The long awaited day has finally come! Ally has been wanting to go to school ever since Hailey's first day of preschool 2 years ago. I would have concidered puting her in a 3 year old pre-school last year, but we moved into our house in August, and all of the neighborhood groups were full and I guess I just didn't really want to tote her clear into town. She will be attending Early Intervention Teaching Center for district 93. This is just across the street from our neighborhood, so it won't be too bad taking her over there three days a week.
Ally is a very special girl. She is very different from her sister Hailey. Ally is not shy at all and she started talking at 9 months old and hasn't stopped since. She is always willing to give her opinion, and let you know how it is. When Natalie was born, Ally informed me that she "speaks baby" and that she could let me know what her sister wanted, and pretty much to this day if I can't figure it out I ask Ally.
She is a VERY affectionate and loving child. She is quick to trust and to get attached. She loves to cuddle up to just about anyone. Ally always knows how to make someone feel special. Allan's great-aunt Dot loves Ally because she is always excited to see her and will give her lots of attention. She will remember any little act of kindness you show her and be your best friend for it. (this is a trait I love, but it also scares me to death) She is also very sensitive, sometimes she will be crying and saying "oowwwee" and when I ask her what is wrong she tells me her feelings are hurt, but she is also very quick to forgive.Ally LOVES her sisters. She looks up to Hailey, and mothers Natalie, and absolutely can not stay away from Lilly. It is like she has a magnetic force that draws her to babies, without even realizing it she will be touching them. Sometimes we ask her to leave Lilly alone, for whatever reason, usually because she is sleeping, and within 30 seconds she is right back there loving on her sister. Someday she will be a wonderful mother, one of those sentimental ones who cries when her children start school.
Ally is also so smart. I think it is because she spends so much time with Hailey. It seems like she learns everything long before her time. She started writing her letters at 2 1/2 when Hailey started school, when she went in for her 4 year old check up the doctor was surprised when she counted to 20 without missing any of the teens. She is great at puzzles and can just see how things go together. Ally has a lot of friends who started Kindergarten this year, and part of me thought about working really hard with her this year and testing her into first grade next year, but I decided in the long run she will be better off with the kids her age.