Today is Carli Grace's third birthday. When I look at her next to Hattie I just can't get over how grown up she is and how much I remember her being SO little.
This is the first year Carli Grace completely understands birthday. She knows that, as of this morning, she's 3...and she knows which fingers those mean. She picked out treats to take to Ms. Kelly's for her friends, she's getting a special dinner and treat tonight and she knows...oh, does she know...that there will be presents.
So, as I do on each kids birthday. Three things of interest this year:
This year my big girl has gotten over being shy. We started this year with a girl that wouldn't talk to anyone but us, wouldn't go outside if someone was mowing their lawn within 3 miles, and wouldn't go on most things at the playground. Well let me tell you...that is no longer the case. Between her dance recital, trick or treating and her introducing her "new baby sister" to every stranger in Target she has definitely moved past being shy and reserved.
This year my big girl has become independent. Sometimes we roll our eyes and shake our heads at her sass, but let me tell you...secretly, I'm proud that she knows what she wants and even prouder that she knows how to talk you into also wanting it. I'm sure this post will come back to bite me in the years to come, but I still just can't help smiling every time I hear her reason with one of "her boys" or Daddy.
This year my big girl has fallen in love with her new baby sister. It was immediate and it is beautiful to watch. I'll be honest. I worry about the huge responsibility it is to raise two little women...sisters. But when I see how Carli Grace gravitates towards Hattie I just feel like it's all going to work out just fine. That my Carli Grace has it under control.
Happy birthday my princess! I love you more then you can possibly know until you're a momma yourself.