I know this post is a little late. Okay, a lot late, but life is always busy and seems to rev up to break neck speed once the weather changes and the days get a little longer. Better late than never, right? I'll thank a puny, pitiful child who's been hit hard by strep throat this week for slamming on the brakes and giving me the chance to slow down just enough to sneak in a moment of writing.
Hannah recently turned three! This was not her first birthday at home with us and it was very obvious she'd been around the block once before because she fully embraced the fun and excitement in the days leading up to and on her birthday. The countdown was full throttle after the twins had their birthday and the excitement over a Minnie Mouse cake was palpable. She....was....excited! Let's get the party started!
I was out of town, traveling home from a conference I attended on her actual birthday so we dragged things out just a bit more and celebrated two days later. She didn't seem to mind the ongoing and never ending celebration of all things Hannah.
She is so big! Three! Hardly a baby anymore, certainly not a toddler, she is most definitely a pre-schooler in all ways. She tags along with so much of Joshua and Grace's school, I swear she is going to skip right through PreK and perhaps even K. We've started a reading program for the twins and she is learning right alongside. She is smart.
Hannah is our loud, boisterous, hilarious, giggly girl. She provides all of us with hours of entertainment with her dancing and gibberish tales. She is affectionate and lover of all things Mommy (cooking, cleaning, nurturing, laundry--if I am involved, she is involved). She adores her big sister and could play baby dolls and Legos with her for hours on end. She's discovered a rich love for books and reading and rocks the cutest dark black piggy tales you have ever seen. She is brave and so resilient. She's incredibly independent and harbors an impressive bit of stubbornness. She knows what she wants and she expresses it clearly. She longs to be held, snuggled, and told she is precious and loved. She is so incredibly bright and clearly very coordinated. She is ready to start dancing like big sis and start her own adventure into gymnastics. She works so hard to learn, to know, to understand. She is so complex and I see deep in her eyes there are questions she yet doesn't have the words to voice, but I know they will come and I am unsure I will know just how to answer them. She is amazing and we are so thankful and so blessed to have her as our daughter.
Happy Birthday, Miss Hannah! We are so glad you are ours!