My eldest girl turns 5 today. My sweet little girl, Ayra.
It’s amazing to see how much she has grown over the past few years. From a clingy baby/toddler who cries and whines A LOT to this independent little girl who washes her own cups and bowls. She’s a big girl now!
She likes helping around the house with simple tasks like cleaning up her room, arranging shoes and wiping any spills that she or her lil sis accidentally make. She’s also a caring big sister and I just love seeing the bond between her and her little sis – how they get along with each other, how she would help her little sis with just about anything when I have my hands full (getting dressed, suap makan, pour her drinks), how she would get mad when her little sis refused to wash hands and get cleaned after a messy chocolate treat because “Nanti kotor ants datang!” and how she would teach her little sis to do things like how to wear shoes and how to color properly. Senang cerita, she’s reliable (for her age) and I can depend on her. I guess that’s an eldest child thing?
Oh, but she still whines. Sometimes it even sounded like she’s nagging. And she sounded pretty much like me when she does that. Yikes.
I noticed that we have a lot of things in common other than the whining part. Her little sister may look a lot like me when I was little, but I think Ayra has my personality and characteristics. We’re both the eldest sister, we are fussy eaters (or at least I used to be one – just like her), we are shy and quiet around people, we like all things girly and pretty, we are somewhat neat freaks and some other things that shall not be spilled here. But she’s an early riser (that is so not me) and would always wake me up every weekend asking for breakfast.
Just like any girly girl, Ayra loves dressing up. Sometimes she even wears necklace and headband at home. And I can sense that she has a great taste in fashion for a 5-year-old! She knows how to match her accessories with her outfits that sometimes I would saja-saja ask for her opinion of which shawl goes well with my top or which dress is nicer, which bag to wear and whatnot (I used to do that with my sisters but now that we’re not living in the same house, I’m doing it with my daughter), and most of the time, she would choose the ones I like most. Haha. She’s like my little fashion buddy!
She has also shown a rather “serious” interest in drawings since earlier this year. I’d say serious, because she would draw for hours, every single day – whether at home, in the car, at the mall, restaurant, etc. Pen and papers are like her best friends now. And I’m more than happy to encourage that hobby of hers. Who knows maybe she would be a famous artist one day? Or you know, a fashion designer or an entrepreneur or whatever she wants to be.
Sigh. I still cannot believe how fast she’s grown… and to think that next year would be her last year as a pre-schooler kinda freaks me out a bit. Geez, could anyone please press a pause button for a sec? She’s growing up too fast!