Oh Kenley. How I can't believe it's been three years since you completed our family, and yet, how has it only been three years, it feels like you've been part of our lives for so much longer.
You are a spitfire and you keep us on our toes. You two girls could not be more different, but thankfully you couldn't love each other more. You are fiercely independent and sometimes we feel you were sent to us to make sure we understood other parents with 'strong-willed' children and that we weren't going to breeze through this parenting gig. Despite your ability to still throw an epic tantrum, you have grown and accomplished so much in this past year.
You started with a ditching your crib in lieu of a big girl bed, then quit the paci habit shortly after. After that we tackled potty training which I was so glad to be through by swim season, even if we then visited every public bathroom possible. For the second half of the year, you started pre-school, gymnastics (non-parent child classes), and most recently dance.
Your favorite book is Twelve Dancing Princesses and can name at least eight of the princesses, even if you do call Clover, Alice. I also like to read Uni the Unicorn afterwards every night and recently have fallen into my trap to get you to enjoy the story of the Nutcracker. I may be preparing you for your first trip to the ballet by getting you familiar with the story and some youtube videos so you'll stay in your seat at the performance. You do fancy yourself a ballerina, which you were one for Halloween.
We have been working hard with getting you to control your emotions and use your words when faced with a problem, which at 2 years old, can be tough, but you have gotten a lot better at calming yourself and will even tell us when it's time to take deep breaths or that you just need a hug.
But being strong willed isn't your only leading characteristic, you are a clown. You can be so silly and regularly have us in stitches. You love a knock knock joke, and tell us the same one with potty humor daily. 'Knock knock' 'Who's there?' 'Baxter' 'Baxter Who?' 'Baxter go potty!'... and it cracks you up harder than any one else!
Our favorite on running gag is that you refuse to accept Drew as your middle name and insist yours, too, is Hazel, like your sister.
Me: "Hey there Kenley Drew!"
Kenley: "No!! I'm NOT Kenley Drew! I'm Kenley Hazel!"
Me: "No, Ashlynn is Ashlynn Hazel, you're Kenley Drew"
Kenley: " No, she Ashlynn Drew, I'm Kenley Hazel!!!"
This has been going on for a solid 8 months, possibly longer.
You are incredibly athletic and live by the motto of the one and only Ricky Bobby, "If you ain't first, you're last". Even while walking the dog or getting to the car, you HAVE to be first, or watch out. You LOVE tv, you continued through your Daniel Tiger phase for months, before switching to our nemesis Special Agent OSO, and now are hooked on StoryBots and any Mickey Mouse Christmas movies netflix can offer. You're favorite activites are coloring, playdoh, and playing in your kitchen making me pancakes and various soups.
You love to cuddle and find your way to our bed pretty much nightly. You love the dogs, especially Baxter, even if he is 'grumpy'. We are so excited to see you grow this year and your personality is going to shine through everything you do.
Happy Birthday, Little Biscuit!