To my dearest two-year old,
Despite what you would think from the picture, we've been happy to be celebrating your 2nd birthday this past week. (I think you were just embarrassed that daddy and I were singing to you. You also had a good shiner on your cheek from bashing into the crib railing.) I can't believe how quickly two years has gone by, yet, I can't recall what life was like without your vibrant energy. I recall those final days of being pregnant, and reflect on those early, quiet moments with you at the hospital. I remember how special those first days at home were. And as I look in on you every night before bed, I am overcome with gratitude that we have been able to share all of those memories, and create new ones each day.
The first year of your life, I wrote monthly letters for your baby book, and in each one captured the answers to a series of questions. For memory sake, I would like to record answers to those same questions as you turn two.
Size: You're a skinny mini, and are wearing mostly 18 month bottoms (some 24 month), 24 month or 2T tops and only 2T PJs. Funny enough we haven't updated your emergency clothes at school for awhile an earlier this week you got sent home in a pair of 6-9 month pants that fit you perfectly in the waist, but were more like capri pants. We just moved to size 5 diapers this week. You are just about ready to move into size 7 shoes, probably only another week or so is left in your size 6s.
Nicknames: Munch, A.B.
Temperament: You are still such a happy boy, and you can be such a little ham. You certainly have your moments of expressing yourself and have certainly had some naughty moments, but you truly are a joy most of the time.
Things I Could Do Without: The days where everything sets you off into tears, and we aren't sure what the cause of your distress could be.
Things I'm Loving Most Right Now: Watching you play, develop, get excited. Really all of it is so much fun. I'm really enjoying watching your vocabulary grow as you learn new words. This past week you learned "dark" and each night request the "dark" as we get ready for bed.
Item/Toy We Love the Most: We love watching you run around with a mini toy golf club and golf ball. You try so hard to line up your hit, and only half of the time find contact. I also can't wait for you to start playing more with your toys in general. You have started to express interest in your Little People Zoo and have figured out how to get the animals to make sounds. It is so cool just watching you play and discover.
Item/Toy You Love The Most: You LOVE books. Some of your favorites are ABCs by Dr. Seuss, If I Built a Car, Little Blue Truck, Over in the Ocean and a book called Cuddle. You also just got a basketball hoop for your birthday and you are SO EXCITED to play with it all the time. Another classic are your rubbery building blocks. You like stacking and knocking down block towers endlessly. Your A&A blankets are still a favorite too.
Sounds/Words: You are at about 35 words right now, well on our way to the 75 word goal we have set in therapy. You have also started to string 2 words together, and I hear you repeat after us things like "There it is."
Foods you like: EVERYTHING. You really enjoy any type of pasta dish. Bananas are frequently requested, as are graham crackers. Like any kid you will eat your share of chicken nuggets too. Overall you are a healthy eater and often eat as much as me at meal.
I can't wait to see what this upcoming year has in store. I'm so thankful you are in our life; you are such a precious boy.
All my love,