It boggles my mind that a year ago we were constantly fearful she would break her face while she was learning to walk.
She's now a real life little person. She dances like a boss. Loves to sing and harmonize. Rocks at using apple products and tablets. Has actual conversations using real words in place of grunts. Is an awesome little helper who loves to "clean clean!"
And she's a kick arse big sister!
It's pretty incredible to watch her with the little guy. She is so gentle and loving. She adores him, and him her. We're seeing this bond form before our eyes.
Yesterday, she blew me away and also gave a reminder that I need as a parent.
While cuddling in our bed, Bree was rubbing his belly and holding his hand. I said, "Wow! Nathan's hands are cold!"
She brought his hand to her mouth and blew on it to warm it up.
Just like her daddy does to her.
And with that one simple, sweet and thoughtful act, I realized someone really is always watching.
It's not just about modeling "gentle touches" when cuddling brother or petting kitty. It's not just about saying please or thank you so she learns. It's not just speaking kindly of others or toning down my choice of words so she won't repeat what was said.
We have this amazing, sweet, thoughtful almost two year old who is always watching.
She can watch me lose my temper when I don't get my way, or she can see what patience looks like. She can watch me
stew over perceived slights or she can learn how to forgive. She can watch me
lie because it's easier or learn to be honest.
She can learn to be kind to others. To do good deeds. To be friendly and thoughtful and empathetic. To help and serve others.
It's up to me to be a better person so she can be a better person than me.
She is always watching.