It is the eve of two.
We’ve spent our weekend celebrating marriage, family, and you. And in true Millie fashion, you’ve let us all in on your antics. You’re true-to-rumor terrible twos. From petulance to defiance, to snuggles and aggressive hugs.
In the past month you have declared yourself to be Batman, shown you understand word-tense, eaten more food off the floor than from a bowl, climbed to the highest slide and flown down with vigor, and just a few weeks ago, learned that with a vest, you could float yourself around a pool without much help.
I guess what I am saying is that you’ve really grown up.
It’s possible that I didn’t remember what two looked like. How smart it is, or how the bravery and gusto of the age is also riddled with angst, growing pains and the burgeoning idea of but I wanna… Who knew that the teen years actually begin at two?
As your older sister learns more, so do you. My shock at your alphabet, counting to twenty and your grasp of the general workings of the English language continue each moment that passes. I find myself saying, “I just can’t believe it,” every time you finish another perfect verse of Sherry Baby. The first time you looked at me and said moon and back… I felt my heart stop.
But, alas, you are still two. You will still crawl up into the bed, curl up, and fall asleep nursing. That sweet face still looks like the baby I brought home 729 days ago, only wiser… and SO much like your Mima.
What does working from home mean? It means Sundays. It means early mornings and late nights. It means I’m never not a available. To my children always. To my clients, mostly. It means working. And breastfeeding. And conference calls. And snuggles. It means I am blessed to not have to choose between working and leaving the girls. It means that I never get to walk away from work without a conscious effort. It means I show my kids they can do it all. They can design their lives. #workingmothers
I want you to have the happiest birthday ever, so far, sweet girl. From birthday pictures to lunch with daddy and a special gift that’s in a secret hiding spot, two is shaping up to be a year of love, challenges and all the things being a parent and a child are supposed to be: a learning experience.
If the future looks like the mind and soul you embody, it’s looking pretty bright. Here’s to you on the eve of two.