Friday, May 17, 2013

Happy 2nd Birthday, Liam!!

Dear Liam,

Happy 2nd birthday!  I thought your first year went by quickly, but that was nothing in comparison to this past year.  It's unbelievable to me how quickly the time passed, and how much you've changed and grown in that time.  While you are still my super snuggly baby who sometimes wants nothing more than to curl up in my lap, you have also started to develop your own personality and you are truly becoming a toddler more and more every day.  And your words, oh my goodness your words!  So many, and so very clear, especially if I compare it to just a few months ago.  You are stringing words together to form full thoughts, and you can repeat anything that someone says to you.

You freely pass out "huggies" more than any other kid I've ever met.  Seriously.  To us, to your friends at school, to other parents, your teachers....I'm pretty sure that if i let you, you'd pass them out to strangers, too.  If Jake is upset about something, you are the first person by his side, patting his back and saying "OK, Jakey?  Ok? Huggie?" 

You are happiest when you are outside playing (even though your allergies drive you crazy!), playing with Jake, or eating :)  Your favorite toys right now are cars of any sort and your mega blocks.  You LOVE to color and draw.  I can hand you a crayon and a notebook and you're set for awhile.  A budding artist on our hands, perhaps?

Your favorite books right now are "Moo Ba LaLaLa" by Sandra Boynton, the classic "Goodnight Moon", and "Pete the Cat" by Eric Litwin.  You're not too into TV, though you'll watch a bit of Elmo or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse from time to time.

Your bedtime routine consists of 2 or 3 books (you always try for more!), and 3 songs from me.  It started out as one song, but somehow I haven't been able to resist your little pleas for "more songs, mommy".  Every night, I sing to you the 3 songs that I featured in your 1st year slideshow "Safe & Sound" by Matthew West, "Little Wonders" by Rob Thomas, and "Never Grow Up" by Taylor Swift. I'm not sure why, but you always smile when I sing the last one; for the rest of them, you just watch me intently as I sing, but the Taylor Swift one makes you grin, and you always reach for my hand (just like the words in the song):

Your little hands wrapped around my finger
And it's so quiet in the world tonight
Your little eyelids flutter cause you're dreaming
So I tuck you in, turn on your favorite night light

To you everything's funny
You've got nothing to regret
I'd give all I have honey
If you could stay like that

Oh darling don't you ever grow up
Don't you ever grow up
Just stay this little
Oh darling don't you ever grow up
Don't you ever grow up
It could stay this simple

I wont let nobody hurt you
Wont let no one break your heart
No one will desert you
Just try to never grow up

You are an amazing, loving, caring, smart, handsome, happy little boy and we are so proud of you!  Happy birthday, Liam...we love you!!

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