She's two today! Two? Truth be told she has been acting like she was two since she turned one. The fits, the constant I can do it myself attitude. Goodness, this child keeps me on my toes. She's wild and beautiful. Totally dances to the beat of her own drum. She's one of those children whose love has to be earned. If you get a kiss and a hug its honestly so super sweet because she doesn't have the time on her watch to give them. She loves her Daddy. Like REALLY loves her Daddy and it totally makes me jealous, but I also love that she has such a connection with him. She gave our family new life and brought us closer somehow. She is reckless. Funny. Such a ham. And drop-dead gorgeous! Where in the world did those bright blue eyes come from and that Shirley Temple hair?! The girl totally makes it work for her benefit too. She's cute. Yes, but she is also the biggest stinker I've ever seen. She demands attention. Loves her brothers. Fights with her big sister and usually wins. Has a love for our dog Ginger that I'm totally jealous of too.
Lillie was named after my grandmother who was Lillie Mae. I wanted to name her Lillie Mae Kay but Andrew thought that it was wayyyy too country. He was right. So we named her Lillie Caroline instead. But oh does she not carry my grandmothers name well. My grandmother was a firecracker too. She was a God-fearing woman who wanted everyone she met to know the Lord and wasn't afraid of telling you about it. She was spunky and would get madder than an old red hen faster than you could blink. (Now if that's not a southern sentence I don't know what is.)
I often tell my friends that God gave me Lillie to keep me humble. That I didn't realize how prideful I was until she was born. How was I prideful? Well, I had three very easy children. They are pretty well behaved most of the time. Easy peasy, Thank you, Yes, Ma'am children. I swelled up with pride every time someone would say "your children are so well behaved." I was one of those moms whose children stayed with her at the grocery store and when I saw a child throwing a fit in the grocery aisle thought to myself "my child will not act that way." Yep, pride. Ugly pride. Thought I totally had this mom thing down pride. Then I had Lillie and my pride began to fall. Now I am that mom in the grocery store aisle with the child screaming bloody murder over absolutely nothing at all.
Oh Lillie, you have brightened our lives these last two years. You turned our world upside down and it fell completely in a different place. A much more bright and beautiful place. You have turned me into a different kind of mother.
You really are my sunshine.
I love you my wild, beautful girl!