Spunk

When my husband and I learned that we were going to be having our second daughter, we decided that we wanted to give her a name with spunk.  She was going to need it to keep from being over-whelmed by her spirited big sister.  Well, we needn’t have worried because Piper has more spunk than we could have ever imagined.

Let me tell you a little bit out my Piper.  Piper has always been very self-aware.  When she was just 18 months old she would tell me when she was ready for bed.  She knows what she likes and what she doesn’t, and other opinions are not necessary.   She has never suffered from indecision or regret.  And she never tries to impress others; she just is who she is.

Piper can be very stubborn and out-right defiant, which can make parenting her infuriating.  And in the past she has had a tendency to lash out hitting and kicking, but she is getting better.  She is the queen of sarcasm and insult, though.  Woe to those who get on her bad side.

Despite her harshness at times, she also has a tender and vulnerable side.  When something does scare her, her eyes will well up and her lips will tremble.  While she has not given us kisses since she turned two, she lavishes kisses on her baby sisters…at least until they aren’t babies anymore.  She loves to snuggle as her favorite form of physical affection.  She is obsessed with stuffed animals and robotic animals; she just can’t get enough.

Piper loves to draw, especially things in nature like birds and butterflies.  At this point she is a year ahead of grade level in math.  She is a natural-born comedienne with perfect wit, timing, and facial expressions.  When she is “on”, she keeps us all in stitches.

I would say that she is just in the middle on the introvert/extrovert scale.  She really enjoys playing with her friends, but she is also very content playing by herself.  There are times when she wants to participate in group activities, and at other times she “just wants to be free”.

When she was born, we wondered what kind of person she would turn out to be.  She is greater than we could have ever imagined.

So, today I want to wish her a very Happy Birthday as she celebrates six years of excellence!

 

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