A couple of weeks ago, my big girls turned four! I can’t believe it’s been four years since I gave birth two ways in 28 minutes. (I love telling that story to new friends. I usually just say some version of that sentence really nonchalantly and watch their faces while they try to figure it out.) :)
Our firstborn, Hadley, continues to be our sweet, quirky gal. She’s quite introverted and tends to warm up to new situations quite a while after Leila has already jumped in with both feet. One of my favorite things about her is how she finds a blanket or a towel to hide under when she’s really socially overwhelmed. It’s her little coping mechanism. Last week, however, Hadley broke out of her shell and befriended two little Amish girls at a Farmer’s Market all by herself. It made my heart so happy.
When she’s with our little family, though, Hadley thrives on physical touch. She’s constantly asking Tony or me to scratch her back or lightly tickle her arms. She has a special bond with Tony and he can join her in her imaginary play world better than anybody else. She’s great at including Marlowe while she plays, too, even though Marlowe never cooperates exactly. :) Of course, I can’t go without mentioning the special bond that Hadley and Leila have. They are together for most of the day and night, and even though they have normal sibling moments, they never get tired of each other. One personality is a perfect complement to the other, a natural rhythm of which they aren't even aware.
Hadley seems to be more connected to this pregnancy than the other girls as well. She named the baby, “Baby Sally”, and asks more and more often if the baby is "out yet".
She loves to dance, and while Leila likes to imitate ballet, Hadley’s dances are more like break dancing. And, apparently, dancing is more fun when you don’t have any clothes on. I haven’t tried it, personally. :)
Happy Fourth Birthday, Haddie Lou! Our family is better because you are in it.