You’ve been two for a month and two days, but as I’m sure you know by now your mommy tends to procrastinate sometimes. Your letter this year is late because I’m a procrastinator and because we finally took you for your two year well visit this past week.
At two years old, you weigh 24 lbs and are 34 inches tall. That’s a far cry from the 5 1/2 lb and 18 inch long baby I met for the first time a little over two years ago. Look how small you were…
So many of the things that I mentioned in your first birthday letter are still true today. You still love early mornings with mommy and play time with daddy after work. You are still a PBS kid, but Thomas the Train is probably your number one favorite. We’re actually going to a Day Out with Thomas very soon. You’ve outgrown the eating paper stage for the most part, but you still love books and that makes mommy very happy. Right now you love Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See and we recently added Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?,Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?, and Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? to the collection.
For your birthday this year, we did a Thomas the Train theme at Leapin’ Lizards Play Center. You had a blast and of course loved all the attention and presents.
You are so full of personality and while you are most certainly still your daddy’s twin physically, you seem to be the perfect mixture of our personalities. You are friendly and outgoing like daddy, but a quiet observer in large crowds like mommy. You love bookstores like mommy and sports/cars like daddy. Like both of us you already ask lots of questions… lately there’s been lots of “what” and “why.” Both of which drive me crazy in the moment, but make me so proud because I know you want to understand things. So far, we’ve been patient in explaining things and haven’t pulled the “because we said so” line. Apparently, I should’ve been counting all the new words you know, but yea I missed that memo. So, I’ll just say you speak very well and clearly. You are learning your colors, letters, and numbers. You love when we do puzzles or painting during morning learning time. I need to capture the look of determination on your face when you are trying to figure something out, and the pure joy when “I DID IT” comes out of your mouth.
The biggest change in the last few weeks has been ending our nursing relationship. By your second birthday, you were only nursing before nap time and before bed. The week after your birthday I took away nap time nursing and it was rough for both of us. The week after that I took away before bed nursing and that was even rougher, but we survived. Up next potty training…
In two years, being your mother has made me more outspoken, braver, and optimistic. You remind me to slow down and enjoy the moment. You accept me for who I am and remind me that everyone else needs to as well. You were just what I needed at this point in my life even though I didn’t know it when I found out I was pregnant. I learn from you every single day and I am so honored to be your mother.
Happy (Belated) Birthday to the only person who knows how my heart beats from the inside.