...Her understanding of her emotions (and how to manipulate them). Madelyn is a master of her emotions and knows exactly how what she does makes you feel. If she wants to color but can't because we're about to eat dinner, for example, she'll try asking first and if that doesn't work, she'll try whining and if that doesn't work she'll try crying and if that doesn't work she'll start giggling and trying to make you laugh (she WILL make you laugh), and just when you're both laughing hysterically and you think she's forgotten about her original request, she'll look at you with her big brown eyes and perfect little smile and softly coo "I want to color" and then grin even bigger. She's good. Very good.
|Example: although it looks like we should maybe call an ambulance, this is Madelyn fake sleeping to get out of trouble. I had just told her not to crush up the styrofoam you see next to her. This was not the first or last time she tried this tactic.|
The way she says "I love you": At the most random times she'll run over, throw her arms around my neck, look at me nose-to-nose and say, "I love you Mommy" with those big brown innocent eyes staring right though me. I love you too Maddy. So very much.
I love that there are no labels right now for her; she's everything she wants to be. I hope she never feels that she has to fit some sort of idea of what she should be, or what we want her to be, because she's perfect in every way. Madelyn's had a crazy year filled with all kinds of unexpected events (some we've posted about and some we haven't) and has gotten through every one of them with an amazing attitude. We love the sweet, happy little girl she's become. Every day is better because she's here with us. Happy 2nd birthday Madelyn Claire. We love you, sweet girl.