Lily turned 2 on Sunday. Which is crazy, because I'm pretty sure that I only had her a few months ago.
From day one Lily was different. She was the funniest looking baby, which made us both fall in love with her instantly. When my brother first saw her he laughed, and then he held her and looked at her and said that he thought that with her funny little elf face she would turn in to a real beauty one day. He was right.
Lily works at her own speed. Which means that she learns some things at super fast speed. She started feeding herself before she turned one. She can already dress herself and (just like her big sister) has been choosing what she wants to wear for as long as I can remember. But it also means that she does some things at a much slower pace than we're used to. But that's ok, because slow isn't bad and with Lily, it's worth the wait.
Before Lily was born we couldn't believe that we could love anyone as much as we loved Bella, but in an instant we knew we did and we knew we were so lucky to have another amazing, funny, wonderful girl in our lives.
Lily is quirky and funny and so, so sweet. She loves to look after her babies and spends hours every day feeding them and dressing them and putting them to bed. She loves to dance, and says 'more!' as soon as a song ends. She particularly loves to dance in the car and frequently shouts 'Ma!' so that I'll turn and look at her as she shakes her head from side to side and waves her hands around like a loon. She's quite possibly the most ticklish child ever to be born and breaks out in to huge, sweet peels of laughter as soon as you even show her your tickling fingers. She loves to climb in to bed with me and watch saturday morning tv and 'read' my Living Etc and Elle Deco's, whilst Jim and Bella play downstairs. She loves to hug and pats our backs to comfort us. She blows kisses all the time and hurls herself at us when we walk through the door. She is kind and caring and sweet. And she is loved, so very, very much. By me and Jim, by Bella, by her Nana and Grandpa, by her friends and all her family. She's special and the fact that we have her in our lives makes us feel special.
Happy 2nd birthday Lily. You're a star, that shines bright in our lives. Thank you for sharing yourself with us.