The other day, Olivia was playing on her little baby sofa, when all of a sudden, I heard a loud bang. She had hit her mouth on the back of the sofa. I quickly picked her up to console her, and after about 30 seconds of her whimpering, she started to say, “Minnie! Minnie!” and hopped off my lap, to pick up her Minnie doll that was on the sofa.
She came back to me, and with the saddest sad face I ever did see, she pointed to Minnie’s head and said, “Head, mama. Minnie’s Head!” and she was whimpering again.
It was in that moment, I realized, Olivia wasn’t crying because she hurt herself, she was crying because Minnie had hurt herself. Olivia was sad, worried, about her Minnie hitting her head.
And as I sat there, holding Olivia holding Minnie, and rubbing and kissing Minnie’s head (we’re in the stage that mama’s kiss makes a boo boo all better), I started to cry a bit. The good kind of cry.
Every day, I grow prouder of my daughter. Every. Single. Day. And in that moment, she was upset for someone else’s pain and discomfort. Even if it was just a stuffed Minnie doll, to my daughter, Minnie is way more than that. That’s her BFF. And that makes me proud.
Olivia is starting to feel emotion, and act on it. I love it. I love how sensitive of a person she is. She gets upset when she hears other people crying, she knows and absolutely hates when other people are fighting/yelling, and she comes to rub your face or give you a kiss/hug when you need it the most.
When we’re out, or even when we’re watching a movie, and she sees people laughing, she laughs too. She says hi and bye to everyone when we’re at the grocery store, and did I mention she hugs and kisses without being asked to? It really is the best.
There are a lot of things that are my favorite about my daughter, but the way that she feels, the way that she loves, that’s my favorite.
It makes me so excited to see her soul grow, to witness her touch other lives, to watch her emotions influence other people. She has definitely already influenced at least two people- Dominic and Me. We are better people because of her. She taught us things we already knew, but taught us to do them more fiercely, which is an amazing thing. She has taught us patience, admiration, appreciation (especially of the small things), kindness, immaturity, not caring what other people think (although that one is more for me than Dominic, he already has that quality!), and many more. But most importantly:
Our girl loves with abandon. She loves, but doesn’t expect it in return. She hugs random strangers, she says “love you” to more than just family members and she always makes you smile when you’re feeling down.
The way she loves is such an inspiration to us, Dominic and I definitely hit the jackpot with this girl.
Olivia Rose, you have the most beautiful soul, and we are so proud of that.
Happy Thursday, Friends.