Did I Mention I Love the Lily?

Did I mention how much I adore The Lily? The Lily who:

- calls her Mommy “Queen,” but her Daddy is “Prince.”
- thanks us for every meal made especially for her.
- not only gives us “big wet kisses” but also “big wet hugs.”
- wakes up in the middle of the night to go potty, and therefore has been training herself to stay dry throughout the night.
- no longer wears pull-ups, day or night! Potty trained since January 22, 2011, age 2.5 years.
- is obsessed with all things princesses, but thinks princesses save princes, instead of the other way around.
- reads herself bedtime stories and sings herself nursery rhymes.
- still loves when I sing her “our” bedtime song, “You are my sunshine” with the lyrics tailor made for her.
- thinks that when someone (a cartoon character, a person, etc.) goes away, they are “going home to their mommy and daddy.”

I love The Lily.

Lily’s 2nd Birthday

We can’t believe that Lily is already two years old. Two years ago right now, she and I were bonding in the hospital, and she was keeping the entire maternity ward floor awake with her *really loud* newborn shrieks in the middle of the night. That girl’s got lungs on her from the very beginning. Heh.

Yesterday, we had her birthday party, and Dave’s side of the family came to celebrate it, as well as one of my friends. She loves playing “hostess,” as she thinks it’s the most awesome thing in the world for people to come over and hang out with us. She was ecstatic to see the decorations.

And even more ecstatic to see the presents piling up. She kept asking, “Presents now? Presents now?” Heh. Yup, the “kid” stage has officially begun.

Our little Lily is so big now, she looks like a little girl instead of a baby. Her baby fat is almost non-existent, with the exception of those darn cheeks she inherited from me. She dressed in her birthday outfit (a onesie with the number “2″ on it, and a yellow tutu I made for her), and she strutted around proud, declaring, “ME! Lily’s birthday!” the entire day. Heh. However, when you told her, “Happy birthday, Lily!” she would respond in like to you. For example, when I said that to her, she’d say back to me, “Happy birthday, Mommy!” She loves sharing the spotlight.

She liked the part where she got to open presents, of course. We were all overwhelmed by the excitement of it all, and how many cool things she got.

She also liked the part where everyone sang her “happy birthday” and she got to blow out the candle on the cake. She thought that was awesome. Her cousin, Jaeden, got to help too.

And then, she got the willies when she actually saw the birthday cake up close (which she chose!). She thought the squiggly icing decorations were “worms,” and refused to eat any of the cake, even after we took the icing off! Silly girl.

Today was actually her official birthday. We didn’t do a whole lot special. We went to the park, for her to slide, as usual. And then we converted her crib into a toddler bed (basically, same bed, just took one of the sides off). She absolutely LOVES having the mobility to get in and out, and she stayed put when it was time for naps and bedtime. What a good little girl! She thinks it’s so awesome being able to *read* in bed!

Our little girl is so wonderful. She is beautiful, smart, loving, kind, LOUD, cheeky, almost always happy, and just an all-around most awesome little creature. So beautiful. In recent weeks, she’s also learned how to tantrum (the full-blown on-the-floor, fist-pounding, leg-stomping, yelling-at-the-top-of-her-lungs type), and says “MY ____” to basically everything, from “car” to “house” to “cat” to “Mommy” (the most popular one: “MY mommy!”). She talks a mile a minute, almost non-stop from the time she wakes up to the time we put her to bed again. She comes up with the funniest phrases and sayings, as well as actions and dances. She makes up her songs and lyrics, and sings all the time. She is just so bubbly, so wonderful in her personality, so loving. She is generous with her kisses, she asks how you are in the mornings, if you’re still tired after waking you up, if you need a nap. She’ll give you hugs so you can feel “all better now,” and she tugs her best friend, “Bubby,” her stuffed pink bunny everywhere she goes.

She is awesome.

Lily’s Phone Conversation

When did our toddler grow up to be such a lovely, lively, cheerful young lady, who can converse so well and so accurately and articulately over the phone?

*ring ring ring*
Nana: “Hello?”
Lily: “Hi, Nana!”
Nana: “Hi, sweetheart! It is so good to hear from you.”
Lily: “What doing, Nana?”
Nana: “Nana’s talking on the phone with Lily, and Nana enjoys it so much.”
Lily: “I love you, Nana!”
Nana: “I love you too, Lily. What did you do today?”
Lily: “Eat lunch, Nana! Daddy!”
Nana: “That sounds fun! You’re coming to Nana’s house tomorrow. Did you know that?”
Lily: “Nana’s house!!!”
Nana: “What will you be doing at Nana’s house?”
Lily: *pause.. thinking* “Play toys… and… eat lunch… and… nap time!”
Nana: “I’m looking forward to seeing you, Lily.”
Lily: “Nana’s house, ‘morrow! I love you, Nana! I miss you!”
Nana: “I love you too, baby!”
Lily: “BYE!!!!”

Reading Books

Our little 22-month-old baby girl just read her first book this morning, cover to cover, word for word. She went into her room, got the book, sat down in the rocking chair, got Elmo to sit next to her, and read the book to him. It’s where we usually read to her before bedtime, and she was re-enacting the experience with her Elmo doll. The book she read was “I love you, sun. I love you, moon.” It’s great. Our little reader, reading her first book, full sentences, before she’s even 2 years old. I can’t help but brag and be so proud. :)

Starting 2010 Well

Lily hit off 2010 with turning 18 months old, as I mentioned in the previous post. So far, 2010 is going great. We’re not a “New Year’s Resolutions” type of family, but this year, it was sort of forced upon us. For one, we were looking to get into a new house after the (what seems like) spontaneous sale of our current home. After a roller coaster ride with the first offer and having it fall through within 48 hours of making an offer and having it accepted, we were discouraged, freaked out, stressed, and tired from the whole house hunting scene. So, when we found this house, we were over ecstatic, and we didn’t want to jinx it. After an excruciatingly long week of having an offer accepted and then waiting for all the “conditions” to fall into place before the closing date (today), we finally, finally can say that we are officially home owners! Of this beautiful, brand new house:

It’s a 3-story split-level home. The first two stories belong to us (3 bedrooms), and the 3rd story is actually a basement suite, to be rented out. We also have a coach home above the garage, also to be rented out. It is a great thing to be able to have income every month to help us pay for the mortgage. Besides that, as we grow as a family, we’ll be able to reclaim the basement suite again and make it our own. It will be sweet!!

Of course, Lily’s favorite part of the house is by far the stairs. She wants to climb up and down it every time we go and visit and have another look. That’s all she wants to do. Stairs is the big thing in her life right now.

In other news, seeing that Lily is now 18 months old, we decided to mark this awesome time in her life with a hand print in plaster. She loved being part of the mixing, and she was so good at paying close attention and following directions. She only put her hand in the plaster when I asked her to, and then she was so excited about what she did, she couldn’t stop talking about it (or rather, pointing to it over and over again, saying, “Hand! Lily hand!”). Then she had to drag Daddy into the kitchen to show him what we just did as well.