Baby Kui turns two, today.
This little girl who is full of spunk and is confident and knows what she wants and doesn’t want to be left out of anything just because we insist on the word “baby” preceding her name.
There are so many little things unique to her and that make her adorably witty, but here are 24 ways she melts our hearts, for the 24 months that she has been in our lives.
1. Her cute, little hugs. I think it’s a baby thing. Their hands are so small and squishy and I love the way they go really tight around the neck.
2. The way she says, “I missed you!” OMG! It blows me away. She first said this to her dad and he told me how good it felt and then the other day she said it to me!
3. When she twirls because she feels her outfit is poppin’. She will walk into the room dramatically and then twirl, waiting to be complimented.
4. Her version of Mary Had a Little Lamb is out of this world adorable! I think it’s her favourite song and she will hum it when doing something or sing it out loud at the drop of a hat. She sings, “Mary had a tutue, tutue, tutue…” 😀
5. The way she narrates stories. Anyone that has visited us has heard her version of events in reference to a monkey that terrorized us for a couple of weeks. Her dad is the hero of the story and she will embellish it with every telling.
6. She does this thing where she points and instructs you to do something. Her dad will say that he’s going to the kitchen to make a cup of green tea and she’ll stop him mid sentence, stick out her index finger and say, “you make me tea, OK?”
7. Also, the way she asks for her food. “I want dinner.” Then she will go ahead and describe what she wants, “I want Ugali and fish and spuma.”
8. The way she animatedly operates a remote, believing that she’s playing a video game when we’re actually just watching a YouTube walk through. Kamau cheers her on and she gets really excited and wants to show everyone that she’s winning.
9. The way she defends Kamau. It doesn’t matter if he is in trouble because he wasn’t being nice to her. The moment you want to punish him she will point at you (that index finger of hers) and demand that you leave him be.
10. She has recently started reading out loud. She will pick a book and imitate Kamau as he practices his reading. Bedtime stories are also somewhat of a shouting match between she and I.
11. She is also now adding her own little prayers during our bedtime prayers. “I pray for daddy, Amau, and Lisa…”
12. When it’s her turn to count during hide and seek and she adds a jumbled, “ready or not here I come!” Also, the way she can’t stay quiet in her hiding spot. She just can’t stop giggling!
13. Her version of skipping! She moves the rope up and down and will count to ten. She can’t jump so that simple motion of the rope and the counting equates to her being able to skip.
14. The way she dramatically says, “I’m tired!” She even sighs for effect. She will say this after I have been killing myself pushing her on her tricycle. She’s the one who’s tired even though all she did was sit and get pushed around.
15. The way she runs everywhere with her little butt moving in a circular motion and the loud pitter-patter of her feet. It’s as if she has decided that if she’s going to do this thing called life, she’s going to do as much as she can.
16. The fact that you can send her and she will understand what you asked her to do and follow instructions. It’s really mind blowing at her age. The other day I realized we were out of salt and asked her to get some from her Mama’s house and she said, “OK!” took off running and returned with salt! It’s also super cute the way she delivers her messages. This morning she was asked to pick the dirty laundry from our room. “Mommy, Ambui wants dirty clothes for washin.”
17. The way she announces her arrival. “I here!” Like her walking into the room is worth celebrating every time! It’s usually preceded by a door banging on something because she will throw the door open just before her announcement.
18. When she laughs at videos of babies and animals.
19. The way she talks to her imaginary friends and gives them instructions to dress in outfits she picks out for them.
20. Speaking of talking, Baby Kui will talk from the moment she wakes up in the morning to the moment we tuck her in bed. She will talk about the birds that peck on the window by the staircase. She will talk about the sun and how hot it is. She will talk about Kamau and Lisa getting back home from school. She will talk about having homework just like Kamau. She will talk about what she’s having for dinner. I love it! We have conversations all day long. It’s like having a little best friend that is happy to be in your company and doesn’t get tired of telling you stuff.
21. The way she can’t resist a good beat and just wants to dance to all the songs on the radio. She sometimes asks us to stand up and dance with her. Also, she will belt out the few words that she can make out in the cutest off key notes!
22. The way she gets excited when she poops in the toilet. We’re going through potty training and every time we make it to the toilet, she will run back to her dad hands in the air and shout, “I pooped toilet! A big one!”
23. When she runs to the car when we get home. She mostly does it cos she’s hoping you brought her “chew mum,” but the look on her face as she runs to meet us is everything.
24. I think the sweetest thing about her right now, is just the fact that she is learning to talk and she learns a new word every day and is constructing longer sentences with each passing day. I love it when I tell her to do something and she says, “OK, let me sit a little then I go.” Just the fact that she can talk makes my heart swell with so much emotion every time she tells me something.
Here’s something else about her we find super interesting: she hides stuff. She will pick something when she thinks you aren’t looking and will hide it. If you happen not to have seen her pick something, then you’re in for some trouble because she is REALLY good at hiding things! This always happens with my spectacles. The more interesting thing is that, if you ask her where the item you’re searching for is, she remembers exactly where she hid it. It’s unbelievable. It could be the cover of my perfume bottle and she will run to a random room and then bring it back. You just need to hope that you ask about the item you’re searching within a reasonable amount of time from the moment she hid it because if not she will tell you, “I non know!” and shrug her shoulders.
Happy birthday to our sweet, little girl. You have brought such joy into each of our lives. We love you!