My baby girl is 2. She turned 2 on Sunday. As usual, I am behind. But, better late than never!
We didn't do anything big for her birthday. It was just me and Jeremy and Lynnaea. We went to church in the morning. We took a nap right afterward. And then we let her open presents and decorate her own cupcakes. She loved that. Especially after Jeremy showed her that the stuff squirting out of the frosting cans was not only edible, but loaded with sugar.
She was one happy little girl. And she totally blew out the candles before I could get a picture of her doing it. She already knows what to do with candles! So I mostly just want to post pictures of her birthday. But I also want to say a couple things about my precious girl.
She is so tender-hearted. And she is already a nurturer. When she thinks Jeremy or I are upset or not feeling well (like when Jeremy has his eyes closed and looks like he's sleeping during church), she will come over to us and lay her head on us somewhere and rub our back. She did it to me the other day when I was in serious pain from pulling a muscle and started crying because I felt like a terrible mother to her at that moment. She did it to Jeremy this past Sunday at church. He told me afterward -- asked if I'd seen how she'd gone over and snuggled him. I had. I know it made him all gooey inside to have her go over and "nurture" him. She will give kisses to any and all "owies." Including her own ;).
She loves to help. Whether it's to help Jeremy make bread (and maybe this is because she likes to dig her fingers into the bread dough and eat it?) or to run to the potty and lift the lid every time I say "Mommy needs to go pee pee" (which, let's face it folks, is around 10 to 15 times a day these days) or to help turn on the dryer or washer or hand me clothes to fold... Or getting my glasses and phone off my night-stand every morning (obviously she has learned my routine ;)). And, most recently, to help unfasten her diapers (!)... She just wants to help. It has been such a joy to watch her grow and learn and be able to help. And she is always so excited when she does. I love her.
She is so smart. I know that sounds so braggy. I'm not saying she's a genius. But I think she is smart. She can count to 12 now and say most of her alphabet (sometimes she needs a little help). She can identify a lot of her letters. And her vocabulary is growing so fast! I can't even list all the words she knows -- and she'll probably know more tomorrow! She is quite observant. Today, as we were out running errands, she kept asking about airplanes. When the weather is nice here, as it was today, we often hear airplanes more. Well, I kept telling her I didn't know if there were any airplanes in the sky at that moment (at least where we are). But then, she actually spotted one! And pointed it out to me! And it was quite a ways off, too.
She knows lots of animals and the sounds they make.
She still loves to have books read to her. We read every night.
And, in other news... Baby still hanging in there. Went to the doctor today, but opted out of getting checked. If I'm still pregnant on Tuesday (at 39 weeks) when I go for my next appointment, I'll go ahead and get checked just to see if there's been more progress. In the mean-time, here's my 38-week shot:
And here are my sausage feet. Seriously. They are ugly. This picture doesn't do it justice. My blood pressure is awesome, though. I think it's just the extra weight, the me constantly on my feet, and now the ridiculous heat. BLAH! They feel like ugly sausage feet as well as look it! I don't hate being pregnant, but I will be happy to get my body back soon :). (Go ahead and remind me I said that on the sleepless nights ;)). I mentioned it to the doctor today and she said it's just a normal thing at this point -- especially during the summer. So I'm not too worried. They just look ugly and feel weird.
This Owl - I'm not really sure what this is called, but it is *the coolest*. Whoever invented these things was pure genius. So, as many parents have probably learn...
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