Toes and Teeth and Everything in Between

Both a little sister and big sister- I often wonder if Kenley gets squeezed in amongst the chaos. Her personality is one of pleasing, happiness, and contentment. She doesn’t make any demands, rarely has requests, and has mastered the art of going with the flow. Typical of a middle child, so I am told.

I often worry, that because of this easy-going, happiness about her,  it’s easy to overlook her.  At dinner, for instance, I spend so much time worrying about what big sister will or won’t eat, ignoring what Kenley may like to eat for a change. For clothing, I quickly pull clothes out of Kenley’s dresser – rarely asking, “do you like this outfit?” Evenings, she reads book after book, out loud to herself, propped up with pillows on her pink and white bedspread, perfectly happy. She must walk up to me 3 or 4 times a day saying, “kissy?” with her lips puckered out waiting for a peck.
I want her to feel special. To know that she is both a little sister, a big sister, but best of all she is Kenley, and that is what makes her special- telling her she will always be my baby girl. Because, to me, she will.
Likewise, Britton will always be my first baby, while Raynes is my baby boy. All my children are special in their own way, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t wring my hands at night wondering if I did my best to make each one of them feel special every day.  I try, but I am sure I often times fall short.
That seems to be preferred feeling moms gravitate towards- guilt. Well deserved or not, we are more comfortable living under it for some inexplicable reason. I know, in my gut, that miss thang is happy, secure, and knows her family loves her. So when that little, ‘you have some many kids now, how can you possibly have enough equal time for them all to feel special’ voice creeps in, I’ll just push it away.

Okay, enough of that.

Someone has a loose tooth ’round here.  Kenley wants to loose it bad enough to allow big sister to try to pull it out for her. Loose teeth give me the heebie jeebies.

A quick, recent Kenley-ism. On the way home from school, Kenley was looking out her window and said, matter of factly, “Sleeping Beauty must get pin worms a lot because she never wears shoes.”