My dearest Karina,
As my child that always keeps me guessing and always on my toes, it sure has been a whirlwind season with you. This past year has brought your first lost teeth, learning to ride a bike, and reading with confidence. There sure has been some tremendous growth!
Today you are seven.
Seven!!! How did we get here this fast?! Seven is like a miniature adult. No longer do you need my help with so many things. You can care for yourself and the animals, and hang with the big kids. You are curious and occasionally rational, and make a great companion while out on adventures. Don’t tell your siblings, but you win the most helpful award in our family. Thanks for always being willing to help me clean and organize!
This year you have blown me away with your ability to adapt despite sensory overload being a very real thing in your world. I worried and worried about where you may struggle with school and friends, but once again you have proved you are capable of living your best life. You love school and thrive there. I am so grateful for the wonderful teachers who have provided you with a solid routine, which has been such a sense of security for you.
Your competitive spirit has realllllly shown its colors this year, too. You want to be the best at everything, and you work your tail off at school and in sports to try to earn that title.
You have grown to love reading this year, but math is your absolute favorite. We have had to create worksheets for you and buy workbooks galore to keep up with your passion for learning about numbers. That is definitely a trait that makes your accountant daddy proud! Keep up the good work, but know there is more to life than smarts, and we need to continue to work on those social skills and being a good friend, too.
Your personality type is still TBD, but as of now, you seem to be an extroverted introvert. You are often labeled as silly and have a reputation of being a class clown among your peers. You love jokes and don’t typically shy away from attention. But some days, you just really enjoy being alone, and sneak off from playing with friends for some downtime in your room.
You love sports, and are looking forward to playing soccer and flag football in the fall. I wouldn’t be surprised if you try all the sports by high school. Clearly movement is something your body craves! Daddy and I are happy to let you try what activities you’d like, as long as you still have plenty of time to relax and just be a kid, too. Go gentle on yourself as you learn what makes your heart happiest.
Your current favorite things to do are play with our pets, wrestle, climb, play outside, LEGOs, and Nintendo. I absolutely love seeing you interact with your siblings, and how much you and your brother have grown together this past year. As we always joke, you two go from best friends to mortal enemies in a matter of minutes. Keep nurturing those sibling relationships because like we always warn you — you’re stuck with them for LIFE.
I hope you know how much daddy and I love you. We know you are a very strong willed child with a fire in your belly that cannot be tamed. Please continue to go easy on us as we continue to determine how best to reach that beautiful, fast-paced brain of yours. We have no doubt that with your smarts and confidence, you are going places.
We love you to the moon and back, times infinity.