You’re two years old – wow what a year! You’ve grown into a boisterous happy toddler which makes us so proud although my heart pangs for the tiny baby we’re leaving behind. I know I can’t keep you little forever, but could you slow down just a little bit?
So where to start? You took your first wobbly steps, then walked proudly and now charge everywhere at one hundred miles an hour with daddy and I hot on your heels. Our reflexes are sharper than ever as we try to catch your falls. Bumps and tumbles have become part of everyday life in your eternal quest to figure out what EVERYTHING in the world is, what it does and who it belongs to.
We watched you start to make sense of your place in the world as you developed an understanding of family and the important people in your life. It’s been so lovely to watch you establish and develop these amazing relationships with people who aren’t mummy and daddy.
You love music and love to dance. You lead the floor in our kitchen discos and are always bobbing about to the radio or nursery rhymes (which you’ve learned to play all by yourself on YouTube on mummy’s phone!) You definitely get your dancing shoes from both mummy and daddy who, in another life, used to dance all night whenever they could.
It was a big year of firsts all round. Our first family holiday to Ibiza and your first time on an aeroplane (which you’ve not stopped talking about since and sometimes get cranky when we’re going to nursery in our car rather than fly in the sky). There was our first camping trip which you celebrated by falling into a muddy puddle within five minutes of us arriving and your first nativity where you sung your little heart out…. The list goes on. You always take everything in your stride. I love how curious you are. As long as you have mummy and daddy by your side you seem fearless and ready to take anything on. I hope that never leaves you darling girl (although you’ll probably want to ditch your old mum and dad at some point).
Your appetite for reading grew and grew. This makes me so happy. I was a book worm as a child and hope that I’ve passed that on to you. You’ve already got your favourites which we read all the time (Room on the Broom!) and you love it when we buy new books for you to lose your little head in. Sometimes now you even read to us, clever girl.
It’s not always been easy. Finally, when you were around 15 months old we had a breakthrough and you started “sleeping through.” We’ve been so tired and tried not to let that spill over and affect our time with you but just sometimes we might have been a bit grumpy with each other. We were never cross at you gorgeous girl. One day you’ll understand that grown ups don’t want to get up at 2:30am and sing twinkle twinkle little star for four hours on repeat.
You’ve certainly found your voice. You’ve learned the names of animals, food, shapes and colours and been so proud of yourself when you use them correctly. You talk to us in complete gobbledegook, so sure of yourself. We e know that you know what you are talking about and love to play along with your conversations.
You’ve also learned to vocalise when you are not happy. It’s not my favourite thing hearing you say “Noooo” to everything even though sometimes you mean yes. This can be very confusing for us darling. You get frustrated when you can’t tell us what you are thinking or feeling. But that will come.
Some people talk about the ‘terrible twos.’ You’ve certainly had your moments where we’ve had to walk away and leave you to shout and kick. We were always just a moment away ready to wipe your eyes, blow that little snotty nose and enjoy the post melt down cuddles once your frustrations have subsided.
These bad times are fleeting. We prefer to talk about the ‘terrific twos’ . No matter what you are always our happy, cheeky, clever, beautiful little girl. You bring us so much joy and we can’t wait to see what your next year brings us.
Adventures await – let’s go get them little lady!
Lots of love
Mummy and Daddy xxxx