Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Dear Everleigh,

This month you turned 22 months old, which means you are almost 2! We’re already planning your two-year old puppy birthday party (your idea), and prepping you for the responsibilities of turning 2 and officially becoming a Big Girl. We’ve informed you that after turning 2, you will no longer drink Mommy’s milk, and will have to start drinking milk from a cup like a big girl (a transition we’ve been working slowly for the past month or so). You will also be losing your binkie, except at night. You nod your head and act like this will be okay, but the other day when I brought up turning 2, you cried a little. Change is tough, my little lady, but I know you’re brave enough to handle it :)

Here are some of the things you’re up to now:

Physical Comedy: you love it when people slip and fall, pies in the face, skateboarding accidents, etc. Wipeout is one of your favorite grownup shows, and you also like Max X and other extreme sports shows that highlight lots of falls. You and I play a game sometimes called slippery slip, where I put lotion on you and then slip and fall back on the bed because your hands are so slippery! You love this and never get enough of it.

Memory: it kind of blows me away that you remember so much! You love singing along with the radio or on your own, and will often sing songs from shows or from the radio word for word. One of your favorite songs right now is Rumor Has It by Adele. Also, last First Friday we all got stickers the read “Hello, Art” and last night you tried to get the sticker from my bag and said “Hello Art.” We hadn’t said those words in days and it made me think for a second that you read the sticker, which was crazy. I’m pretty sure you just remembered that’s what it said, but I still find that to be proof you are a super genius ;)

Sick, sick and sicker: February and April have been rough months for us. You seem to drag every cold and flu bug home from your one-day a week at daycare, then infect the whole family just as you’re getting better. You’re just getting over an ear infection and we’re all stuffy nosed and coughing and blah.  Times like these, I try to keep in mind that if a cold is your biggest physical ailment, we’re pretty lucky still.

The Waters: you and Daddy recently discovered a treasured little park space that’s almost like a meditation space. It’s always very quiet there, and it has lots of beautiful little waterfalls and fountains. You call it “the waters”, and your favorite waterfall of all is “the loud one”. It’s very peaceful there, and I’m glad that you sometimes choose the waters over the playground :)

Silly Runs: one of your favorite games to play is to run the space between the living room and kitchen and do silly runs. Right now your running repertoire contains the “arms crossed run”, the “zombie run”, the “moonwalk”, the “broke back” (nothing to do with cowboys), the “flying run”, and the “arms behind the back” run. You like it best when you can get Mommy or Daddy in on the action too.

Favorite Books: this last library run was a success! You found the book “I Don’t Want a Cool Cat” and “Don’t Lick the Dog” and you still prefer me to close each night with “If You Were My Bunny”. We also got an adorable little monster book for you that basically scared you by introducing the concept that some monsters were considered scary while other were good. You did not like this and told us outright. We’ll stick to the animal books for awhile longer ;)

You’re growing up so fast and we’re loving your ability to communicate with us like a big girl! You often tell us “I’m so happy” or “I missed Mommy today”, and it always melts my heart that you feel the love we have for you. Even though you’re a big girl, you’ll always be my little baby.


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