Tuesday, July 31, 2012
"There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings." -Hodding Carter, Jr.
Today you are two years old. Most of the time you look more like a kid than a baby, but every once in a while, you fall asleep in my arms and I can remember the way your slight weight felt when you were a newborn. Now, you are bigger and stronger. You need me less each day and I find pride in that, although it's hard to I watch you grow and know that some day I will not have access to pulling you close at my every whim. I cried last night, as the clock ticked from Wednesday to Thursday, knowing that I was looking at you as a one year old for the last time and a two year old for the first time. I had not expected it to be so bittersweet, watching you grow your wings. Your dad pulled me close and whispered it's okays into my hair. Sometimes even when things are okay doesn't mean that they aren't something else too.
Your affection and empathy have grown tenfold. You bless people when they sneeze. I hear "you okay, mom?" through open doorways every time I drop something or stub my toe or swear. You share your food with an honest "want some?" and are learning to share your toys. You are enamored with the dogs and every so often I find you with your arms thrown around Coop or Scout or Sadie's neck. You call Cooper Duder and yesterday I heard you lean in and whisper "Oh duder" right into his ear.
You are a mover and shaker as it has been from the very beginning. Lately you've been grooving the the Toy Story Soundtrack, Katy Perry, Young the Giant, Lupe Fiasco, Fun. , and Vampire Weekend. And when you are feeling mellow we've been listening Bon Iver, The Beatles, Charlene Kaye, Adele and The Smiths.
You call milk nootch, love Iron Man,Toy Story, and Perry from Phineas and Ferb, and have learned to say a lot of things. Lately it's been a lot of pleases and thank yous and cools and awesomes, oh and I mustn't forget the GOTCHA's! You will do anything in your power to get outside even if that means letting yourself and the dogs out for a stroll! Your energy is boundless, you hate getting your hands dirty, and you are just now learning to enjoy splashing in the tub.
You still amaze me, in fact it might be more accurate to say that you continue to amaze me more as each day passes. Today you sat on the bed looking out the front window surrounded by the Roundup Gang plus a couple other Toy Story characters. I sat and listened to you for a while and then I realized you reenacting the scene from Toy Story where Buzz Year (as you so affectionately call him) falls out of the window. You keep saying "Oh no! I can't see him! Jessie, Rex, Bullseye!" while looking down into the front yard and then I heard "Don't worry, we'll find you". I looked for Buzz and sure enough he was tucked away under the blanket by your feet.
This year we had soy ice cream sandwiches for breakfast and then we rode the trolley from La Mesa to the Park and Market stop on the orange line. I took you to lunch at JWok and you had pork buns, rice, barbeque pork and french fries. Woody came with us and sat on the windowsill with a napkin in his lap, but he didn't eat. Then we went to The New Children's Museum downtown and checked out all the exhibits. You bounced on a rubber horse, blew bubbles on the roof, tried out the rock climbing wall, listened to music in a cubby made out of recyclables, and played in a house with puzzle pieces for the floor.
You weigh 25 pounds, 6 ounces and are 34 inches tall.
Your favorite foods are: pasta, rice, hot dogs, eggs, bananas, peas, hummus, cucumbers, chicken, and soy cheese.
Your favorite toys are: your bike, your Toy Story toys, puzzles, duplos, and empty cardboard boxes
Your favorite books are: Cat in the Hat, Brown Bear Brown Bear, Fox in Socks, Go Dogs Go , anything Curious George and Goodnight Gorilla.
You are funny and sweet. You love honestly, cry openly and let everyone in. The tinkle of your laughter spilling out of the windows heals me in ways I didn't know I needed fixing.You bravery astounds and frightens me. With each breath you take I love you more. You are our everything