Oct 16, 2017

Addison Sophia: 5 Years



Dear Addison::

You are five years old today! I can't believe it! How did you get so big? I swear you are still my tiny little girl who wouldn't sleep unless you were held. But you are actually my beautiful five year old!

You have had such a big year. Not every moment was a high moment but most of them was amazing. You had an awesome first year of preschool. In fact that is definitely the biggest thing in this last year of your life. You have had a handful of delays since you were about 18 months or so, but this year after your own awesomeness and all the help you were given you were re-evaluated and they decided you were caught up. You were even ahead in some areas, and that meant you were discharged from your IEP. That was the most amazing thing that happened in this last year. We knew it was just a matter of time before you caught up and it happened so much faster than even we thought.

That discharge from the IEP meant that you didn't qualify for the preschool program anymore, but you could become a peer kid. And that's exactly what happened. You were given special permission to finish out the year in your classroom and by the end of the year I found you were going to return to your same classroom for your last year of preschool. You have done amazing in school and love it. You were like a peer kid long before you were actually a peer kid. We always knew it was going to happen and you just needed time, but we were so proud of you and all you did during the year.

The less awesome moment of this last year was the couple nights you stayed in the hospital last fall. Right after your birthday last year you got sick and it seemed that you just couldn't get past it. Then after Thanksgiving you were having a hard time breathing and we ended up taking you to urgent care. You ended up spending two nights in the hospital and having to do breathing treatments to get back to normal. But it took months for your cough to really go away and for us to not have to do any breathing treatments again. It turned out you were having a reaction the Febreeze in the laundry soap I had recently switched to. When went back to our regular laundry soap and things got back to normal again. You have a hard time with scents and we have to be careful to keep things unscented now.

It was definitely a relief that you were okay and the added bonus was our stay in the hospital seemed to have potty trained you at night. It just kind of happened very quickly and very naturally. I had expected that to be a lot worst than it was but it just happened and that was it.

You have had a awesome year. So much of our focus it seemed was getting you back on track but now you have done that so now it's just helping you grow and learn new things. You are all about reading lately. You are picking up on words and reading so quickly. We have been working hard on sounding out words and your sight words and you have done an amazing job. You have been reading to your dad at bedtime and you have been doing an awesome job. You will definitely be ahead of the game when you start kindergarten next year.

You still love Shopkins but you are also doing a lot more playing with Barbies. All you asked for for your birthday was baby dolls, Shopkins and Barbies. You are also doing a lot of coloring and writing as well. You still love Mickey - but who doesn't?! Your interest in movies vary a lot from Stars Wars to Moana. You love wrestling with your dad, running around outside, and playing with your brother. You are such a great big sister even if you guys spend a lot of time lately fighting.

You are such an amazing girl. You are beautiful and unique. Your personality is strong and wonderful. You have so much life in you and we can't get enough of you. You are just so amazing and beautiful. You continue to be this amazing and you will do awesome things in life. I am so proud of you and lucky to be your mom. I love so you so much, sweet potato.

Love, Mama

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