So much has changed in 6 months.
It is hard to know even where to start.
Our MG has blossomed into a big girl and big sister right before our eyes.
At two and a half years, you are long and lean…weighing in at 26 pounds and lengthening out at 36 inches. You are agile and nimble (to my envy) and have energy that comes from a source I long to tap into.
Your personality has really started to become fixed. I think I am finally starting to have a grasp on who you are and a glimpse into the beautiful way God created you. Right now the three things that stand out about you most to me are: Introvert, Nurturer, & Feeler.
Your introvert-ism becomes very apparent to me when I drop you off at the nursery or childcare. You walk in confidently, but slowly, taking in everything around you. The other kids don’t seem to notice you, they are busy in their own worlds of make believe. I long to know what you do after we leave and sometimes I stick around just to watch you. I never stay long enough to see you integrate yourself and it makes me sad. But whenever I come to pick you up, you are always happy and engaged.
I’ve also noticed that you like to play independently here at home and you are quite good at it. Your happy place (at least for a while) is re-charging in your bed at nap time.
Being an introvert, however, has fit you well. Though you are quiet, you are not shy. You are not afraid to be a leader when no one else seems to be filling that role. You also have an engaging personality that you are quite willing to share with anyone who seeks you out. This will serve you very well in life.
It makes me both happy and sad that you have an introverted spirit. It makes me sad because I know that us introverts have a harder time being known by those around us. But it makes me extremely joyful too because I know introverts well and I think it makes us kindred spirits.
MG, I’ve known for a long time that you are a nurturer. You have shown concern and care over babies since you could crawl. This is a trait that I am thankful has not left you. As you have grown, it has developed into a beautiful and admirable trait that is effective and far-reaching. I pray often for you that you will one day be able to have children of your own, whether they are grown from your womb or provided to you another way. You will be a remarkable mother.
Finally, you are a passionate feeler. You feel often and deeply. You comment on the feelings of others “that dog is sad?” “the baby is crying because he misses his mommy and daddy.” “she is hurt?”. I find myself attempting to reassure you often that you do not need to be concerned about me. One of the tender moments I shared with you recently was at the chiropractor. You didn’t understand why I was laying on the strange table with the strange lady pressing into my back. I could sense your presence near me and hear your quiet breathing. I reached out and you took my hand, all the while, I’m sure your eyes were fixed on me. I looked up momentarily at you and you leaned your head into me and said, “I miss you, Mommy”. And then you planted a kiss on my lips. We share many moments like this throughout our time together. You observe and wonder and care about others’ emotions.
Sometimes your emotion wells up so deeply from within you that you do not know how to communicate it to us. This is our greatest source of friction and an area that I passionately pray for you to resolve and understand.
Your feelings are strong and deep and powerful . They can and will be used for both good and evil. I urge you to use them for good. The good they have done so far in your short life have touched many souls…the least of which being your Daddy’s and mine.
We have spent two and a half years observing you and learning about you and there is still so much we don’t know. We are so thankful that God gave us such a remarkable, sweet, tender, and passionate girl. There is nothing about you that could make us love you any more or any less than we do right now.
Continue on this gifted path with confidence and strength of that knowledge pushing you forward,