So, a couple of weeks ago, I wrote on Instagram that I was going to tell you a little about my two kiddos….well, first up is our first born, Katelyn….She is a ball of fire and hilarious!
Katelyn is an exact replica of me....not in the way she looks necessarily, but DEFINITELY in the way she acts!! Her mannerisms are the same, she talks the same, walks the same, she is all over the place....JUST. LIKE. ME.!!
She is our first born and has all of those first born tendencies. She is a helper and a doer. She loves to be up in the middle of everything. She goes where we go, and does what we do. She is VERY social, but not in the sense of having a ton of friends and going out on the town. More like, she likes to talk (did I NOT say she's like me?)! She will talk to the wall, and if the wall doesn't talk back, she will continue to talk to it....
She also doesn't like to be alone. She has gotten better the older she gets, but if she normally knows she is going to be alone, she will go FIND someone to hang out with!
She LOVES to be with family. Her family would be her first choice of people to hang out with. She has an affinity for babies and the elderly. If she sees an older person anywhere, she is going to just watch them, and if they are close enough, she will for sure talk to them and definitely tell them how cute they are…the babies and the grandmas and grandpas!
She is now 21 years old and is going to graduate from college in December. I feel like the time has flown by....like how can she be 21? She was our only child for 4 years and she was both of our shadows. She didn't care whether it was me or Chad, but she was going to be with one us. She soaked everything up like a sponge and started talking, walking, AND reading at a very young age. She has always been smart and made good grades, but was always concerned or distracted by the other things going on around her. She got the ADHD like her momma!!
She is a little quirky too...like last summer she spent the entire summer doing word searches. I mean she had a job, but if she wasn’t working, that’s what she was doing. She finished book after book. We went to the beach, she was doing word searches. We were home just chilling, she was doing word searches. And she's very particular about doing them. She doesn't like the letters to be too small and she doesn't circle the words...she puts a straight line through them. AND, she finds them in the order they are listed....like don't skip ahead to the last word because you saw it in the puzzle...no sir! Right now, she is on a paint by number kick. It's an app on her phone, and she can get totally consumed in it. But, like me, she has a little ADHD and these things keep her mind focused on one thing and relax her. It is literally one of the only times she is super quiet!
She is also a little OCD....don't crinkle her paper. When she was younger, and she was doing her homework, if her paper got bent or crumpled, SHE WOULD START OVER!!! Ask me if that drove me bonkers!!! The assistant principal at her high school tells me all of the time that she doesn't know what to do without Katelyn there organizing her desk and her office for her. She loves to separate and organize and stack....everywhere except for home!! Her room looks like a bomb went off in it. I think it's more about helping other people, that she likes to do it for other people.
When Katelyn was 3 weeks shy of turning 4, her little sister Emily was born. She waited so long for a little brother or sister, she was obsessed with Em!!! She rocked her, fed her, played with her, read to her, TALKED TO HER!!! She got her bottles and got her food and brought her every little thing she needed. It was like she had her own personal living baby doll. I was so lucky to have that help!
When she gets mad, she's mad. She is very protective of Em and us and will not hear of anyone saying anything ugly about any of us. Side note - this does not mean she won't fight all of us and get so totally aggravated with us, but it's one of those "I can fuss about my family but you SURE the heck can't!" But, she is also very forgiving. I have seen her give so many people another chance after having broken her trust or done her wrong in some way. And sometimes it's all fine, and sometimes it's just a repeat of what happened before. I always just tell her that it is her choice and she will live and learn what's best for her.
We all have our faults, and of course I'm skipping any talk of that because I think sometimes makes people have limiting beliefs. If I say she's not a great singer (which is merely an example), then in her mind she may think 'I can't sing'. I just don't want my kids to be stuck on what they CAN'T do, rather than what they CAN.
Katelyn is a gem. We cannot wait to see what the future holds for her. She is majoring in psychology and wherever she ends up working, those people will be lucky to have her. I know she's going to read this and I'm just going to end with keep on trucking, know that we are always supporting your ventures, and you can accomplish anything you want!
So, if you know her and see her, tell her I gave away all of her little secrets….lol! :)