Wow, where have the last two years gone?!
This week you celebrate your second birthday! You’re not a baby any more, but a toddler, independent in your own right, with your own thoughts, feelings and emotions and a wonderful and strong willed little personality!
I remember you watching in horror as daddy pulled the batteries out the back of Violet the Dog Toy to change them. You were so shocked and your little face a picture. It’s moments like this that make me realise how innocent you still are and how every day brings a new experience and feeling for you, you are soaking everything up like a little sponge, learning about life and the things around you as well as how to deal with the way you feel. Learning what makes you laugh and what makes you cry.
In the last 4 months alone your speech and language development has come on a storm, it is wonderful to be able to hold conversations with you, I love it when grandma calls me at work and puts you on to say hello and tell me what you have been up to. I can imagine it is so liberating for you to be able to tell me exactly what you want and on the how you feel too. With this liberation has however come a very strong mind and you are certainly learning to assert yourself! However you also have a great sense of humour and I laughed so much when you pumped the other day and turned around to grandma and said “That was you grandma!” They are right toddlers do say the funniest things! I blame that one on daddy!
It seemed a long time coming but you finally took your first steps at 17 months, watching you gain confidence on your feet has been amazing. I was so proud the first time I was able to take you to our favourite soft play and watch you take off on your own with all the other children! It’s lovely to be able to let you walk with us when out and about and watch you explore your surroundings, you run around and squeal with delight and it makes us all smile so much to watch you.
This last year has seen mummy have to go back to work and you started nursery with lots of other boys and girls. It wasn’t easy initially and you took some settling but after a short while you were soon feeling right at home and loving going to see your new friends and joining in all the fun activities. You’ve now moved up to you next “big girl room” as we call it, so there’s lots of exciting new challenges, a few new friends and faces and lots of new toys to explore! Although mummy has to to go to work and you spend your time at nursery and with grandma we certainly still made the most of our days off together doing lots of fun things, like swimming, going to the park, visiting soft play and seeing our friends, as well as having some lovely days out . Mummy is glad that I chose to go to work part time as it means I can have the best of both worlds and still get to spend lots of time with you.
We had our first family holiday away on our own in May to Centre Parcs which was great, you could run around to your hearts content and loved swimming every day!
You love music, dancing and nursery rhymes, as well as sticker books, CBeebies, your dolly and pushchair. You also love your baby cousin and of course your grandma’s and granddad’s and daddy and I love you so much too!
This year has brought so much fun and joy and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings, we already know it will be a little brother or sister for a start and I know you are going to be a fantastic big sister to them. The rest is an exciting new chapter!
Happy Birthday my beautiful little girl