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Friday, May 18, 2007

Turning Two

You’re turning two tomorrow and I’m struck by how much you’ve changed—not just in terms of the feats you’ve accomplished, the milestones you’ve conquered, the skills you’ve learned—but also the changes in your personality. You’ve mellowed, my dear. You’re not a baby; you’re a small person who is maturing faster than I would ever have believed.

Though you’re still rather fearless, you’re not the headstrong, unstoppable child you were a year ago. These days, when you enter a new situation, you quietly assess your surroundings before you act. I can see the gears turning as you decide how you’re going to proceed.

You’ve always liked your books, but now you’re almost as much of a bookworm as your mother. Last year you’d sit through one or two at a time, impatient to go on to the next activity. Now you constantly request books, and you’ll sit and read for an hour at a time. You have your favourites we can read six times a day or more (especially the books with bunnies). When I put you to bed, I throw in a few books and you read yourself to sleep (like your mother). When you wake up in the morning you’ll read to yourself while I sneak in a little more sleep.

You’re a lot more rational now. I can explain something to you and you’ll actually listen. Sometimes you even accept what I say. Sometimes you disagree. That’s OK too. I love your strong will.

Despite my best efforts, you’re a girly-girl. You love your shoes. The other day we bought you a shiny red trike as well as some new sandals. You insisted on wearing the sandals as we took the trike out front to practice. When your favourite neighbour came to say hello, I told you to show off your new toy—instead you held up your feet and eagerly cried, “shoes! shoes!”, proud as can be.

You don’t always have to be active anymore. Last night we held hands as we watered the garden. We sit together on park benches, companionably. You babble away and I understand little, but when you look up at me with your mischievous little grin, and happy brown eyes, I laugh, and you laugh along with me.

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23 Comments:

Blogger nomotherearth said...

Happy Birthday Cakes!! O my goodness, she looks just like you in that picture. She's adorable. And she looks so tall!

2:23 PM  
Blogger Gabriella said...

Happy Birthday Cakes!!!
What a sweet picture and a beautiful letter. She'll treasure it when she's older.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous ali said...

well...you know that books warm my heart...

how cute is cakes? i want to eat her up.

2:50 PM  
Blogger kgirl said...

yay! happy birthday cakes! you forgot to mention her awesome blonde curls ;)

3:00 PM  
Blogger ewe are here said...

Happy 2nd Birthday Ms Cakes!

And there's nothing wrong with wanting to show off your new sandals. ;-) What a cutie!

4:18 PM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

Happy birthday, little Cakes! Keep making your mama smile, honey.

They do become such interesting little people, don't they? Mine, too, has become all about the pink and purple girly stuff. How did that happen? All the gender-neutral trucks and trains and blocks and legos in the world can't forestall the eventual discovery and exploration of gender, it seems. We are in full blown obssession, over here. (And Cakes? I totally get the shoe thing!)

4:20 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Aw, look at those loose, wispy curls on her head! And it looks like she's still giving Cordy a run for largest toddler in the blog world. :)

Happy birthday Cakes! Hope you have a fabulous party!

4:51 PM  
Blogger cinnamon gurl said...

Happy Birthday Cakes!

6:05 PM  
Blogger mamaluv said...

My daughter is turning 8 - I know exactly how you feel!

11:59 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

Happy, happy birthday Cakes!!! Such a wonderful post from your wonderful mama.

8:54 AM  
Blogger Mamalooper said...

Two already....sniff....it flies by too darn fast.

Happy Birthday Cakes!

10:47 AM  
Blogger something blue said...

Such a sweet post for sweet Cakes! Happy 2nd birthday! Hope the day is filled with fun.

11:36 AM  
Blogger jen said...

happiest birthday to you both...so much love radiating from you and your love for your family. we are all blessed by that.

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Redneck Mommy said...

Here's to a rocking fun year, Cakes.

May you eat all the cake and icecream your little belly can hold.

(Try not to toss it up in the wee hours of the night, though. We mothers aren't so fond of that part of childhood.)

7:23 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Happy Birthday Pretty Girl!
You and your mommy are such pretty chickies!

10:25 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

I can hardly wait to wish her happy birthday in person!

10:45 PM  
Blogger Beck said...

Happy birthday yesterday to Cakes. The funniest thing about baby personalities is how they both do and don't serve as indicators for their future selves - my cautious, fearful first baby is now a self-assured brave child. It's wistful, these changes, but good too.

8:34 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Chicky said...

Happy Birthday, Cakes!!

Beautiful post, Mama. I hope you both enjoy the only-sometimes-terrible but-mostly-wonderful-twos!

10:04 AM  
Blogger aimee / greeblemonkey said...

Happy birthday Cakes!

And I *love* that photo.

1:55 PM  
Blogger Mad Hatter said...

It's funny. When Miss M turned two I was obsessed with posting on the last day she was one and not so much on the day of the birthday itself.

Happy Birthday, Cakes. Does this mean Cakes and HBM have the same birthday? That's some freakishly good karma there.

12:19 PM  
Blogger petite gourmand said...

gotta love a new pair of shoes..

oh and a new set of wheels isn't so bad either.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Naomi (Urban Mummy) said...

Two is goooooood. I love two. Two is fun, two allows for converations, and all sorts of activities.

Happy birthday!!

12:31 PM  
Blogger GIRL'S GONE CHILD said...

Gorgeous.

I'm super late with this but Happy Birthday!!! To both of you!!! Thinking of you both.

2:55 PM  

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