Sunday, January 17, 2010

Why I Love You So

Kaiya is two years old today. Two! It's hard to imagine that two years ago, I was lying in bed, totally giddy and unable to rest, with a brand new, tiny, tiny baby girl in my arms.

We had a party for Kaiya yesterday with the people that she is closest to and most familiar with. It was a wonderful mix of family, neighbours, and friends. She was so excited all day, and she still is. She has been carrying around her little helium balloon bouquet for two days now, and she still giggles at it and does her little "balloon dance." It's so sweet and funny.

For Kaiya's birthday, I wanted to write a list of all the things that I love about her. I know the list will be incomplete, because it's a never-ending list, really, and I reserve the right to add to this list at any time. Who knows... maybe this will become a yearly ritual, and down the road, Kaiya bear will be able to read the list and remember that she is deeply loved. Feel free to add your own comments.

Oh dear Kaiya, here are just some of the reasons why I love you so...
You greet me every morning with "Hi, mommy," and then proceed to dump all of your stuffed animals out of your crib, one by one.

You're a funny mix of serious and laid-back.

You always want to help me and your dad. You help me cook, unload the dishwasher, load the washer and dryer, hang clothes, sweep, wash the floor, and make the bed. You helped your daddy put together the table and chairs we bought you as well as the storage system we got from Ikea.

You're so easy to leave with a babysitter.

You still often say "peadadow" when you mean "peanut butter." And if we tease you and ask you to correct yourself, you say, very loudly and forcefully, "PEA-DUT BUH-DAH!!"

You demand that we "hugkiss" you every night and sing "Jingle Bells" as we put you to bed. And if you ever wake up crying in the middle of the night, you demand the whole procedure all over again.

You repeat absolutely everything we say. This is particularly hilarious when we say things like, "You're aggravating me!"

You love to play the nose game with us, and you randomly toss your nose into the washer/freezer/microwave and then ask us to get it for you. And if it's been in the microwave, you make us blow on it before we put it back on your face. After all, it's hot.

You take yourself very seriously.

Most of your expansive vocabulary is still missing initial consonants. This makes it especially cute when you sing, "Oh what fun it is to ride on a one horse open sleigh!"

You have a whole lot of personality.

You, of course, have to be the center of attention. If your dad and I dare talk to each other during dinner, you exclaim, "Mommy! Daddy! No talk! EAT!" Somehow this rule doesn't apply when we are talking to you...

You like to put your diapers on all your teddy bears and then sing them to sleep. You used to sing "Night, night teddy," but now you usually sing "Jingle Bells."

You know what you want in life.

You are strangely obsessed with reindeer and love to tell the story about the reindeer on the ice and the ice crack, crack, cracking, complete with hand gestures. And you think "Bambi" is a story about reindeer.

Daddy taught you to do a marvelous cow laugh...mooo-ah-ha-ha...

You have wonderfully chubby Epp cheeks, and you look a lot like your aunt Karen did when she was a little girl.

You have the deepest most gravelly-sounding voice I have ever heard on a little girl.

You walk into daycare as if you own the place and greet all your friends with an attitude of "Okay, the party can start now. I'm here."

Although we often have to work for it, you have a deeply infectious laugh and giggle.

You want to do everything by yourself, and when we try to do something for you, you loudly yell, "Aiya do-do!!"

You always want to read a book or two before you go to bed, and you love to tell us the story and point out all the different pictures.

I have never seen any child be so excited about (and possessive of) four helium-filled balloons.

You're such an amazing sleeper, and you often sleep in till 8 o'clock.

You know who your "peeps" are, and you love them fiercely.

You are very sensitive to others' needs. When you see other kids cry, you often hug them or pat them on the back with a concerned expression on your face. You have also given me kleenex when I have cried and a glass of water when I was coughing. You really like to see everyone being "happy."

You are a very focused, industrious girl.

If we forget to pray before dinner, you yell out as us, "Pray!" and reach for our hands.

You're so stubborn.

You LOVE to eat. And if there are chips lying around, the rest of the world somehow fades away.

You are a fiercely independent girl. And while this trait sometimes scares me and makes me wonder about the future, I know it will serve you well.

Happy birthday, little one.


Karen D. said...

I have nothing to add, except to say that that post is beautiful! She will love a list like that to look back on when she's a little (and a lot) older. You should definitely keep up the tradition!

Erika said...

you do have an amazing daughter and i feel so thankful to be a part of the 'inner' circle of your family. i look forward to many more celebrations together.

Mama B. said...

She is so wonderful. I love that she and Annika get to grow up together.

I told Annika that it was Kaiya's birthday, and she said that if she was in nursery, she'd would bake her a pretend cake. Then yesterday afternoon it was, "Kaiya no nur-see. Kaiya happy birf-day." She was all excited for her.

mariaborito said...

What a wonderful list and idea…I might have to use it:)
She is all these things and even though we are far away Kaiya's personality rings out loud and clear. You forgot to mention her amazing ability to communicate and learn the language of English. You should try teaching her Japanese. I bet it would come naturally to her.

Rose said...

I would like to add a few things. Kaiya, I love how you always say "Hi Rose" to me - it's so familiar and not too excited, just like, oh, there you are. And how you say it even just for no reason, after I've been around for a while. I love how you understand things! It's amazing. I love how you are comfortable at our house, and how much you LOVE LOVE LOVE Nate-nate. I love how you chose your own name for Nathan. I love how you are always "happy", not cute, or hungry or tired - no "Aiya appy". End of story. Kaiya, you are just so easy to love!