Wednesday, August 10, 2016

LayneeBoo Two!

 
LayneeBoo turned 2! Was it really 2 years ago since her marathon arrival into this world? Oh my heart, this girl is such a sweetheart I love her! She may not be the baby in the family anymore but my heart still feels like she is my baby, I just have 2 babies now.
Her birthday was really simple. I wanted to get her something I thought she would truly like, not just play with and discard like most things. The only staples Laynee loves are her paci and blankets. She likes stuffed animals, so I bought her a super soft bunny hoping maybe it'll become a favorite and eventually ease the loss of her paci when I muster up the courage to take it away from her. She is extremely attached to her paci..
We all grinned ear to ear as she opened Bunny. She took him out and looked at him, then just wrapped her arms around him and snuggled him under her chin. She has been carrying him around and sleeping with him. I know it's not really important to most people, but this momma wanted to get her something she would truly enjoy and I wouldn't regret spending money on. So far, he is worth the money. :)
This next year has many big changes coming her way, how many changes she has made since a year ago. I know how much she is going to grow up, saying new words, getting rid of paci, becoming more independent and hopefully getting potty trained. I guess that's why I love this in between age so much, not a baby but not far from one either. She still loves to snuggle, loves to nap, boo-boos are easy fixes and aside from a few additional messes, she is so easy to love.
I can't get enough of her crinkly nosed grins, of her big toothy smiles, of her little red curls, of her saying "Happy Birthday" in her little high voice, of her puffy, soft cheeks or of her blanket addiction where one is never enough.

The morning of Laynee's birthday, I saw this picture on my Instagram and was trying to think if Brady and Laynee have the kind of relationship we expected. He was so loving to her when she was in my belly and anxious to meet her. Later that morning, he gave Laynee a card he had made for her and little brush he'd found around the house. She loves brushing her hair. He was the only one of all the kids to make her a card or give her a gift. All of the kids have special and different relationships with each other. Everyone pretty much dotes on Laynee, Joseph is her go to for most things, they have a really special bond. I can see that Anne and Laynee are becoming bigger buddies everyday, Laynee watches what she does and plays right along. 

This was Laynee's first year helping make her birthday cake. She was a bit confused about the big bowl of cake mix on her high chair tray but liked tasting it and pouring in the liquids. Since Laynee loves jelly beans, {calls them "beans"}it seemed completely reasonable to put them on her cake. And, lets be honest, super easy, my style in cake decorating.

Happy birthday Laynee Boo, I couldn't love you anymore! We are so proud of our sweet girl. Watching you grow is one my greatest joys in life. I'm grateful for 6th babies and everyday single day you are in it. XoXo

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