I love this picture of Gracie, even in all its blurriness.
It captures so much of her, her enthusiasm for everything, the speed with which she attacks life, even the open mouth as she takes it all in.
She's getting to be a lot of fun. She's always had a decided personality, but these days we're actually starting to understand it.
For example: the other day, I asked her if she wanted carrots with her lunch.
"Peas?" I asked.
"Nope! Just hummus and chips."
Note - hummus and chips were not on the lunch menu at all.
A few months ago, that would have translated into tears and frustration instead of her actually being able to share what she wanted.
She ended up with carrots and peas, but at least we were able to talk about why chips and hummus are better for a snack, not lunch.
She can pronounce her sister's name, or at least the nickname, now. I kind of miss the baby babble, but it is sweet to hear her holler, "Hey Joy, what you doin'?" from the other end of the house.
Yesterday I picked her up to take her upstairs for her nap, and she snuggled down into my arms and said with a contented sigh,
"I sleepin' now, Mom."
Babies are darling, but I enjoy kids so much more from age two up. These days are still as full of work and frustration as the baby days, but the rewards, for me and my personality at least, are so much greater. From answering Joy as she asks about all the different definitions for the word "mean," to listening to Grace shriek with laughter as I chase her through the house, or tell me exactly what she wants for breakfast, there's always something each day to make me laugh in delight.