I had no idea when we looked at her for the first time, who Layla would become to me. I didn't know that she'd have such a compassionate heart...that she'd have her daddy's smile--you know, the kind that lights up a room...that she'd have such a sweet disposition...that she'd be so independent but so obedient...that she could speak volumes with only her eyes. I had no idea that the way her little cheeks move when she says "two" and "you" could melt my heart...I had no idea that dancing to the Wiggles CD could be so much fun and that I'd fall in love with Neil all over again each time he changed a yucky diaper. I didn't know how wonderfully vulnerable motherhood would make me...I didn't know that after two years, I'd still be questioning and evaluating my parenting EVERYDAY.
I'm blessed beyond belief.
I hope to post a video that Neil put together of her second year...hopefully tomorrow. For now, here's a picture that my dad took at her little birthday party (I wish I could take credit for the super cute picture :-) but it all goes to dad on this one).
At her request, mom and I made 36 cupcakes all decorated like Princess Lillifee's cupcakes. You can tell from the picture that she was totally focused on her cupcakes. I still have pink food coloring in my finger nails. Its the second year mom and I have enjoyed time together making sure Layla's cake is SUPER special. I love seeing the finished product as much as I love spending that time with my mom. She's superwoman when it comes to decorating cakes for sure!