My Favorite Daughter

Every morning I wake my kids and ask them, “Did you grow last night?” And then I exclaim, “I think you did!”

Kendall, almost 8, is nearly to the point of rolling his eyes, though he does indulge me with a smile every now and then.

Lowell, 2.5, chatters excitedly, “Yup! I grow, momma! Beeeg!”

Leyna, 5, is the one who thoughtfully considers it. Somedays it’s yes, somedays it’s no. Side note- she keeps confusing “human” and “grown up” so she’ll often say things like, “I did, but I’m still not a human.”  I don’t try too hard to correct this because that’s just funny.

The thing about Leyna is that while I don’t notice her physical growth as much anymore (and hopefully not for a while because I need to take a break from buying this girl clothes), I see her personality, intelligence, and wit exploding right now.


I love that I was never the mom who was overly invested in what my precious baby girl wore because that would be one hell of a fall for me right now. She dresses herself with confidence and minimal direction from us, mostly just reminders to choose weather appropriate clothing and that leotards are not the right thing to wear to preschool.


Kendall loves music. He’s a KidzBop junkie. He’s never had an issue with me singing in the car. Leyna? Yeah, no. She’s gonna let me know real quick that I’m hurting her ears and to “please be quiet.” BUT! It seems I DO have permission to sing Bieber’s “Love Yourself” as long as she’s singing louder than me.

You guys, her “My momma don’t like you, and she likes everyone” line is so full of Texas twang. I must get a video. I’ll try to post it to Instagram soon.


For show and tell day at school, she took her dear Lambie, of course, and her book of choice was an Organic Vegetable Gardening book.

I know I’ve written about this before- about how she is nothing and everything I thought a daughter would be.


We spent a lot of time together yesterday, just doing girl stuff (if you classify washing the car as “girl stuff”).

She has Kindergarten Roundup next week, and I honestly only feel joy because she is going to slay at school and I can’t wait to see what she does when she gets a little more room to fly.


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