It's been a week since Izzy turned 3, and it still is so weird to say. She's a full blown kid, and an incredible one at that. I can hardly believe how smart she is, and her sense of humor gets me every day. She is the kindest kid, is creative, and has the sweetest imagination. I have loved watching her blossom and grow this past year. I'm truly honored to be her mom.
In honor of her birthday, I want to share my top memories from this past year.
1. Camping - Last august we went camping with my family, and I loved seeing how adventurous Izzy was. She's not typically super crazy, or wild, but when she is outdoors in the woods, she loves to climb on logs, collect sticks, and ride Papa's Rhino. I loved how she would ask to go "bumpity-bumpity" over and over again, and how she knew that if she wanted to go, she needed to wear her helmet.
2. Meeting Mickey Mouse - I already talked about this experience in another blog post, but to recap, seeing Izzy meet Mickey was just about the best thing I've ever witnessed. I was unsure as to how she would react, but watching her run to him when it was our turn, and hug him so tight and not let go for a solid minute and a half was pretty much the best reaction possible. Our whole first visit to Disney was a magical one, but if all we did was meet Mickey Mouse, I would've been happy, her reaction was just that good.
3. My little travel buddy - I have loved traveling with Iz. She is such a trooper, loves planes, makes friends with everyone, and just makes every trip better because she is there. We went to Denver, Utah, Disneyland (x3), and I'm so so glad Izzy was there with us!
4. Becoming a Big Sister - From the minute we explained to Izzy that she would be getting a baby, she was 100% on board. She had a good understanding as to what was going on, and loved talking to my belly, and giving it kisses any chance she got. I loved how she had randomly nicknamed him Baby Jellyfish McHardy. And then, once Cam was born her true love for being a big sister came out. She gives that little man more kisses, and singing him lullabies, holds his hands, tells him how much she loves him, plays with him, burps him, rocks him, consoles him, and makes him smile and laugh more that anyone else. I absolutely love watching Izzy and Cam's relationship blossom.
5.All her cute words, phrases, and quirks - "waterlemon" "these are the fluffiest clouds i've ever seen!" When she called the Disney Castle a temple. Mixing up 'tomato' and 'potato'. The way she gives us all a 'million kisses'. "lememmade". Her unprompted "I love you"s, and the way she can sign i love you in ASL. Hearing her count and say her colors in Spanish. They way she dances and shakes her little bum. Hearing her sing all the songs, if it's on the radio or frequents our pandora stations, you can bet she knows the words. The way she can negotiate with you about anything "but but but but... how 'bout this....". "SHOCKER". The way she will tell you exactly what to say. "That will be splendid". Her love for Pooh Bear, TinkerBell and Dory. Her love for rainbows. Her obsession with playing "I spy" and how she'll say "nope, that's not what I was thinking about" when you guess it wrong. "Quesadeeda" How she showed people she was two by using her thumb and pointer fingers. When you'd ask her "Do you know what we are gonna do?", and she'd say "YES!" and you'd say "What?" and she'd say "I don't know" with the cutest little shrug. The way she said Gatorade with a looong A sound "Gaaaaatorade". Her love for watching baseball while eating popsicles. Wrapping up random things and giving them to you as a present.
I wish I had a better way of documenting all that she says and does. This blog post seems less than sufficient. I'm missing everything. I'm afraid I will forget what she was like. How smart she was at such a young age, the sound of her voice, her little features. I'm constantly amazed by her. I wish I was a better mom for her, she deserves so much. I look forward to every day I get to spend with her, and I love her more than she will ever ever know.
Happy Birthday Izzybee, mommy loves you <3