Oh, I've procrastinated long enough in writing this post. I thought if I just didn't acknowledge the fact that my baby had a birthday, then maybe she really didn't (also, maybe if I didn't pay admission for her and say she was under two recently, it might not be true. Opps. I know. I really am a Christian.)
But she is two and starting so show some signs....
Take for instance yesterday. Within a span of 24 hrs I found her in the toilet 3 times, once submerging her head continuously! In the same 24 hrs she was found half way in her sister's bath with all her cloths on, "brushing" her teeth at the sink with her brother and sister's toothbrushes (everyone else's is always better than your own, right?), pulling her diaper off each time I put it on and running through the house naked, *edited: forgot to mention the Old English Furniture Polish incident in which we had to contact poison control*, and trying to bite her Mama when she's pulled away from naughty tirades. And that is only 24 hours folks! Lydia is one busy, busy bee.
On her actual Birthday we just woke her up and sang Happy Birthday. B and I also made her a cake that night for dinner.
This is my big girl writing her sister's name on her card.
Take a look at JP's face. He had just gotten in trouble for pulling Lydia's present out of the bag. Poor guy, he is all confused about birthdays. First it was Bethany's, then a friend had a Chuck E Cheese party, then Lydia's. He kept saying, JP's Happy Birthday. He now knows his birthday is in April, but he has no idea what that means..... I think he deserves a BIG party this year for having to endure all the others!
We woke the birthday girl up with a song and lots of jumping around and giggling from her siblings. As you can see, she likes to sleep under her pillow. It's normally over her head but I had to move it to get some birthday morning pics:)
The next weekend she had a birthday party with her frenemy, Katlin. Lydia adores Kate but it's not always reciprocated!!:) They had an owl themed party organized by big sister, Bethany. She loves to plan a party and then next best thing to planning her own is planning her sisters!
Katlin's Mommy, my good friend Jamie, did this adorable Owl cake! So cute and the kids got a whoooot out of it!
The snack table approved by our party planner.
The birthday girls. They are only a week apart.
Since our families both work for Christ Community and neither of us have family in town, our party was mostly comprised of siblings. Look a JPeezers cheesing for the camera. He loves to do this. We had 2 other small children as "guest" other than the broad of siblings. Liddy and Kate didn't seem to notice.....
Liddy was scared of her two little candles, But managed to eat her entire baby owl (she's her Mama's girl for sure:)
Her favorite gift was from Linny and Elba, a baby that goes pee pee and poopoo!
The word that I use to best describe you is passionate. When you are happy I have never seen a more happier little girl and when you are upset everyone knows it! It's a characteristic that you get honest from both of us. You are your Daddy's daughter though. I see so much of him in you. From the dimple on your check, to the way you see things in black and white, to those piercing blue eyes, and even to the way your feet are really ticklish when I do "This little Piggy". I love seeing a reflection of the man I love in my child, it's a sweet gift.
I have loved watching you grow this year. The most precious thing has been watching you love your big brother. I can honestly say that out of everyone in the family it was you who has known best how to love JP and accept him from the moment he was first a part of our family. The Lord has used you to teach me what unconditional love looks like. It takes a special little girl to posses such a virtuous quality. I can't believe your second year has come upon us so fast. This year you have welcomed a new brother into the family, moved to another state and started "school" two mornings a week. All this and it hasn't even thrown you off kilter once! You also love the ministry that Mommy and Daddy have in our new community. It took JP and Bethany some time to get use to the teenagers and kids that are at our house regularly, but you hit the ground running when they are here. You enjoy them chasing you and tossing you in the air. You ask them to pick you up and play with you. I can tell that you really do see the world through your heart. I know that quality, combined with your passion for life, will lead you to do great things for the Kingdom of God. Lyida, my prayer for you is that you learn to listen to the Lord's voice from an early age. That you recognize the Spirit at work in your heart and make up your mind serve Him wholeheartedly. As you grow I can see you being my Crusader, advocating and rallying for those in need. Liddy, keep your passionate fire blazing but remember that it will always be in vain if not doing it for the Lord. I love you and can't wait to journey with you this year. I'll admit my first and foremost priority will be to keep you alive and well through all your curiosities!