A bunch of pictures from last fall. The reason I don't use a digital camera is the very real likelihood that I would lose it. I took these on a one-use camera, then lost it, then recently found it. In any case, Lydia is 4'2" (50 inches) and 70 pounds. She's over the 97th percentile for her height and her weight. She's very active. Not only does she take ballet once a week, but she dances in front of the TV to the music of her favorite TV shows. Usually it's quite graceful, though the thing she was doing to one particular song from the Backyardigans looked more like thrash dancing.
She loves to run. In a 50-yard race, she will beat me because she has great acceleration; eventually, I can catch her, but it is by using maximum effort. She'll race me up the stairs and always beat me, but to be fair to me, she usually has the inside track. She has various and sundry allergies, some seasonal, others year-round. She takes Zyrtec practically daily, plus her fluoride and vitamin, and other medicines seasonally, as needed. She was tested again, and she's still allergic to peanuts; she's never been allergic to tree nuts, but we have to avoid them too, since they tend to be processed in the same location.
She lost her eighth (or is it her ninth?) baby tooth this week, and has one adult tooth (top center). I must say that the Tooth Fairy is WAY more generous with her than she was with me. As I've noted she's doing well in school. Initially she fretted that she wasn't ready - the source of the glum look (above) is that this was the first day of school back in September - but now she loves it.
I generally help her with her homework. Recently, he had to add coins, two quarters, and she guessed 51 cents. I explained that if 5 plus 5 equal a number ending in zero, than any two numbers each with the last digit of 5 added together would end with zero. She hugged me and said, "Thank you for showing me that, Daddy!" She REALLY loves to learn. The curse of being the child of a teacher and a librarian, I suppose.