Who knew two and a half years could be so sweet? It’s hard to really even imagine what life was like before you were born; I seem to remember it in little snippets here and there but then I think “wait, was she really not born then??” You fit in so perfectly with our lives and just kind of blended right in to where your Daddy’s and my life path was taking us. Life was changing all around us when you were born but it seemed like a natural transition, an easy and perfect kind of love churned together with your perfect little infant self that taught us what love and life is really all about. It’s hard to believe that you are two and a half…on the downward slope towards three! Three! I can hardly stand the thought of it…can’t you just stay a baby a bit longer? I love you so much…
So much growth and change happens from 2 to 2 1/2 years old, I just had to write to you about it. You still (of course) love to run, but now you love to have races with other people! You pump your arms and go, go, go “like the wind!” you’ll say. You come up with the funniest sayings that I would never expect a two year old to say. You are quick to give hugs and kisses and are always willing to have unexpected visitors or friends to play with. It’s not uncommon for you to tell me that you love me “so much” (and it never stops melting my heart!). You love to read and your favorite book is “The Night Before Christmas.” We read it every.single.night. But I love you for it! 🙂 At least you know what you like! That is true with most things when it comes to you. You want what you want when you want it and if you don’t want it, you’ll be sure to let us know. Take these pictures, for example. I wanted to get pictures of you for this entry, but the only way you would oblige is if you could race up and down the sidewalk. Throw in a few twirls and a few strategically timed arm pumps…and then you were happy to indulge me. Before that you were saying “No, Mommy, I no want to go outside. I no want to wear a dress no more. I NO want to take my picture!” 🙂 You have a quick temper but are just as quick to follow it up with a hug and a kiss and an apology. You have a huge heart that is very thoughtful and kind to others but you are also very sensitive.
Pumping your arm as you run
If I were to take a video of your time awake during the day, I would guesstimate that 90-95%% of it would be video of you talking. You love to talk and you love to engage others in conversation. It’ just part of who you are. It doesn’t matter if we are at the grocery store or sitting on our front porch–you will talk to anyone and everyone you can. You are afraid of flies and bees and any kind of bug. You love to hunt for butterflies and to help me water the flowers at night. You insist on holding part of the hose as well so you can really feel like you’re doing it too. You love to help me put groceries away and to help me do the laundry. Your favorite things to do usually involve playing with your water table or going to visit the horses at a nearby college.
This is your pouty face
Jake Man is your best buddy and you two have such a fun time together. We are so blessed that you have taken to your Big Sister role so easily. You tell Jake all day long that he’s “so cute” or “so soft.” 🙂 You are gentle and loving and a true nurturer. At this point, you love to wear dresses and refuse to wear shorts on a regular basis. You are rarely ever seen without your doctor’s kit and are quick to give “check-ups” to people and stuffed animals alike. Although you give your best effort on the regular to eat cookies for lunch (“Mommy, I please have cookie please?”) you are also quite satisfied with your Daddy’s grilled cheese instead.
You make up your own songs and sing along to ones you know. Somewhere along the line you learned how to sing your ABC’s and Jesus Loves Me and we haven’t gone a day without hearing them since. You love to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Curious George on TV. And who could forget Polka Dot baby…your baby doll that you insist sleeps with you each night.
Rachel, all these things that make up who you are are just little tidbits into the every day happenings of your life. I am regularly amazed at your kindness and sweetness and your tenacity for life. For just a two and a half year old little girl, you have completely stolen my heart and changed my perspective on the world. I thank you for that. Thank you for reminding me that love and beauty is all around us, and that we have the choice to see the beauty that our world has to offer. Thank you for teaching me about unending love and what it means to love someone more than myself. You have helped me learn, you have helped me grow and there’s no doubt you have made me a better person. You make loving and living easy, sweet girl, just by being you. Cheers to your two and a half year old self!
I love you forever, to the moon and back.