Lately her favorite thing to do is to look for bugs. She'll tell me, "I'm gonna go find some bugs". Then she'll run outside in the backyard and start digging in the mud. She'll come in after a few minutes to proudly show me her new bugs and mud covered hands. Every once in awhile I'll check on her through the window and she'll just be walking around enjoying being outside. She seems so big to me in those moments.
I noticed her the other day and she was walking around talking to herself. This happens often so it wasn't too big of a deal. She likes to play in her room and pretend like she is a teacher or talking to her friends. But this time when I opened the door I just heard her saying things like, "What do you want to do? Oh, you want to go by the tree? Ok, we can play by the tree". And it was a little creepy since there were no baby dolls around. I was certain she had a new (and creepy!!!) imaginary friend. So I just stood at the door and watched her for a minute. When she finally noticed me she looked a little embarrassed. I asked her what she was doing and she said, "I'm talking to my bug". Oh thank goodness! I was so relieved it wasn't a made up friend. I'm not sure how I'd handle that.
I feel like when I look at Presley she looks so different. She's always been adorable to me, but these days she looks so pretty. Her little baby features are now starting to be big girl features. I catch myself just staring at her and admiring her. It brings me to tears to think that she is almost 4 years old! SLOW DOWN!!!
There are lots of times when Presley asks for hugs and kisses. Or she'll tell me she needs a hug. Or she'll ask me to snuggle her before bed. And no matter how frustrated I might be with her I will always stop whatever I am doing and love on her. I know there is going to be a time when she is too big for me. I just don't think I can even think about that right now. I want my little babies to always be my little babies.