All day my head has been filled with adjectives that describe our Keona. Some of the first ones that came to me: strong, determined, and independent. Keona’s name means “God’s gracious gift” and that could not be more accurate.
When Keona meets someone new, I always find myself announcing that she was our “NICU baby”. She spent 13 days in the NICU after an artery in her umbilical cord collapsed near the end of my pregnancy. In those early days we were concerned if she would have developmental delays or if she would always be so much smaller than her twin sister, Amari. And the reason that I feel like her being our “NICU baby” is something worth announcing is because you would NEVER assume that this little firecracker was born prematurely at barely over 4 lbs! In the NICU, she even gave us a preview of her fiesty personality as she ripped her tubes and wires off multiple times a day.
Keona has grown into a strong-willed and independent little girl. She has very strong opinions about how things should be done and she is a bit of a neat freak. This girl does NOT like to be dirty. She loves to read and spend time outside. To mom’s dismay, she does not like to sit long enough to cuddle anymore, but is instead off discovering and playing. Keona likes to be in charge and if she doesn’t like something, she will let you know it! This girl is 2, going on 13. You will always be able to tell her apart from Amari by her signature curly hair compared to Amari’s perfectly straight hair. You will also hear us calling her a variety of nicknames, the most common being Keke, Keeks or Kona (what Amari calls her).
We knew that both girls would love being big sisters, but we never imagined that Keona would take to her new siblings the way that she has. The moment she hears a baby crying she is there in seconds to put a pacifier in their mouth, cover them up or give them kisses. Her telling her baby siblings “It’s okay angel” completely melts me. She loves to sing to them (Twinkle, twinkle little star is her specialty) and enjoys reading them books.
Witnessing this crazy girl and her sister grow into their personalities these 2 1/2 year has been an unbelievable experience. I know that they will continue to be wonderful big sisters and their bond with each other will continue to grow. We can’t wait to see the incredible people that they become over the years, and we are thrilled to be able to share them with all of you.
Lots of love,