am still too harsh to her). And Hao Re gets equal amount, or more, of scolding/shouting too. Though he is also sweet in his own way, which is totally different from Xi Yu. I can only say I am trying and I will try even harder.
Her Baba and big brother? They never changed and they don't have to change. Because the boys have always loved her since Day 1. They love her unconditionally. And they pamper her to the max. Am sure they continue to be so, and is always the best Baba or Big Brother. Such a lucky girl!
So, with this, I am ending this post.
Happy birthday, my dear dearest darling, love you as always! You are you, and so please be you! Enjoy your F.I.V.E.!