Today is your second birthday. It’s 11p ET and you have had a wonderful day. We sang the happy birthday song for Peyton last Friday and you became obsessed with it. Little did you know that it would be your song in just five short days and yet, here we are and here it was.
You woke up your usual sunny self this morning. Ben and I sang to you first thing and you danced around in your crib. Yes, you still sleep in a crib. I think you’ll be out of it next year at this time, but we’re not ready yet and neither are you. You wore your new two shirt for the very first time today and you were so proud. You showed Ben your shirt and made sure he saw the 2 on it several times. Ben made his first pancakes yesterday and saved two for you this morning for your breakfast. You were very, very happy.
He was shocked to discover that I hadn’t planned a cake for you, but unless your tastes have changed, I suspect that you’re not surprised. He tried to talk me into making you muffins or cupcakes, but I knew, just knew, that you would want a pie. So, when you went to take your nap, I baked your favorite pie — buttermilk. Yes, buttermilk. I also wrapped a couple of presents for you.
When daddy came home we had presents and pie and you had a wonderful day (even if you had to practice Dr. W’s homework, which I’m pleased to say you now know cold). I have great pictures and great memories of today, and I hope that you have them too.
You’ve been through a lot in the first two years of your life. A lot more than some kids ever have to go through. You are strong. You are beautiful, inside and out. You are a fighter. Never, never let anyone tell you that you aren’t or that you’re not worthy or that you don’t deserve to try or to have because you so absolutely do.
Your smiles are amazing. You light up the whole room when you flash that grin of yours. Your laugh is contagious and your determination to try everything that your brother does is admirable (if occasionally foolhardy). You love cars and books and dolls and Tinkerbell and blocks. You want to build — you spend whole afternoons playing with Duplo blocks.
You are so loved. The most important thing for you to know today, and everyday, is that daddy and I love you completely. No matter what you do or where you go, we will always love you.