February 28, 2017

Proud Mom Moment

We had a busy day on Saturday. Well, busy for us because we lead pretty simple (some may say boring) lives. Kase had two hours of therapy (one hour of speech therapy and one hour of occupational therapy) and then we picked him up and headed to our nephew's birthday party. We were going to be a little early and since it wasn't worth driving home after his therapy, we decided to stop at McDonald's to let the kids play.

Kenley was too busy eating to play. The girl LOVES to eat! But Kase and Kyla had a ton of fun playing and climbing. We went to McDonald's probably six months ago and Kase had no interest in playing. It made both Tyler and I sad. This time, however, he loved it! He enjoyed Kyla playing with him and kept saying, "Come on, Kyla!"

There were a few other kids in the play area while we were there. At one point Kyla came over to take a bite of her lunch and seemed upset about something. I asked her what was wrong and she told me the other boys said to Kase, "Get out of our way baby." I told her it was OK and she said, "Mom, I told them that isn't nice and that he's not a baby. He's a kid."

I know that it doesn't sound like a big deal, and really it wasn't, but I told her that I was proud of her for sticking up for him. She said to me, "I will always take care of Kase."

And then my heart melted and my eyes filled with tears.

They are only 19 months apart and have always had a special connection. They still share a bedroom and I know when we soon move Kenley in with Kyla and Kase into his own room that they will both be sad. She has already mentioned that she's worried about Kase because he might be lonely without her. She is so caring and always worried about other people's feelings. I don't want her to always feel that weight on her shoulders, but I know it's just who she is.

We ended up needing to leave the birthday party early that day, before they opened presents. Tyler and I know our kids very well and at one point we looked at each other and gave the "It's time" look. Kenley didn't have a nap and although Kase had done very well in a crowded place, it was time to go. Kyla was sad that she didn't get to see her cousin open presents. Although she didn't say it, I could tell she was feeling like it just wasn't fair. I asked my brother in law if he would take a video of the presents being opened for Kyla. She was still sad, but she handled it so well.

We got home that night and after we put Kase and Kenley to bed, we let Kyla stay up. Tyler and I both laid in our bed with her and watched Trolls and then she slept in there with me. She was pretty excited about that! :)

I'm just so incredibly proud of the sweet girl she has become.

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