Last night when Chris and I were lying in bed we were talking about how happy and excited and silly Addilyn is. How she gets so excited over all kinds of things. She does this excited little laugh and flails her arms and legs. When she's running at the park, before she gets her plate of food, when someone comes over. Then Chris said I think she's like me with that. Happy, wild and active. (He actually said ADD, not active, but let's call it active for now.) Then I thought what did she get from me? My stubborness? Great.
I've been thinking a lot about how I want to be more diligent in praying for Addilyn's character and her heart, and who she'll grow up to be. I was thinking about what traits that I'd love her to get from Chris and love her to get from me.
Chris' silliness and love for life. I love how easy it is for Chris to go with the flow. To do something last minute, to deal with change of plans and to be happy with whatever circumstances he's in. He's funny and silly and it doesn't take much to make him happy. He knows how to have fun and is so easy to be around. He knows how to live in the moment. Whatever meal he's eating is the best meal he's ever had. Whatever vacation he's on is the most fun he's ever had, and I love that about him. Addilyn is a happy baby. She of course has her moments, and has her share of crabbiness, but she's generally happy, and silly and smiles a lot.
My determination and discipline. I think this is probably one of my top qualities. If I commit to doing something I will stick with it. The marathon is the best example I have recently. I worked so hard to fit in the training and despite my knee hurting I was determined to do the best that I can and was able to finish. I hope that Addilyn learns to finish things she starts and not give up. So far she's definitely stubborn and I'll pray she can channel that into good things later on!
I know there is so much that you can pass on to your kids and a big amount of how your kids are, is a reflection of your parenting. However, I am also aware that every child is born with different dispositions and qualities. I'm am praying that we can help foster Addi's positive traits, and help channel her not so positive ones well too.