She has the biggest, most unabashed smile.
From her first weeks with us, she has worn her heart on her sleeve. If she’s proud, or curious, or annoyed, or excited, or amused, or overflowing with affection, one look at her face gives it all away. And she never holds anything back. She approaches life with abandon, fully making the most of every opportunity. – whether that opportunity is grabbing her sister’s doll, or getting into kitchen cupboards, or “freeing” Ava from the confines of her socks and hair-ties (because Isabelle can’t stand either of those things, so it must be the case that Ava doesn’t like them either, right?).
She is at once both incredibly nurturing and quite a bully. She consoles her siblings when they’re crying, has fed Ava her food (expertly spooning chili from a bowl into her sister’s mouth at only 18 months), and cleans up messes made by her and others. She also bites, pinches, pulls hair, tackles, kicks and screams the loudest of screams when she doesn’t get her way.
She is tenacious and focused. She loves books…her favorite right now is A Good Day. She is very fond of food. She still almost never sleeps through the night. She likes to be tossed into the air, and responds by saying ‘gain, ‘gain [again] over and over. She is learning her colors. She loves her siblings and several times a day goes through the list of everyone’s names, and always asks for those who aren’t in her immediate vicinity. When I fold laundry, she stands close and says who each item belongs to as it gets folded. She runs everywhere, she climbs on everything. She’s had more bruised and cut lips than all of her brothers and sisters put together, by a long shot. She loves everyone else’s shoes.
Isabelle is a joy and a challenge. I still can’t get enough of just staring into her smiling face. I’m so thankful for her and the beautiful gift she is to us. And today, as we celebrate her two years of life, we also look forward to the years she has ahead, filled with destiny and promise. Happiest of birthdays to you, precious girl.