You are turning into a little girl before my eyes and I cannot believe it. I cannot believe how big you are, how smart you are and how beautiful you are.
Over the last couple of weeks, we have been showing you how to hold up two fingers and answer the question, “How old are you?”. You have been saying “two” down, the hand thing is possible, but takes a little time. Since we have done such a good job of getting you to blow your nose, you are confused when I ask you to “blow” (like blowing out a candle or blowing bubbles). Back to the drawing board on that one…
You had your second Christmas and this year you were very willing to pose for the Christmas pictures. We got to go to Washington, D.C. to see the National Christmas tree (although Santa wasn’t there when we went) and you got to try your very first hot chocolate. You didn’t drink it, of course, but it was worth a shot.
Your favorite thing to play with is still the flash cards, but books are not as interesting as they used to be. The flashcards made a comeback when I gave you a photo flip book of all the animals I’ve been taking pictures of all these years. You now are matching the photos I took to the animals in the flip cards. You are also a HUGE fan of coloring. You are usually good at staying on the paper and you can proudly draw a circle (which looks like a circle) and of all the people in your life (which also looks like circles and scribbles). You can tell who you like best – people/things you like a lot get BIG scribbles, while those you just like, get little scribbles.
You sometimes help Daddy make beer, but this month you helped Mommy and Daddy make wine. I don’t know where this falls on the appropriate scale, but you didn’t drink any of it, and I am certain this is not the last of the alcoholic beverages you will help make, so I am going to call it a learning experience.
Christmas was SO much fun this year. You put out cookies for Santa (and tried to take a little sample of one of the cookies), you took a picture WITH Santa (Mommy’s Christmas wish) and you loved opening your toys. We let you open whichever one you wanted first – meaning the big one was first. Lesson learned for next year… if the “good one” is first, you won’t want to open the others… now I know. Your favorite toys from Christmas are your play kitchen, a Bean-sized table and chairs and a HUGE teddy bear you named “Charles the Bear” and a small monkey with long arms you named “Boy”. You have been feeding them, taking them to bed with you, sitting them in the extra chair and being a very good “mommy”. You even put a bib on “Charles the Bear” and make him wash his hands in your toy kitchen sink. You’ve been pretending before, but this new level is SO very adorable.
We are now getting ready for your birthday party. This is the first of your two parties this year and my sister would be laughing if she knew that you were having 16 adults and 3 kids at your party – and this is only the first. The second has 7 of your friends (all around 2 years old) and their parents. I guess I now understand why my sister throws such huge parties for your cousins. I couldn’t be more proud of you. I hope you know how much your Daddy and I love you.