Turned 3 and Disneyland

It’s been a while since we’ve updated on Miss Lily’s life. Life with a now-3-year-old is always busy busy busy, and on the go. She is a wonderful adventure in our lives. Everyday we love her more and more. And we are so lucky, so fortunate, to have such a beautiful soul for a daughter. She has grown from being a happy baby to a happy toddler to now a beautiful and kind, though spunky, happy little kid. On July 12 this year, Miss Lily turned 3 years old. She understood the concept completely, and got right into the mode. When she woke up that morning, she ran into our room and said, “AM I THREE TODAY?!” She could hardly sleep the night before because she kept exclaiming to us, “When I wake up tomorrow, I’m going to be THREE years old!”

Miss Lily got a lot of presents for her birthday. She is a fortunate little girl to have so many wonderful and loving people around her, from her extended family to her kid friends and all. One of the more important and meaningful gifts was a silver bracelet we got for her. In my culture, babies and little kids almost always wear some sort of jewelry their mothers gave them. Lily hasn’t had any jewelry since she was born because we didn’t want to force it on her, and because we were always paranoid about choking hazards, having jewelry caught on things, etc. Now that she is 3 and is so much more aware of herself and her surroundings, not to mention her needs and wants (sometimes she gets the two confused of course), we decided it was time that we could invest in some jewelry for her. She absolutely loves it, and hasn’t taken it off since her birthday. I was very excited to get it for her. I spent a lot of months looking for the perfect bracelet, and finally found one the night before her birthday. Phew!

Miss Lily is reading at grade 2 level. She has begun reading her first chapter books, as the “baby” books with one-sentence pages became too easy for her. She kept breezing through them in minutes. Chapter books we found have been more challenging for her, and thus keeps her occupied and learning. She also loves a good challenge and we often find her trying to sound out bigger words on her own, often reading on her own instead of playing with her toys. She is a “super reader,” as she says.

Lily also loves astronomy. Daddy and Lily have been learning about the solar system, and the differences between each planet. I think that pretty soon, she will know more about astronomy than I do. Heh. We have one smart cookie on our hands.

Among those, Miss Lily is also an avid emotion reader. I couldn’t be more proud, being the psychology nerd of the family. She can read facial expressions, subtle social cues, and predict how people are feeling or believing based on their behaviors and the way their faces look. She has such an intuition about people and things that it surprises us a lot, and often her discovery of people’s manners are either ignored by the rest of us or go unnoticed completely. She is such an intuned little person.

She is our little miracle.

Two days after her birthday, we went on our second plane ride with her, down to California as an extended family vacation with some of my in-laws. We just did our first Disneyland full day today, and she was absolutely stoked and very excited!! We’ve been attempting to hide Disneyland from her in hopes of surprising her when we got here. But every so often, we would hint that we would go “somewhere big” and that it would be a great surprise. We’d ask her if she would like to meet her favorite princesses, or see a really cool princess castle, etc. For the past few months, she feigned disinterest or ignorance, so we took that as ignorance.

Boy were we wrong.

Yesterday when we finally got to our hotel, and when we were having lunch, Dave said non-chalantly, “Hmm, I would really love to see a princess castle. It would be really cool if we got to see one.” Her chosen response was, “Daddy, why don’t we just go to the Disneyland castle? There’s a princess castle there.”

We looked at each other with our jaws dropped to the ground. She was coloring and carried on coloring when she said this, as if this was the easiest thing to know and how silly of us not to have thought of this idea already. We asked her how she knew of Disneyland, and she said, “From Mommy and Daddy, silly. From the both of you. You talk about it all the time.”

Hm, so we did. And now our adventure continues. Pictures to come as we go through our 2.5 week holiday in California!

And Disneyland so far:

The plane ride! She was so good!!

Miss Lily was reeaallly tired by the time we got onto the bus from LAX to our hotel.

The four cousins after dinner. So hyped up. “HEIGHTENED!”

The entrance with Daddy and cousin Reilly!

Mommy and Lily!

The Tinkerbell cousin twins.

In line for the Toy Story ride!

Kennedy and Lily on a ride in A Bug’s Life park! Love that face.. haha…

The two cousins. So cute!

Lily the Astronomer

Our Lily is so awesome, she is now learning astronomy. At the age of 2. At this rate, she will be smarter than both of us by the time she’s 5. :P

Today’s conversations with Daddy:

Lily: “What is a planet?”
Daddy: “Saturn is a planet.”
Lily: “But what IS it?”
Daddy: “It’s a planet. Saturn is a planet.”
Lily: “But WHAT is a PLANET?!”
…Daddy: “Oh.”

So Lily learned about astronomy today. :P She now knows the earth rotates around the sun, and the moon rotates around the earth. And that there are other planets like the earth that rotates around the sun.

Lily: “We can’t see Egypt from here.”
Daddy: “Yes, you’re right.”
Lily: “It’s on the other side of the planet.”
Daddy: “Yes, it is!”
Lily: “It’s night time here when it’s day time there.”

And now some pictures.

Lily 2.5 Update

Miss Lily is just a little over 2.5 years old now. She is perhaps the smartest, most awesome little creature who I’ve ever met. It is truly a great pleasure to be in her life, let alone be her mother. I think she has been “here” before. Her eyes are full of wisdom, her thoughts are full of knowledge. She is continuing to read a lot of books, and she is enthused to do it herself.

This morning, we noticed she was reading the dedications page of one of her children’s book. We never read those pages to her, of course, so it couldn’t have been memorization. She sounded it out, word for word, and pointed to each word from left to right, up to down. She mispronounced a few words but she tried to sound them out. We were both so stunned we just stood there silently and watched her go till she was finished. I didn’t have time to get the video camera out! When she was done, she looked up at us and beamed her most proud smile. And then she said, “Daddy and Mommy, you are both so proud of me!”

Darn straight we are!

Miss Lily is all about princesses right now. She loves her fairy tales, and particularly all her Disney movies. She knows them inside and out, and sometimes she dresses up and plays “princess.” There was a brief period a few weeks ago when she demanded to be called “Princess.” Not Princess Lily, not Lily, “Juuuusstt Princess.” Daddy was her “prince” and I was the “queen.” For a little while there, I missed being “Mommy” and no matter how much we talked to her about it, we stayed “Queen” and “Prince.”

I am glad to be Mommy again. It’s the hat I wear with most pride.

Miss Lily just finished her first full dance class. She loved being in dance class, and better yet, she was one of the only two girls out of the whole class who could follow directions so well and listened to what the teacher wanted all the toddlers to do. She was twirling and tip-toeing and dancing and leaping. She is going to be a little dancer, methinks. In the beginning of April, she and I will be starting our first mommy-and-tot yoga class, and she will be in her first dedicated ballet class as well.

Miss Lily has been day time potty trained since that weekend when we trained her with her little bare bum running around the house for two days. Since then, she’s been working on being night time potty trained as well. She has insisted on not wearing her pull ups at night. Sometimes she would go for a whole week waking up dry, by waking herself up at night to go potty and then holding the rest till morning. However, there are those certain times here and there when she sleeps through and has accidents. They are getting fewer and farther in between. For about a week last week, I woke her up at about 1am or 2am so she can go potty. It promptly lasts about 2 minutes because she gets up, she goes, then proclaims drowsily, “There. Now I can go back to bed…” and trots clumsily back to her bed. For the past couple of nights, she’s requested that I don’t wake her up so she can wake herself up. I’ve agreed to do that because she is the sweetest, most self sufficient little angel ever. I told her she should try to wake up to go potty, but if she has accidents, it’s okay and we can just start again the next night.

Miss Lily talks nonstop from the time she wakes up to the time she goes to bed at night. She is affectionate and although she likes her independence and is a free spirit, she also loves her cuddles and she listens very well. I’ve taught her the 1-2-3 count a few months ago, and it only took two tries for her to understand that she does not want me to get to 3. I always tell her what happens at 3 (“If I get to 3, I’m going to come over and carry you myself.” etc.), so she always knows what to expect.

She also gets her feelings hurt very easily when she feels we’re upset with her. She bursts out into tears and says sobbily, “Sowwwyyy…” Sometimes, she’ll even add, “You will always love me even when you’re mad at me. *sniff*” Of course, it’s extremely hard to stay mad when your little girl’s heart is breaking because you’re mad. :P

On with the photos…

“Daddy, You’re My Best Friend.”

Lily: “Will you be my friend, Daddy?”
Daddy: “Of course I will be your friend. I love being your friend.”
Lily: “You’re my BEST friend, Daddy. I love you.”
Daddy: “I will always be your friend, Lily. I love you too.”

Photos of Lily

I don’t have a lot of time to do a real update, but here are some recent photos of Miss Lily. She’s 2.5 and is so AWESOME. She’s the best thing in the world. We are so in love with her.

The “gangsta” look. :P