I am going to miss 2010 -- the year Kai became a kid. This was the year Kai went from signing to talking in complete paragraphs. The year she learned to ride a tricycle. The year she started daycare and absolutely LOVED being with 11 other kids - all of whom she talks about non-stop (and she also can "read" most of their names -- because Kai likes to know which things belong to which kids and so she spent a couple of days memorizing everyone's names. She cracks me up).
This was the year that Kai straddled babyhood and toddler/preschooler. It really is uncanny. She started 2010 as a baby. Last year at Timberline, she was known as the "mountain fountain" as she toddled up and down the halls with her ponytail on top of her head. This year at Timberline, Kai was playing board games and mimicking everything Leo and Soren did, including rolling in the snow and then jumping into the hot tub! And, any time Leo and Soren were doing their own thing, Kai would pepper us with the same question every couple of minutes: "Where are Leo and Soren and Amy and Dave and Leo and Soren" whenever Leo and Soren were out on the slopes. Although we thought she might like to try skiing this year, it turns out Kai is a California girl, declaring, "It's COLD. Stay inside where it's COZY" every time we headed out into the snow (unless we were getting into the hot tub -- in which case the snow didn't bother her).
At the beginning of the year, Kai spent a good chunk of each day cuddling. And, while she still loves to cuddle, now she is much more picky about the when and the where of cuddle time. She's far too busy most of the time to stop for a cuddle and, in fact, has recently started brushing away kisses or yelling, "ewww. NO. YUCKY. COFFEE in your MOUTH" (when I kiss her with coffee breath).
I am excited for 2011 -- I'm excited to experience all of her growth and development between between now and 3-and-a-half.
But, I'm going to miss 2010.