So today is the day that my darling baby girl turns two, I literally cannot believe she is actually two. Two whole years! All my friends seem to be popping out second siblings at the moment causing my uterus to weep for a third; although like my friend says, “I’ll have a third baby and be divorced in the same year!”. She still seems so baby like to me, I think because I treat her a bit like that (savouring the baby days) and her speech seems less developed than her brother’s was, so it makes her feel younger, although now I’ve written that her speech seems to be improving loads just this week.
You were a shock arrival at just under two weeks early and we were not prepared in any way! The car seat was still in the garage and the moses basket had been in the loft for well over a year! You were such a little dot too at just 5lb 8oz; you had these tiny little legs like a sparrow. You were fussy to feed and struggled to gain weight in the beginning, but you wouldn’t think it to look at you now.
You are beginning to become such an independent little girl, I guess having an older brother does that. I can sense potty training is just around the corner (although that would mean no more changing nappies in the day which would be great, but it also definitely signifies you’re a big girl!), you refuse to sit in a high chair anymore and we are constantly asking you to ‘sit down’ at the table, you won’t let me open your yoghurt anymore, you love playing with dolls as well as splashing in muddy puddles and you love watching Peppa Pig and your new favourite phrase is ‘No Mummy‘; usually said with a frown.
However, there are still some baby-ish ways you are accustomed to which I love. You are a terrible sleeper (ok, I don’t love this trait!), a constant source of my moans and groans. I think I could count on my hands the amount of times you’ve slept through in two years. When I went back to work, we got into a bad habit of allowing you to come and cuddle in bed with us as we were exhausted constantly getting up. I tried sleep training you in the summer holidays and it succeeded for about two weeks, but old habits have crept back in, and you are once again a ‘bed invader’. Whilst it can be terribly annoying to co-sleep with a child (thankfully for me, my husband usually bares the brunt of the kicking!), I try (and I mean TRY) to take pleasure knowing she likes to be close to us and loves a cuddle, and you do love a cuddle or ‘TUDDLE” as you call it. You are still very much attached to your dummy, it’s essential for getting you to sleep so I don’t think it’ll be going anytime soon! I’m desperately trying to hold onto the baby days just that little bit longer and have recently bought you some more babygrows for bedtime, and boy do you look cute.
She is such a little dare devil: running around everywhere, jumping off anything and everything, climbing anything and everything. I honestly need eyes in the back of head, and I thought mine were good being a teacher and all, but boy do they need honing to match little L. My Mum will laugh when she reads this, but L is most certainly a chip off the old block. It is almost like she is ‘baby me’ reincarnated but with the tantrums multiplied ten fold. She is such a headstrong little girl who knows what she wants, and will definitely sulk if she doesn’t get it. Obviously, now you are two, we enter the realms of the ‘Terrible Two’s’, although we most certainly seem to have learned how to tantrum with the best of them already. Jeepers, you can be difficult at times, and I can already see we will clash when you are older as we are so similar minded!
Sadly, she is yet to have a proper birthday party with her friends, but I have attempted to make her some Peppa Pig cupcakes for nursery. We have my parents here for the weekend so I am looking forward to enjoying some family time, more cake and lots of adventures!
I still can’t believe you are actually two, as I remember 2.42am on the 5th October 2015 like it was yesterday. I hope you continue to be you with that cheeky grin and gorgeous smile as (and I think you know this) it melts my heart everytime.
You’re funny and frustrating, inquisitive and infuriating, caring and challenging, yet I can’t imagine a single day without seeing your infectious smile.
Happy birthday my sweet little baby girl
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