My two baby nieces, Elena and Krianna, celebrated their first birthdays today. Krianna’s was actually Jan. 28, and Elena’s is Feb. 13.
Elena has just started to crawl, while Krianna is walking all over. I can’t believe what perfect little people they are. And SO darling. Each time they see each other, they are more aware. Now, they are actually starting to play together. This is normally delightful, until, of course, Krianna bounces a ball off Elena’s head and she begins to wail.
When it came time for cake, we put their highchairs side by side. Mom had ordered a set of “1″ cakes. Two small ones and one big one. When they were laid out side by side… I couldn’t help but notice that it was Eleventy One! (I’m a dork.) Krianna had had a cake on her birthday and knew just what to do. She demolished it within 5 minutes. Elena was much more dainty. Or so we thought. Just when she really started to get her hands into it, someone asked how big she was. She obediently raised her hands high above her and then brought them down solidly on her head where she proceeded to smear and rub the cake into every follicle of her hair. When she was satisfied that her hair would never come clean, she decided to rub her tired eyes. Oy! I laughed so hard it hurt. She repeated the same motions at least 3 times. Meanwhile, Krianna had taken her “how old is Krianna?” finger and stuck it deep into her right ear. I am certain the frosting will permanently impair her hearing.
Of course, these are only exerpts of the constant joy these two babies bring us. And my sister Wende has a boy on the way!