Little Miss Independent has decided that she no longer needs my help. She can put on her shoes and her coat and her hat, and she does not care if it takes 15 minutes.
Katie-Can-Do has decided that she can go down our 13 steep, uncarpeted stairs all by herself, and she does not want to hold Mommy’s hand. “No! Katie do!” she demands as I pace myself just in front of her, my hands guarding (but certainly not touching) her small frame.
Big Girl has decided that she can put on her own pants, thank you very much. It does not matter to her how many legs end up in one pant hole, and she definitely does not care if the pants are inside out or right-side-up. She can do it herself. She can take ’em off, too.
Miss Kate has decided that she can color with markers and sit on the potty and climb on a kitchen chair. Why not? Maddie does.
Katie went from zero to she-thinks-she-is-four seemingly overnight. She is independent, self-sufficient, able-bodied, and not a baby. She is assertive and sure. She is our Katie-Can-Do.