You may have noticed I stopped posting my gratitude posts. This occurred not because I'm ungrateful, but because I have never been an every-single-day blogger. It's just not my thing. I don't know what I was even thinking. I've made it a point to think about something I'm grateful for everyday, but when I try to turn it into a blog post everyday, then all of a sudden I feel like I have to come up with something inspiring or motivating…and well..talk about pressure! It's just not in me, folks!
I do however want to write another gratitude post to sum up the last week.
My daughter and I both share our birthday month and it just so happens to be the one that is this! November. Boo ya..I'm older. and I now officially have a two-year old.
My birthday always makes me grateful for all the good people who are in my life, and for life in general. And four days after my birthday, my heart is full again as I celebrate the life of this little sparkle of joy:
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I only have two kids so I have no idea if toddlers are normally this funny, but this girl has me laughing multiple times a day. Her mind is so genius, and her zeal for life is contagious. I realize this might only be interesting for family, but here are some things I love about my Kinley:
- One of my favorite parts of the day is opening her door in the morning and pulling her out of her crib because she gets sooooo excited the moment she sees me and I can't help but be excited right back at her. I'm usually going crazy within the first hour of her waking due to her speed and precision in getting into things and causing mayhem, but those first 10-15 minutes together are absolutely fantastic.
- She LOVES her lamby! This stuffed little friend of hers has been her BFF since baby-hood, and has survived many washings. If we ever lose him we are in big trouble. We made her birthday cake in honor of the deeply admired little fella.
- I was so nervous during my 3rd trimester with Addie that Kinley would hate her for stealing part of her show. The opposite has happened: She LOVES her. And it makes my heart warm. One of the first things she does in the morning is run into my room squealing “ADDDIEE!!! HI Addie!” And if she is still sleeping she waits in anticipation. She gives her hugs and kisses several dozen times a day, and if I'm in the middle of something when she starts to fuss…she RUNS to her rescue. She is an amazing big sister.
- She is very resourceful and it seems she can get into anything, no matter how high. The upper cupboards, the fridge, and most recently she has been climbing out of her crib (the last one makes me want to cry). Whenever I am nursing Addie, it's like she knows it's her 10-minute countdown to get into as much as she can, as fast as she can. One time she climbed the counter, retrieved a bowl, and then proceeded to fill that bowl with leftovers from the fridge. She then climbed the counter once again, microwaved her food and was pulling it out right as I dashed in to see what she was microwaving. I am now confident that if something ever happened to me, she would not allow herself to starve.
- Most recently she has started asking during random moments if we can pray together. She will kneel down, fold her arms and then wait for me to join her. This almost made me cry the first time she did it because all of this time we have been wondering if our efforts for family prayer have meant anything to her.
- She LOVES people. I have never known her to be shy, which I am mostly grateful for (busy, public places are challenging). Typically when we drop her off somewhere, she waves us away with an enthusiastic “Bye-bye!”
- If someone farts, she points to their bum and says, “POOPY!” Her accuracy rate is pretty high when it's her 6-month old sister, but adults? Not so much. Haha. We're working on this one!
- She LOVES food and being outside. And of course shoes and purses (other people's especially). And everyday she will find a way to reach my chapstick or lotion and come begging me to put some on her.
- Sometimes she will try to hand me something, and I will realize too late that it is a booger. We're working on that one too.
The best part about being Kinley's mom is that it seems that at each stage she arrives at, I say to myself: “This must be the funnest stage!” But she continues to be fun in every stage she is in.
I LOVE YOU KINLEY!
That's all for now. This post is mainly for me to look back upon, but thanks if you took the time to read it!