I need not have worried.
Cause once you crossed that 'language is holding me back' hurdle, there was no turning back. I even kinda remember the day it happened. I had taken you to the restroom at church (halfway through the message of course) and while you were in the stall you started jibbering at me in Mandarin. And you went on and on and when you finally stopped there was a pause as if you expected me to answer. So I roll in with, "You know sweetie, Mommy doesn't understand you when you speak in Chinese."
(giggle) "Oh yeah." (giggle) "I forgot..." (giggle, giggle, giggle)
And from then on you rolled in English. It was amazing.
YOU are amazing!
One thing that is absolutely precious about you is that while you are a spicy lil' bit with lots of pizzaz, you still get tongue tied about being the center of attention. Your expression when we brought out the cake and all sang to you mirrored the one you gave last year on this day when you received your first ever birthday present...almost as if you couldn't believe so much of a fuss was being made over you.
Believe it or not little one (note that I didn't call you baby girl, now that you are five I have to give up the baby part, but you still are the littlest around here) the fuss and fanfare was all for you. We stopped what we were doing to focus on you because we all adore you. You came into this family and filled a spot we hadn't realized was empty until your fullness showed us just how much vitality we had been lacking.
|it was a Frozen birthday with you receiving an Elsa dress from us, an Elsa doll from Grandma S, and Elsa shoes from Grandma M. your little Frozen heart was thrilled!|
With all that I am, I love you!