Everyone says that the days are long, but the years are short. How true that is indeed! One year ago, our little Ella was just becoming quite the toddler. Not quite 2 years, she was still walking around with the silly paci and sporting just enough hair to pull into pig tails...which she would, of course, immediately rip out once out of my vision for one moment.
She was a temper tantrum throwing little spit fire who was for sure testing me to see who was boss. We enjoyed every hard minute with her, but boy did she ever show us her passionate personality!
But, now, that barely talking 22 month old, is now almost 3! And we are seeing the fruits of our labor. Parents, do not be discouraged if you have a strong willed little one. They are such a blessing. So full of personality and passion for life...strong willed children also LOVE very deeply and as passionately as they show the other emotions. Would you just look at this gorgeous little lady she has become over the past year?
Stunning, right? I mean she has the most GORGEOUS long, blonde hair and BIG blue eyes to go with that big personality...that I have just learned to finally embrace and love so much!
I would not change her one little bit. She is my first...my guinea pig in this whole parenting gig. And I just absolutely love that she is so passionate about life. She loves her family and teachers and friends with so much enthusiasm.
And yesterday...sigh...she told me I was her best friend. Geez, I almost needed to pull over the car.
Ella, I do not even really know how to fully write down and explain how amazing you are little darling. You amaze me. You teach me way more than I teach you. I LOVE that you have a strong personality...you will surely be a strong woman because of it. Your preschool teacher says you are shy and very well behaved. How proud I feel, yet I cannot take credit. I have never seen a strong willed child who is shy in public...what a complex person you are! But, my little lady, I wouldn't change one thing about you. You, too, are one of my best friends, my buddy, my little dose of heaven every. single. day. And although I am still the mommy, I look forward to watching our friendship blossom as God continues to shape you into this incredible little lady.
I love you a thousand times,
Mommy (or Mum...too many English cartoons, perhaps?)