Wednesday, May 6, 2009

NINE!!!

Rhubarb, 3 years old, wearing a traditional Haitian school-girl outfit
made from my wedding dress, on her baptism day
Today is Rhubarb's 9th birthday. She had a talk with me a few weeks ago about how she really wanted gifts that were for bigger kids this year: a REAL tea set, a journal, a chapter book she doesn't have to share, and lip balm with a little bit of shine. We got her the tea set and the journal, plus earrings and an inexpensive ring.

Before opening gifts tonight, she shared her memories from being 8 and her one goal for 9: to write all her memories of childhood down in a journal. Ten minutes later she opened the journal. It was the perfect gift.

One thing that will change now that she is 9 is bedtime. It will move from between 7:30 and 8:00 to between 8:00 and 8:30. She is very excited about this. I am thinking about pulling out her very unfinished baby book and seeing if she would like to finish it together during her extra 1/2 hour each night. She really is at the age where she wants to much to know about her early years. I can only fill in some of the gaps from her first 3 years for her, but maybe working together on her lifebook will help her feel more connected to her birth family and her Haitian identity.

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