Your 2nd birthday has arrived and I truly can’t believe how quickly another year has gone by and how much you have grown!
Since your 1st birthday, you have learnt to walk (and run and fall); grown a full mouth of teeth and are one of the most confident, independent little people that I know. Papa and I think that you are absolutely perfect! (Except for the days when you throw a tantrum, refuse to eat or wont sleep….but we will omit those memories from this post)
You still aren’t speaking in a language that we fully understand, but there is a constant stream of sounds and singing coming out of you. Essentially, it is our “fault” for exposing you to three different languages. English with mama, Portuguese with papa & French at crèche. So, just as your walking was a bit late, I think your full conversations will take some time and this is ok, because you are pretty deft at indicating what you want and you mostly understand us. We did however laugh when we realised that your first official word was “du-du” (the French term for a pacifier/dummy) as you reached for it… From here, the rest of your vocabulary includes a few basics like “no”; “bonjour”; “au revoir”; “bye-bye”; “shoes”; “papa”; “baboon” (because he lives on her bedroom wall mural) and most recently “nonnie” (which includes the association to the iPad on which we skype her on).
From a food point of view, you are still not a fully fledged “foodie” – but preferring the “safe” route of Bolognese (because what child doesn’t love spag bol?); Papa’s rice salad; plain pasta; your Saturday morning croissant while I attempt to get our weekly shop done; scrambled eggs or an omelette; sausages & mash; fish fingers & oven chips and pretty much all fruit. And lets not forget cake & ice-cream (especially if it is cornetto cone held by either Papa or me!). All of these are kid friendly and absolute favourites. You may still resist exploring the taste portion of food, but you are 100% engaged in the preparation process, preferring to sit on the counter next to me while I chop, cook, bake etc… and at many times earning the title of “mommy’s little helper” as you eagerly dip your spoon/whisk into whatever dish I might be preparing.
“Energetic” should be your middle name. We joined a Little Gym class in Uccle for a weekly Saturday afternoon session this past year. Here, I quickly realised that trying to make you do what the rest of the class was doing was fruitless. Instead, we left you to explore the area independently, running, jumping and climbing over all the apparatus. Over time, you have (on your own accord) decided to participate in the “red mat” introductions and group activities and have found that your happy place is centre of the attention. You are an active & social little girl who thrives on exploration and independence. So I will do my best not to try to reign you in & tame you, but to rather let you blossom in the right environments!
I have now come to terms with the fact that I am unable to leave the room without you following me and no bathroom activity is without an audience. You use me as a climbing frame to get onto the couch or bed and I have learnt to do many things one handed as I carry you on my hip on the days that you need more “mommy body contact” time. One thing can be said… and that is that your hugs are the absolute best. I don’t know where you learnt it from, but when you embrace for a hug, you include a little pat on the person’s back as if to say “it’s ok; it’s alright” just before you disengage.
I am so proud to be your mama and I would never change a single thing about the last 2years (or even the 9months before that). There are days or times when my patience is put to the test… but in the famous words of my own mother: “I will ALWAYS love you… even if I sometimes don’t like you”. With that in mind, please know that my heart is so full of love for you and that I promise you that I will try to be the best mother that I can possibly be.
(and I know that Papa feels the same)
Hugs & kisses