Somebody once told me God gives us the child we need and vice versa. I have found this very true with both of my children. More and more I am convinced God gave B the little sister he needed and Jilly the big brother she needed. Let me introduce my baby girl, Jilly, aka Smoochie, aka Miss Lovies, aka Princess Pootie Poots (not sure she'll be so fond of that one when she is 16.)
As an infant, Jilly was quiet, happy, content. I know now she was scheming. Thinking up exciting adventures. Observing every nook and cranny she would explore when she finally became mobile. She was dreaming big. Fast forward to now. My almost 2 year old baby girl is still happy. She wakes up in the morning with a big smile on her face and says "Hi Mommy! Gooda Sleep!" She is constantly dancing and singing and laughing and talking and talking and talking and talking and......the girl loves to gab. All. Day. Long. And I love it. I knew we were in for some fun when her first full sentence (at 15 months) was to B. She kissed him and said, "I kiss you!" Girlfriend has been chattering ever since. She is a social butterfly. This week at church, she wanted to listen to the worship music before I took her into the nursery. When the choir was finished and took their seats, our pastor was getting ready to preach. Jilly clapped her hands and shouted, "Yay! Gooda sing Mommy!"
Jilly's personality is magnetic which is wonderful for B. She makes him giggle and encourages him, "Yay! Bubba! Gooda Job!" She always draws him into her play. They have their own sibling language and creative games. I am thankful their bond is so strong.
Because Jilly Baby is so adventurous, she has no fear. Today, she completely bypassed the baby slides and headed for the tallest tornado slide. She will jump off any surface at any height whether we are ready to catch her or not. B is always very cautious. In fact, he just mastered the tornado slide this month. Jilly challenges B to try new things and B keeps his eye on her, reminding her of her limits. "Sissy! No! That is too high! Go down the stairs!" He is very observant and protective.
B does not like to get dirty. When B was little, I couldn't understand why some kids had 'play clothes.' Why not have my boy look very nice all the time? Jilly cleared up any confusion I had about that. She explores everything to the fullest. Paint: rub in the hair, stick in the ear, taste, and then paint with all ten fingers. Sand: smell, taste, rub in the hair, put some in her shirt for later. She encourages him to mess it up a little and he helps her dust off.
B is shy. Very much like his mommy. He likes to hide behind my legs and I know the feeling. Sometimes I wish I could still hide behind my mom's legs. Jilly will has the incredible knack of making everyone smile. She's never met a stranger (which means she never leaves my sight in public.) She's fun and boisterous. B is super creative and imaginative. Together, they have a really great time. She has really helped B come out of his shell.
When I was pregnant with Jilly, before I knew I was pregnant, B put his hand on my tummy and said, "Baby Sister." I did not know he even knew what a 'sister' was. He was only about the age Jilly is now. That still gives me goosebumps when I think about it. That their bond could be that strong. God chose them perfectly for each other. They have a beautiful friendship and for that I am very thankful.
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