Elsa, you are two. You are finally two! Your first year flew by in a flash. Then, around 18 months time slowed down and you hovered at age 1.5 for what seems like 6 or 7 years. Truthfully, it was a hard stage for everyone, but especially you. There were tears and tantrums every day and I think maybe your little body was just not progressing fast enough to keep up with your brain. Now you have the words to better express yourself and seem much happier.
Here are some things about you, age 2:
You hold my hand ALL the time. Walking to the car, walking in the store, through parks and parking lots, basically every place that isn’t home. Sometimes it makes carrying things tricky, but I wouldn’t change this in a million years. I know it won’t always be like this so for now I am trying to memorize the feeling of your little soft hand in mine.
You love music and to sing, especially in the bath. It’s mostly the usual kid stuff: Wheels on the Bus, Old MacDonald, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and so on. Every once in a while you’ll get creative and improvise.
Favorite foods: cheese, yogurt, bananas, bewwies (berries), cashew butter and especially ice cream.
A physical therapist visits you once a month. She noticed that your ankles rolled inward and suggested we fit you for braces called Sure Steps. These have been wonderful. It’s essentially a piece of plastic that wraps around your foot and pushes it into a more neutral position so you can strengthen the muscles correctly. Your dad and I have noticed a huge improvement in your balance and stability. And you love your “flower shoes.” The hope is that you’ll wear them for a short period of time, graduate to a small shoe insert and eventually nothing.
You continue to hold title of Number 1 Champion Sleeper of all time. At 8pm we lay you down in your crib, turn off the light, shut the door and don’t have to give you another thought until morning. Naps are a little more hit-and-miss.
You have deep telephone conversations with a mysterious person through my computer mouse.
You are fascinated by all creatures great and small. Ollie is still your best buddy and you ask for him each morning before breakfast, but you’re just as excited to see every random dog on the sidewalk. You love wandering the animal halls at the Science & Nature museum and have an ever-growing collection of stuffed animals.
Apart from the stuffed animals, your favorite toys are books. You know (and can identify!) letters of the alphabet and can count to 20 (almost). Who taught you these things? The mysterious phone stranger?
In fact your language comprehension has exploded so much in the last month that I think you are weeks away from following directions to go get daddy a beer. This is when parenthood all pays off, Elsa. You’ll understand one day if you have a child of your own.
Love and 1000 kisses for my Elsa bear.