Now that you’re 2 years old we should probably stop calling you all the silly nicknames we have for you. Then again, maybe not just yet.
What can I tell you, my darling? You are now a full-fledge toddler and all the wonderful and challenging things that go along with it.
First and foremost, you are incredibly thoughtful and kind. You take the tasks given to you very seriously and think everything through thoroughly before you take any actions. This applies to eating, drawing, and even playing. I can almost see the wheels in your head turning, evaluating your options, calculating the risks, and considering all the consequences. This comes in very handy when you’re asked a question – you think through your answer. I must say it’s a bit frustrating when every meal and activity takes an extra 15-20 minutes because you are methodically evaluating your decisions.
You are the sweetest, kindest, cuddliest little two year old I know. You love your family and your extended family at daycare and show your emotions by giving out wonderful hugs and taking care of everyone around you. You love checking my hands for boo-boos, rubbing my back, and you take me being upset or sad very seriously. You hug and pet your puppy gently, cover your dolls with blankets and pet their backs to help them fall asleep, and hand out kisses. My sweet, sweet angel, I hope this never changes.
Your intelligence continues to amaze everyone. To date you can count and know the difference between 1, 2, and 3 quantities (you point out identical objects and show “two” on your fingers, count “two more, one more”). You know most primary colors and can even say “yellow” “blue” “purple” “pink” and “green” for the right colors. You are almost never wrong. You bring the correct colors every time and can sort 4 dozens of blocks into color piles with ease. You love letters and the alphabet. You can easily name (correctly) all the letters in your name and point them out to us every where. You can repeat the entire alphabet (Q and R are a bit tough) and love doing it. Your teachers are constantly telling us how far ahead you are and how much you surprise them with your new skills every single day. We’ve decided that it’s because you are incredibly thoughtful and observant. I hope that doesn’t change either.
Two years old also brings about the frustrations that I’m sure most families experience. You have a lot to say but have a hard time communicating it and that’s frustrating. You want to do things on your own but can’t do everything just yet and that’s frustrating. You love to assert your independence and we love that about 80% of the time. We’ve noticed that it helps everyone if we give you lots of warnings before we do things – 5 minutes until bedtime, 2 minutes until bedtime, it’s bedtime, Addi. You like predictability and that’s been helping us all deal with the frustrations that go along with being a 2 year old.
You weight almost 22 lbs which is crazy considering I know 6-9 months old that weight more than you, but we’re all really happy with the progress you’ve been making. You’re getting pickier about what you’re eating, but you love to try new things. You still love fruit the most, but you’re also a huge fan of hot dogs, tofu, japanese and chinese food, muffin tops, and chicken nuggets. This month we also loosened up and let you have a couple of McDonald’s french fries. I think you’re in love.
All in all, my love, you are the bestestest thing that has ever happened to your daddy and me and we’re so incredibly proud to call you our daughter. I can’t get enough of you, my little darling.
Peanut’s second year