Boy do I owe Lily a post or what? I feel like over here in LilyPad land it's been all about Quinn lately. Part of the reason for that is there is just too much Lily material lately. I don't even know what to say or how to boil it all down! But our little girl is turning three tomorrow- THREE! So she is very much deserving of some catch-up posts. Let's see what I can do...
First - I have to say that the only reason I'm getting to write anything right now is that BOTH MY KIDS ARE ASLEEP - IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY - AND AT THE SAME TIME. I know - that's a lot of caps. But really, this is a momentous event. Lily has given up napping at home for the most part and Quinn still tends to cat-nap through his day. I had all but given up on having any time to myself at all on my days home alone with them. So really this is glorious - just glorious. I put them both in their bedroom at about 2:20. There was a lot of goofing around with each other. It's funny - how they can totally play/talk together even though Quinn can't get much past "a-goo" yet. I can't wait for the day they can have real conversations in there. And I can eavesdrop on the monitor!
Today we had Lily's 3-year check-up and I was just struck by how grown up she's seeming lately. She totally handled the whole thing pretty much without me. She told Dr. Mahoney how she eats a lot of vegetables "broccoli, carrots and asparagus". And while she does eat a ton of broccoli - that's pretty much her only vegetable. So I'm not sure where the carrots and asparagus embellishment came from! She was very careful to tell Dr. Mahoney that she only has "one vitamin a day". Even though she would like to have more because "they are very yummy - just like candy". Oh but candy - she doesn't eat much of that. She was careful to tell the doctor that too. She got up on the table, cooperated with all the ear/eye/throat checking, marched over to the scale to be weighed and measured. It feels like SUCH a milestone that she's no longer being weighed on the baby scale. Lily is a big fan of Dr Mahoney and was dismayed when it was time for her to leave the room. "Aren't you going to stay with us?" she asked.
[OK so I started this Monday with the two kids asleep, but then Quinn woke up - shocker]
AND now it's the day AFTER Lily's birthday and this post is not really going anywhere quickly. So! Happy Birthday Lily. I can't believe you're three. You're growing up into such an awesome little girl. I hardly have the words to describe it. This pat year you've grown from a toddler into our little companion. You are a great lunch date, museum-buddy, kitchen-helper and storytime cuddler. You've embraced your role as big sister with such vigor. I love watching you take care of Quinn. I love when you tell me that you have a "long long long story to tell me. Yup, very long". I love when you come running into the room and say "Mom! Mom! I have TWO Questions" I miss being called "Ma-ee" and wonder when I became "Mom". I love how you chatter constantly when we're in the car. I love that you love holiday decorations and Christmas lights. I love seeing the world through your eyes. I love that I can still comfort you, even though you are so very brave now. You give us the gift of yourself, every day. We are so lucky and so thankful. Happy Birthday to our little girl.