|Our first family photo.|
|A thinker from day one...|
I have been meaning to start this all week. I have so much to say, but I don't know where to start. Before I get into all the fun things Myra can do, milestones and such, I want to explain who she is. I feel like I have actually gotten to know Myra as a person this last year. She's always been a person and I've always treated her as such, but this last year she's been so much more capable of showing me who she is. Myra is perceptive, always paying attention, gears always moving. It may come off as shy, and shy is fine, but she's an observer and takes her time to figure people out before jumping in. This is one thing we have always noticed, others have, too. She is thoughtful, remembering things about others and wanting to do things that will make people smile. Just in the last two weeks, a friend's husband passed away and I explained it to Myra. She told me, "but I can make her a card and that will make her smile!" So we did. She's great with feelings and doesn't hesitate to point out to me, "Mom, you're frustrated!" which usually quickly turns into "and now you're happy!"
|Selfie with Myra on her last night as a two year old.|
Her days are spent trying to make Niko smile, helping him, and asking me to help her understand him (can Niko have popcorn? Niko is crying because he is sad, but I can make him feel better?). She loves to go places, visit people we know, do jobs (putting books away, filling up her water cup, turn her sound machine off and on...all "Myra's jobs). I keep getting distracted because I don't know how to put Myra the person into words. She's awesome. Butting heads is rare, reasoning almost always works. She thrives in structure, routine, knowing what to expect. Since life is...life, those things don't always happen, and she adjusts well. Our hard days typically fall when I'm having a hard day (lots of work at home, lack of sleep, stressing about needing to get somewhere at a certain time, etc.). Or, if I don't allow enough time for her to realistically try to do something herself (put on shoes, climb into car seat).
|Celebrating birthdays with her Great-Great-Aunt Angie|
|I was in the kitchen. Myra put on boots and brought the milk jug out to the recycling.|
She can consistently count to 10, mostly get to 20, knows all her uppercase and lowercase letters and most of the sounds they make, too. Myra knows her colors, shapes, and how to spell a handful of words (most often Myra and Niko). She's starting to get the hang of writing, it's apparent her strokes are intentional and she can consistently write "10" and check marks. Her speech and vocabulary are outstanding. More often than not, she will catch herself, or snap out of it quickly when we catch her, starting to flip out saying "NOOO I want to do it!" and change that to "no, thanks mommy, I'd like to do it." We're not trying to turn her into a little robot, but being kind (=not being a spaz) goes a long way in the real world...and with her parents.
|"Mommy, will you wrap me up right here on your belly?"|
|Baby still goes everywhere with us, but usually stays in the car to "keep her safe."|
Myra is still happily rear facing in her car seat and will stay that way until she outgrows it or if it consistently becomes a big battle. We are both hoping to get another year out of it before turning her forwards. Still napping, not really any complaints there (certainly none from me! we're on house arrest for Niko's naps anyway).
I don't know you guys, I feel like I'm not doing this incredible person justice, but this will have to do. Myra, if you read this some day, and I hope you do, please know we love you more than we could ever explain and are thoroughly enjoying being your parents. We can't wait to see what comes next. Thanks for going easy on us most of the time.
Myra's Birth Story.
Myra at One.
Myra at Two.