While I do often talk about Colin AND Kailey on this blog, a lot of times my posts focus on Colin because of some of the unique challenges we face with him. However, even though some of the things we deal with Kailey are more "typical", she certainly has her "things" as well.
Kailey has become our little bossy pants of the family. She can often be found scolding Colin or running to us to tell us something he is doing (regardless of whether it's something good or bad). Unfortunately, there are a lot of times she instigates by telling him NOT to do something (even though he isn't currently doing it) and then he WILL do it simply because she told him not to. A lot of times she looks at Colin with a little Mommy look on her face and scolds him for doing something and then will turn to me and say "We don't do _______, right Mommy?". We are working on this with her because there are times when it's helpful (like when she told me he was emptying my wallet all over the couch) but a lot of times, she just takes disciplining into her own hands, even when it's not warranted. (And yikes do I see myself in her sometimes when she's doing this!)
We have noticed that she has really come out of her shell in the past 6 months or so. For a long time in public, we often used the phrase "she's shy" because she wouldn't answer questions or talk to anyone when conversation was initiated with her. However, this has been changing and now there are many times when we can't get her to stop sharing information with people as she has become quite chatty. I really, really enjoy this aspect of her personality because it makes for some fun conversations with her and it's quite interesting to hear the things that come out of her mouth sometimes. It's amazing the things she retains and then repeats back. If we do find her being shy, we just have to set up the conversation for her by saying something like, "Kailey, tell so and so what we did today..." and she'll often take over and then start chatting.
She can still be considered very dramatic though and if something doesn't go the way she likes she immediately drops her head and starts pouting. This used to ALWAYS bring about tears as well but that seems to be better as a lot of times it's just moping instead of crying. While she is doing pretty well with the "share" concept, this is certainly not great and is often the reason why the tears come when playing with Colin or other kids.
She is quite the loving little girl and it is my favorite quality about her right now. She will often come up to Chris or me to give us a hug and just to "tell us that she loves us". She knows when to use that though and if you have to scold her or you get irritated with something she is doing she will use the phrase "but I love you Mommy/Daddy". She is plentiful with her hugs and kisses but the best part is when they are unprompted out of the blue ones.
It has been really fun to see her relationship with Colin really bloom as they have become the best of friends. They have been playing really nicely together, which is often led by Kailey, however, she has been relinquishing some control and allowing him to take charge (which is also really good for him as well). She really loves her big brother and takes care of him (when she's not bossing him around). There's no doubt as to how much she loves him.
I have really been enjoying watching her grow and change and despite the drama, she brings the perfect amount of sass and spunk. She loves having an audience for everything she is doing (yesterday my friends had to watch for 4 hours every time she jumped in the pool..."hey guys! excuse me! watch me!"). She loves taking care of her babies and I can't wait to see what she's like when the new baby gets here.
We love our sweet, sassy, spunky and beautiful little Kailey!!