That’s my girl! In this picture, she has on FOUR skirts, two of them tutus. She turned two and a half last month, and here is what she’s up to:
-She changes her clothes pretty much constantly. I cannot keep an outfit on this girl! Getting dressed is literally the first thing that she thinks about when she wakes up in the morning. A bathing suit is almost always the first layer, and the combination usually includes a tutu. Josh talks about “layers of cuteness.” If you help Lilia undress from her extravagant outfits, you will discover the many layers of cuteness that she has amassed. You might find wings, then her shirt, then another secret shirt, a tutu hidden under a skirt, tights, and almost a always a bathing suit (most likely the polka-dotted one) under it all. It would be easy to be annoyed by Lilia’s dressing habits, but, quite honestly, I love it. I love that she is free and confident and cute no matter what she wears. I love that she is learning to be independent, even in the little things. It’s a joy to see her express herself and delight in life. There are moments when we have to insist that she wear a certain thing, but we can usually explain the reason why and she is willing to concede.
-Lilia is talking up a storm. She’s not as outspoken as her brother or as some of the older kids, so you might have to get her by herself to hear what she has to say. But, trust me, she has a lot to say! Her words are not as clearly spoken as her brother’s were at this age, but they are getting clearer all the time. Some of her new expressions are “cool!” and “oh, man.”
-She has lots of good friends and plays well with other kids. Her best buddies are Seth, Soren, Delaney, and Kylie. But, this week she declared that daddy is her BEST friend. (You gotta know he was pleased about that one!)
-Lilia is still a master at mimicking. She does just about everything she sees her bubby (brother), mommy, or daddy do. She carries her purse with her everywhere, with her phone and keys tucked away inside. She also takes great care of her baby (thanks to the great modeling of other mommies in our community) – she nurses her baby, puts her baby to bed, changes her babies diaper, and wears her baby in a sling. This morning Lilia did an artful job of putting on mascara, which she found in the cabinet (I’ve moved that to a higher cabinet, now).
-Lilia is working on her fine motor skills, learning to fasten things, color in objects and shapes, putting on her own socks, and making balls and “snakes” with play dough.
This morning, Lilia and I had a rare morning with just the two of us. Jedidiah was (and still is) at the Museum of Science and Industry with some friends. Lilia was sad for a few seconds that she did not get to go to the “science place,” but she cheered up quickly when she thought about having fun with mommy. The whole time, we said things like “no bubby – just mommy and Lilia!” and “bubby is doing science, and we’re doing fun!” We had such a lovely time. We picked out a treat together at the store, we went shopping for boots, and we went by the furniture store to show off the new boots to Josh. (A funny side note: The shopping trip was a spur of the moment decision after dropping off Jedidiah, so neither Lilia nor I were looking our best for this outing. Lilia was wearing her classic wild attire, complete with multiple shirts and the polka-dotted bathing suit underneath. And I was wearing some clothes I threw on to get us out the door quickly. Lilia also had some leftover make-up on from her charade this morning. All that to say, I think we were quite a sight. Oh well, we had a blast!) Lilia immediately discovered some polka-dotted rainboots (“just like my swimming suit!” she announced). We were there for snow boots, but it was a buy-one-get-one-half-off day….so, we got rain boots and snow boots. And, we just HAD to go show them off to her best friend (her daddy)! When we got home, she fell asleep in my arms and is now crashed out on the couch. I really could not be more thankful for my sweet, quirky, happy, lively Lilia! I praise God for the gift of her in our family.
PS – Lilia just looked at the photo at the top of the post and said, “I wanna wear THAT!”