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Entries in two years old (2)

Thursday
Jul262012

To My Son On His 2nd Birthday

 

Two years ago today I held you in my arms for the first time and I have had the best seat in the house for watching you grow every day since. You are such a special boy and I am so blessed that you came to this world through me. 

While I am excited to watch you grow, there are things about your toddler years that I never want to forget. Here are just a few: 

  • You are a happy person. I wish you could know yourself as this happy child forever, just in case life ever makes you doubt. 
  • When I say, "I love you, Miles," you say, "I yuv you, Mommy." 
  • When we are driving, one of your favorite things to say from your carseat is, "Hi Mommy. Hi Mommy. Hi Mommy!" 
  • You wake up in the morning by yelling for Mommy and Daddy and I secretly love that sound even if I do need more sleep. 
  • Every night you lay your head on my shoulder right after your story and just before I put you in bed. You always pause there for a few seconds while I tell you that I love you. When I put you in bed, you point to the floor next to the bed and demand, "Mommy, seet down!" 
  • When Mommy does "seet down," you snuggle your head on your Mickey Mouse while I rub your hair and tell you to have "big dreams, nice dreams." 
  • You think that one should count to five before jumping into the pool, not three. Maybe you need the extra two to build up your courage. 
  • You like to reach your hands around your sister when she is strapped into her swing and declare, "I hold her!" 
  • You love milk! I mean you really love milk. You march into the kitchen and demand, "I need Batman milk!!!.... Pease?" I serve your milk in a Batman thermos naturally. You also really love "bunny cackers" but they are a distant second to Batman milk. 
  • You love the Avengers, especially Caca America!  
  • Your dad taught you to pee standing up by yelling, "Ready? Aim! Fire!" 
  • You love to do yoga with Mommy and you are really good at it. You know all the poses by their animal names. You march onto the mat and declare, "I do stetching!" Meaning stretching. And you like to do it with music on.
  • When we are walking a long distance, you often turn to us and say, "I run!" Then you tuck your elbows in, swing your arms from side to side, and run! 
  • You dance! You love to dance to They Might Be Giants' childrens albums and what you call "boos music," or blues music. You dance like you are stirring a big pot. You bend your knees and move your hips and sway. I wish for you to dance with that kind of joy and abandon in perpetuity. 

 I yuv you, Miles. 

Sunday
Apr082012

To Party or Not To Party? 

 

In just a few short months Reese is going to turn two. Can you believe it? The time has just flown since her birth. Last year for her first birthday we hosted a birthday party, that was more for us than her. Brunch, party favors, cake, pinata and ballons! We celebrated that we had successfully made it through the first year as new parents and toasted to many more. 

This year I'm not quite sure what to do...if we'll do anything. I've been pinning birthday ideas and am leaning toward a little tea party. But Josh and I have also thrown out the idea of a family vacation to celebrate her 2nd birthday. Maybe Hawaii?! Warm weather, the beach, Mai Tai's. Or maybe just visiting each set of Grandparents and spending time with them. 

This all sounds fabulous! But would I be depriving Reese of a special memory of having an actual party with cake, ice cream, decorations and friends? Would I regret not having these memories for myself? No photos? I've also considered doing the family vacation and then having a very small birthday party - inviting just 2-3 of her buddies for some cake and ice cream.

Please weigh in here. What did / will you do for birthday No. 2?