My Favorite Thing About Kiera

If I’m completely honest, I’ve been postponing this blog and picking my ONE favorite thing about Kiera. I was telling myself it was because we were on vacation, and I just didn’t have the time to write, but the reality is I have no idea how to pick just one thing! If you had to pick one favorite thing about your children, what would it be? Share in the comments.

If you’re confused as to what I’m talking about and why I feel like I have to choose just one thing . . . I started a tradition when Landon turned 4 that I would share my _____ favorite things about them each year on their birthday. The number “favorite things” directly correlates to how old they are turning. Brilliant, right? So basically, I did this to myself. I was feeling guilty that I didn’t blog about the kids enough, so I thought I’d at least do a round-up once a year. So with Landon I started at 4 (because that’s when I came up with the idea), but I didn’t even do one for Liam until he turned two, probably because picking two things is still easier than one!

So here we go . . .  my favorite thing about Kiera (if I have to pick just one) is that she is a GIRL. Yes, I said it. I love having a girl! This is more surprising to me than anyone else. We were definitely not expecting a girl (You can read about my birth story to hear my reaction when she was born.), and I honestly didn’t know if I even would like having a girl, mostly because I only knew what it was like to have boys (and I LOVE having BOYS).

one week old

What’s different about having a girl? (I get asked that all the time.) Not a whole lot really – in my opinion. The only thing I’ve been able to come up with is that I think there is a little bit of a different connection simply because she and I are both girls.

7 months old

I also think it’s because having a girl makes things feel a little more new and interesting. I’ve always liked changing things up and she has definitely done that.

one year old

I have no idea if this has anything to do with being female (although I’d like to think it does) – from the moment Kiera arrived, she’s seemed very mature, almost like she wanted to talk to us. My mother-in-law  even joked about it – “I think she’s trying to say something.” Even now, Kiera laughs about things that I feel like she shouldn’t understand. Maybe it’s because she’s the 3rd child, I don’t know, but she brings a smile to my face every hour of every day that I’m with her.

I can’t wait to see what the future brings and what I get to add to this list each year.

Below are the Instagram posts from this past year marking her milestones with Mushy Moments cards (Selfishly, I thought it would be nice to have them all in one place). Oh, how I wish I’d had these cards (and even Instagram) with the boys.

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