Klo turned two. T W O ! I can’t even believe we are here welcoming yet another beautiful year around the sun with our plum. What an honor it is to be her mama and yet I still ask how I got so lucky. She has such a good nature soul about her that I really wish all the world to see. There is something so good and peaceful about her that I hope never ever goes away. Our littlest flower, is what we like to call her around home. And she sure is nothing short of that.
We welcomed Klo into our arms and into this world in the very early morning hours on November twenty eight. She was soft spoken even then. Calm and content, hardly cried or even made a peep when she was delivered. I was so frightened that something was wrong. But the nurses and the doctor reassured us that she was okay, that we just had a very calm baby. And so her story began.
That night in the hospital I remember feeling I couldn’t put her down. I didn’t want her to leave my arms. There was something so magnetic about her that I couldn’t bare to separate us, even if that meant that she only lay in the bassinet next to me. So I held her close all through the night. I remember the overnight nurses would come in for rounds and they would say, “you can’t co-sleep with your baby. You must put her in the bassinet”. I’d simply open my eyes and wink back at them saying, “Oh, I’m not actually sleeping. Just resting my eyes between staring at her”. Ever since that very early morning, I knew there was something so special about her.
She has preferred to be close since day one. You can often find her cuddled up in her mama or daddy’s arms or nestling close to her sisters. She is soft spoken, yet adventurous and witty and busy. Oh golly is she ever busy! I have found that I have had way more anxiety parenting her than my older two combined in her first two years of life because of the busy that lives in her. She’s charismatic and infectious and attracts people from a distance who have kindly come out of their way to tell us, “there is something really special about her”. This is all very much a part of her story.
Klo is usually the first on the scene to tend to her sister’s quarrels to offer peace with a hug, showing them that love is the way. She’s also the first to give a gentle rub on my back during those sometimes hard and challenging moments. Again being a helpful reminder that peace is near. I often wonder how we went on without her. How we survived without the overwhelming peace and balance she has given us.
These details are just a small part of her story, one I feel honored to be witness to.
Photos of newborn, one year, and ending with a two year portrait. T W O we are ready for you!