Happy birthday, Bug! As cliche as it sounds, time keeps flying faster. Feels like just yesterday we were getting ready for your first birthday bash, and it is already time to celebrate you being TWO! This year is even more fun, because you are starting to understand the idea of a birthday party. You have loved opening birthday cards in the mail and you have been practicing blowing out candles. You also say “TWO” when we ask you how old you are. ;) We can’t wait to gather the people we love the most next week to celebrate our sweet miracle baby who isn’t so much a baby anymore.
Daddy and I love watching you grow. You have such a big personality. You love to be silly and make people laugh. You are so outgoing – saying “hi” and “bye” to anyone you meet. Sometimes I get a little embarrassed when you call older men and women Papa or Grandma. But I hope you never stop being friendly towards others – especially those you don’t know, and I hope you always enjoy making others smile.
You also have a big heart and care about those around you. “You, OK?” is a phrase you often say these days towards us and others – whether someone is injured, or crying, or choking – you are right there with a pat on the back, a hug, or tears of empathy. Baby girl, never stop caring about how others feel. The world needs more people with your heart. You are blessed with your daddy’s curiosity and love of learning, and I hope that never fades. I love watching your excitement for learning colors, letters, and numbers. You love naming objects and colors of objects everywhere we go. I love seeing you start to make sense of the world around you as your vocabulary grows daily and you learn more social norms. I love that you love books as much as I do. Your favorites right now are The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Little Owl Lost. But mostly, I love your little mispronounced words. Buttasy (butterfly), patapillar (caterpillar), fwong (frog), and smoovie (smoothie) are my current favorites. I hope you never lose your love of learning and reading – it will get you far.
You are my cookie-loving, purse-toting, bracelet-wearing, ball-bouncing little toddler. You love to run, jump, and spin. I think you are making up for lost time in the mobility department. You love music and dance parties – especially when Mommy and Daddy dance too. You dislike when your food or the weather is too hot. But you love food and the outdoors any other time. You still love all animals – especially your stuffed animal friends. You love being around friends and family – you are definitely a social little being, but you also like a quiet moment to decompress after being around others. You are quick to tell us “it’s fun!” when you are having a good time, but you also have strong opinions about what you like and dislike. You hate being alone. “Play!” is the probably the most said word in your vocabulary – said in conjunction with yanking our arm away from the housework we are trying to get done. Playing catch, coloring, and rocks are also some of your favs. I know this list will change over time, but I love documenting your likes/dislikes and always look forward to what the next milestone will bring.
Every day I thank God you are mine. You gave me the role I wanted more than anything else in this world – Mommy. Every year when I write this letter, I get a chance to sit down and truly think about how much that means to me (usually with lots of tears flowing as I write). I never could have imagined a girl as funny, sweet, smart, and beautiful as you. Most importantly, you push me to be a better person. The person I hope and pray that you will grow up to be. More patient, more kind, more faithful, more thoughtful, more polite, more loving, and more curious about the world around me. I continue to try and be more of those things, because I know you are watching. And because I know you deserve it. No matter what the future may bring our little family. You, my little Bug, are loved more than you can ever imagine. And I will always be so thankful that God chose me to be your Mommy. Today, we celebrate you!
We love you!
Mama and Dada