Friday, November 25, 2011

And so she is 3

Lydia turned 3 at the beginning of the month.  She's almost 3 feet tall, a few pounds away from 30lbs.  How about my little girl being a sassy little thing?

It's amazing how much she has grown this year.  There are these crazy full sentences that have been coming out of her mouth for the past half year.  Frankly, it's amazing considering how worried we were.  She has this ridiculous memory which allows her to learn so many different things and different words.  Of course, it's the story of a child in development - it's not like she's a genius, but in my eyes she's the most brilliant star in the sky.

At the end of September, Gary and I had the most marvelous night with Lydia.  It was her first shadow puppet show.  We turned off the lights, got our flashlights out and made ourselves giants, made bunnies, dogs, crocodiles.  It was so much fun!

Lydia, Gary and I took 2 weeks at the end of October / beginning of November and went over to England.  Lydia got to meet her cousin, Henry, who she calls Hengry.  It took her a week and a half, but by the time we left, she was wanting to hold him.  She was slightly jealous, but she did fairly well for a 3-year old bratty kid who was being spoiled by family who doesn't see her but once every 18 months or so. 

We celebrated her birthday with my family.  It was hard to leave at the end of the two weeks because Lydia had obviously made some attachments with my family.  When we were talking on our last night, we said that we had to go home on the aeroplane.  She said she wanted to go to work with my sister instead!  It was quite cute, although sad too.  It's difficult because I want to be around so that we all grow up together still.  And I know when we go back like this, the time we spend together is precious, intentional and everyone is so present because it's truly special. 

It's prematurity awareness month too.  Here's a quote I love from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream:

And though she be but little, she is fierce.

That's our Lydia.  Our 2lbs 7oz little itty bitty girl is a fighter.

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