She's not RIGHT in the middle, but I'm sure she feels like it sometimes. Butterfly, my sweet, quiet, loving girl.
She's not the teenager who I worry about constantly. She's not the child with the extra needs that keeps me busy 24/7. She's not the super clingy "baby" who demands attention all the time. She's just right there in the middle, loving any extra attention she can get.
A few weeks ago I had to take her to the children's hospital for a bone scan. (More on that later) She was excited about this day. Not because of the hospital visit, but because it was just her and I for the whole day.
We talked a lot. We rarely get to do that because she's the quiet one. The one who is content to sit back and let others have my attention. But this time it was all about Butterfly.
We talked about school. We talked about her upcoming field trip. We talked about her best friends at school, what her favorite subjects were, how she likes her teacher.
After the scan was over, I told her we could go anywhere she wanted for lunch. Just her and I. She was allowed to choose anything she wanted. So what did she choose?
The hospital cafeteria.
"They have good fruit cups!" she said. She'd choose fruit over desserts any day.
We ate lunch and spent more time together. We had most of the day alone, just her and I and it was special. For BOTH of us.
We don't get many days with just the 2 of us. So that day was wonderful. I wasn't sure when we'd get to do it again, but I hoped it would be soon.
Lucky enough, a couple of weeks later we got to do it again! She had Field Day at school and wanted me to be there. Scott was home after having surgery so he was well enough to watch Ladybug for the day.
I showed up early, right before lunch time, and surprised her by bringing her lunch. She was excited to see me and happy that we could have lunch together. Another special day.
I honestly don't think I say enough about what a wonderful child my Butterfly is. She's the most caring, loving and affectionate child I know. She loves to help with everything. Especially caring for her big sister, Bee.
Giving her a big hug after a not-so-fun site change
She makes friends easily. She loves to give hugs. She used to be very shy, but in the past year she has really come out of her shell.
She loves Littlest Pet Shop toys and has a huge collection! She loves all animals, especially cats. She recently told me she wants to start her own charity finding homes for lost pets.
When she grows up, she wants to be a Veterinarian. She has a huge heart and loves anyone and anything. She's funny, she's kind, she's smart. She loves her family and she lets us know every day!
I hope she knows how much we all love her. Just because she's in the middle doesn't mean she is any less special than the rest. I do my best to let her know that every day. But I still worry sometimes that it's not enough.
So, I just wanted to make this blog post all about her. Our family already knows how wonderful she is. But I wanted you all to know too.
We love you SO MUCH Butterfly! You're a very special girl and I am so grateful every day that God gave you to us.