Saturday, June 7, 2014

A Letter To My Daughter

To my sweet girl on your second birthday,

You have grown up so much in this past year, yet you're still our "tag-along" baby girl who tries your hardest to keep up with your brother's. You love your dolls (it's pretty much all you play with) and being outside. You love to go for walks. You love to play in the sandbox, particularly throwing the sand which gets you sent to time out. You love to "slide" and "swiiinnnggg." You talk A LOT, not always clearly, but it makes sense to a few of us. You love to watch "Daniel Tiger" and "Caillou" and play with the figurines. You keep a princess phone in your red sparkly purse and scream if anyone comes near that purse.

For some reason, all of the kids give you your way. It has been this way since you were born and it makes my life quite difficult! You love your daycare friends. You love coloring. This morning you drew me a picture of "doll. Oh yea, at Target." You were very disappointed this morning when you opened up your doll accessories and didn't get a new doll. I tried to hand you every doll you own (20 some of them, by the way) and all you wanted was a new doll from Target. So very typical.

You love green beans, carrots, and "snacks." Your brother's adore you, fight with you, and find your screaming at the top of your lungs (like, breaking our ear drums screaming) either incredibly funny or incredibly annoying.

Why am I writing you this you ask?? Because I want this reminder. Not of how much I do love you or how incredibly cute you are, but so that someday when you're sparkly red cloth purse is replaced by a real red purse I remember that look on your face when you stuff $2 into your purse play purse. I want to remember that princess phone you love so much and how your favorite person to call on that phone is "gup gup" (grandpa). I want to remember the pitter patter of your little feet running through the kitchen to the back door excitedly exclaiming "outside! Outside! Outside!" the moment you wake up in the morning.

Thank you for being an awesome sleeper. The only time you're horrible about sleeping is when you have an ear infection. Your tubes fell out of your ears earlier this year and after a few ear infections, you've been ear infection free since February.

Thank you for trying your hardest with the potty. It was your own idea to try the potty out and you now spend a good portion of your day staying dry in undies.....or you just tell me "oh, pee. Floor" as you take your clothes off and run away from me!

We spent your 2nd birthday hanging out at home. I told your brother's they had to be nice to you all day long and you took full advantage! You played dolls, hide n' seek, chased your brother's around, we ate your favorite foods (oatmeal, donuts, mac n' cheese, green beans, strawberries, bananas, carrots, and chinese food from Shang Yen), and had cookie cake with your grandparents.

Part of me wishes you could stay this age forever, with your bouncy curls and sweet smile asking for kisses randomly throughout the day. As much as I want you to be this little forever, I'm anxious to see you grow into the little girl you are becoming. I hope you never lose your ability fight for what you want (aka-get your way). It may make me want to pull my hair out or lock myself in the bathroom most days, but I know this will suit you well the older you get. You're my baby and growing up before our eyes. Every day brings something new. I know there are MANY days when I've hit my limit, but I hope you continue to keep me on my toes. Thank you more than anything for being our smiling, happy, go with the flow baby girl!

Love,  Mama