This weekend our baby turns two. I'm not sure how to process this event, but I don't think it's something you really can process -- you just try to keep up. But at the same time, when I look back at her baby pictures and try to remember those early months, they seem so long ago. Parenthood is disorienting.
I thought the novelty of her existence would've worn off by now, but literally every day we marvel at her. Sometimes it's about how smart she is, sometimes about how silly, other times about how caring or cunning or beautiful or big or hilarious she is. We just sit here and shake our heads, amazed that she is her own little person and that we are blessed enough to be her parents. All in all, she's pretty awesome.
One of my favorite things about her lately is how caring and helpful she wants to be. If I drop something, she swoops under my feet to pick it up for me. If something spills, she shouts "Oh nooooo! A mess!" and wants to wipe it up. Recently she was wrapping her doll in a blanket and said, "This is my baby daughter. She is nice. Baby, are you cold? Do you have a booboo on your leg? I need to kiss you." And sometimes she sings, "Baby mine, don't you cryyyyy," as she tucks her baby into bed -- a song that makes me tear up anyway, let alone when my own baby sings it in her sweet little baby voice.
I am trying to find ways to translate this nurturing spirit into her peer interactions at daycare, where she pushes her friends as frequently as she hugs them and is a natural at not sharing. Surely, with a little more training, we can connect those dots at some point. I have come to realize that she can learn the ABCs from TV, but the only way she'll learn how to love and be loved is from us. Whenever I feel inadequate for not securing her a spot at Chinese immersion school or whatever, I try to remember that.
Other random stuff I want to remember about this stage:
- One night this week I was complimenting her newfound ability to blow on her pinwheel and actually make it spin. In between blows, she said, "Thank you for teaching me." This kid knows how to tug a heart string.
- Her two top song requests are currently "Seven Days of the Week" by They Might Be Giants and "Diamonds" by Rhianna. Incongruous, maybe, but I love that she knows what she likes.
- We've had a lot of successful pees in the potty in the past month since we started trying, but this week marked her first poop. (Thankfully there are no pictures documenting this occasion, but it was a proud moment for all of us.)