My baby turned three last week and the word tenacious was made to describe her:
readily letting go of, giving up, or separated from an object that one
holds, a position, or a principle: "a tenacious grip".
Not easily dispelled or discouraged; persisting in existence or in a course of action: "a tenacious legend".
This little girl possesses the strongest spirit. Those who know our children can attest that the others are no wallflowers and certainly have their own convictions. Miss Zelda Tiruye is in a league of her own, however, and how we all love her. Her ability to persevere in the face of discouragement will serve her well as she grows into a confident young woman. One of the most endearing aspects of Tiruye is her insistence on getting the cuddles and care that she needs. I often think she's taken it upon herself to make up for all the bonding and affection she missed out on during her months of institutional care. She has the entire family wrapped around her tiny little finger and I'm delighted that the baby of our family is so dedicated to getting rocked and held as much as possible.
Tiruye loves playing Mommy and Daddy with Tegegn. She adores her baby dolls and any real babies we come across. She thinks her older siblings are awesome. She likes to pretend to steal peoples' noses and eat them. She is completely and utterly enamored with the youngest Peep-Eye kiddo and has asked for her room to be decorated with pictures of A. She has taken to swimming lessons with great joy and fearlessness.
Tiruye, our sweet baby, you and Atticus form the perfect bookends of our family with your twinned iron wills and hearts of gold. We love you so much and our lives are better because of your presence. Thanks for being in our family, little girl!
[NB: Please note that I can't take the credit for either of the cakes pictured above. The awesome squid was made by my sister-in-law to celebrate Tiruye and her cousin's shared birthday and the ladybug cake was made by Mama Peep-Eye for her own new three-year-old. That didn't stop Tiruye from blowing out the candles on A's cake though.]