I always find myself being asked " what is Claire up to these days?" In reply, I often delve into informing people of her temper tantrums- intensity, where they took place, whom looked at me and how, etc. I tell them how sassy she is. Inform them of how exhausting it is that she never stops moving. I realized while in the process of answering this question yesterday- after an exhausting, long, sleep deprived few (six to be exact) days- that all I was saying could be perceived as negative attributes.
Claire is anything but that! She is an incredibly brilliant, genius of a girl. She would rather nothing more than to sit down snuggled in your lap with a book or thirty. she intently tries to figure out any and everything she can get her precious tiny hands on. She throws fits when we take things away because she has not yet conquered them, and, well, because we probably shouldn't have left them in her reach to start. She does have a very strong personality, but that is something I envy. She is highly emotional, but extreme in both ends of the spectrum. She can throw down a temper tantrum like nobodies business only to end off the day giving the best hugs, kisses, and snuggles in the world. She is so sympathetic and compassionate, rushing to aid anyone whom shows signs of distress. She treats the most minute of items as if they were the most fragile of treasure. She is a truly amazing and loving mother to her babies, kissing and hugging them followed by rocking and shushing them to sleep. She loves nothing more than spending hours upon hours outside adventuring and finds herself in severe distress when she has to return indoors. She is a fearless climber, standing on any object she can find, leaving no object out of her reach. She may put something in her mouth that doesn't belong there, but only because she loves the rise it will out of her Daddy.
All in all, I wouldn't change a thing about our sweet Claire. She makes every day worth while, filling our lives with much more joy than she could ever cause stress. I guess what it comes down to is I will have to enlist the same rules I do about our marriage- don't talk bad your spouse (and now daughter) to others. You don't hesitate to vent to friends or family when they do something obnoxious, but more rarely find yourself doting on how wonderful they are for fear of being accused of bragging. People are twice as likely to remember the negative, as well. Luckily, I have much more to brag about than complain, so here's to bragging on!
P.S. Please always feel free to brag to us about your exciting and wonderful happenings/news and kiddos! We love hearing about it, plus, we get to live vicariously through you :)
P.S.S. This sweet little picture was captured at The Cheesecake Factory during our first lunch there with Claire.