You are turning two years old today! It’s hard to believe. You are such a joy to our family. You are my only ever first baby. It has been so fun watching your personality develop and seeing more of what you look like and who you are. You were quite a big baby and my delivery with you was very challenging! You weighed 9 lbs 13 oz and I pushed for 3 hours and 45 minutes to see your little blue face! Then they handed you to me (after a 30 second mid-wife rub!) and my world changed forever. I was so swept away by how beautiful you were. We had a rough go of it learning the nursing thing, but the first time you smiled at me melted my heart. You were 5 weeks old and I was nursing you in my room and you paused to smile at me when you looked into my eyes. You got your first tooth on your 6 month birthday. You took your first steps in February of 2013 at a Super Bowl party at John Mark and Rahel Redwine’s house. Your first word (besides NO of course) was “dog” when you saw one in the parking lot at church when you were about 13 months old.
This past year you began talking (sign language and words too) and walking and developing affections for certain people aside from me and daddy. You love to cuddle in the morning, to the point where you will fiercely protest being put down for any reason! Your favorite words have been shoes, cat, away, lights (sounds like “whites!”). You say “oooh, yeah” alot and you your word for water is “lulu.” You love to roar and one of the funniest things was when you learned to roar like a lion. That’s how me and daddy would always test to see if you were awake in the car when facing backwards. We would ask you what the lion says, and if there was no answer we knew you were out!
Your loves are Bubble Guppies, big trucks, Elmo, Curious George, cookware, Christmas lights, and any kind of show. You love to watch your short Jesus movies on our phones. You love to dance to the song “God’s Great Dance Floor” and you clap and say “yaaay!” when its over. You love to carry/roll anything to or from the garage, like firewood or empty suitcases or empty trash cans. You love to have babysitters (Stacy Johnson, Laura Thomas, Tien, Janelle on Tuesdays . . .) and are even starting to develop relationships with other kids that you call your friends like Josie Feffer and Sammy Wood and Cooper Denson (he kissed you last night at your birthday party!).
You love to eat, but your biggest challenge has been expanding your palate with new foods. You are very opinionated and particular about what you like! It has been a real challenge for your daddy and I to get vegetables into you! Our best strategy has been to give you new things when you are busy doing something you like such as riding in the stroller, watching a show, or otherwise running unconstrained around the house. Even then it usually doesn’t work.
You love to look pretty. At first you wouldn’t let me put clips in your hair but now you love it (usually) and you’ve always love looking at yourself in the mirror after we get your clothes on and your face lights up when we tell you how pretty you are. I can remember times this past year when looking at you literally took my breath away.
You are so sweet to your little sister. I remember the night I was in labor with Avery and Mrs. Tara had me lying in the bed in your room during my contractions. You were worried about me because you could tell I was hurting. There were other people around and you didn’t understand what was happening. That was little Avery coming into the world. We have watched you learn to love her and give her things she needs like toys and blankets. You will almost always stop what you are doing to kiss her head. One of my favorite moments was when you first made her laugh when we were all in your room one night getting ready for bed. You were jumping and acting crazy and she thought you were funny. That was what made you laugh the first time too, when you were almost 5 months old we were at my friend Lina’s house and her boys were jumping and playing. You thought that was sooo funny. You have always loved watching little kids jump and play. To this day one of your favorite things to do is play chase in the South Bay lobby with other kids. You will take off down the hallway too like you own the place, without a fear in the world.
I love your sensitive heart. It reminds me of myself as a child. You are bold and brave and you test us often, but we have to be careful because we can easily crush your heart with our tone and words. You often go to pieces when you get in trouble for doing something wrong…though there are times when I watch you hold on tightly to your stone face as you are being disciplined and spoken to.
I love how you fold your hands to pray before a meal and bow your head. We are watching you develop an understanding of who Jesus is. You can point to his picture in a book and I believe you understand we are talking to Him when we pray before bed. I love how you are learning to share and how you do kind things for others and love to help.
You are my only ever first baby. You will always have my heart.