Thumper Turns Two

My darling little Thumper,

You may be turning two years old today, but I am never going to be able to not think of you as my baby.  I say that to all of your siblings, too, but it is doubly true with you.  The changes between a year ago…

Thumper, age 1

and now…

Thumper, age 2

… are the changes you see between a baby and a toddler.  You have learned to walk.  You are working on talking.  You have decided preferences for favorite foods (yogurt, cookies, peanut butter and jelly, Pirate’s Booty, bananas, chicken nuggets, fish & chips, baguettes, scrambled eggs with bacon, anything Mommy is eating, ice cream) and decided dislikes (anything we try to make you eat if you are not in the mood, whole milk (???), most vegetables).  You have learned to LOVE watching Sesame Street and have begun to identify certain characters, and you’ve discovered numbers and counting.  For some reason, you find counting a lot of fun, you can say several numbers (never in order, of course), and you can imitate The Count’s laugh when you finish counting – which is adorable beyond words.  You love playing outside, with the wind in your hair and the rain on your face.

You run to Daddy when he comes home, but you orbit around Mommy.  You love the one-on-one time that you get in the mornings while everyone else is away at work or school.  Ane is your helper and defender – except when you make a mess out of her room.  You find Tad and all his toys irresistible, but he resists you pretty easily.  Rerun is becoming your playmate, and you two can do well together for a little while – but when he wants to get his own way, he does, because he is still bigger and quicker than you are.  You are easygoing with the people you know and love, friendly with strangers, and if I had a dollar for every time someone mentions your eyelashes, your college education would be paid for.

Serious boy

You are into everything right now.  And I mean EVERYTHING.  Opening DVD cases.  Taking apart your siblings’ LEGO sets.  Emptying dresser drawers.  Using Mommy’s eyeliner to scribble on the bathroom cupboards.  Getting into kitchen drawers for utensils.  Taking cookies right off the cooling racks on the kitchen counter.  If it is in reach of your long arms and tippy toes, you are going to get to it.

And even though you get into trouble… your cuteness is just enough to save you for now.  This won’t last, son.  You have been warned.

I know the next year will fly by.  We have a lot of work to do in this next year.  I promise to be with you every step of the way.  Because the next time I turn around and you have a birthday, my baby will be really gone and my toddler won’t even be there, either – you’ll be a little boy.

Happy second birthday, my giggly little baby boo, my sweet little Thumper.  The Father up above is looking down in love, and Mommy and Daddy love you so much, too.

2 years old!


One Response to “Thumper Turns Two”

  1. linda
    March 22nd, 2015 18:52

    Love and hugs from us, too!