My dear, sweet, serious, snuggly boy,
I have to start by saying you and Lucy are the two best things that ever happened to me, and that will not change regardless of what life brings. And I cannot believe that you. Are. Two! Two is like this juxtaposition between baby and toddler, needing mama for absolutely everything and just needing mama to help you out on an as needed basis. You have the most sparkling blue eyes that look right into mine when you say, “Mama!” in your little sing-songy voice. You are my snuggly bear, who would choose a couch snuggle and a book read over most other activities. You love to play this game where I ask for a snuggle and you say “no” with a cheeky grin, then I pretend to cry and you run at me full speed and land your cheek on my shoulder. I’m not bragging or anything, but I’m pretty much the coolest thing to you and I. Love. It. I know it won’t be this way forever so I’m soaking it in right now. I was holding a baby the other day and you got REALLY sad and when I gave the baby back and held you, I’ll never forget how you held on for dear life. Your little arms wrapped around my shoulders and you pressed your fingers into my back as you plastered your face to my neck. I am yours, buddy. That much is true.
And let’s talk about YOU and all of your interests and quirks! At two, you are all about some tractors. And trains. And trucks. And cars. Basically, anything with wheels. I love hearing you sing “Round and round” (your name for “Wheels on the bus”) and watching you move your tiny arms to the motions (can I save the way you say “swish swish” in a bottle or something, for future generations?). And you love to play the drums, listen to the drums, and dance (jump, really) when you hear music. You dance to your own beat like your sister, quite literally AND figuratively! While you aren’t what I would call the life of the party, you do love to be with your people and can get pretty silly when the mood strikes. You love to run and laugh and be tickled. You love to build towers and knock them down, and put cones on your arms and crack me up saying “William funny! William cone arms!” You really surprised me the other day with your first pun when you pointed to your stuffed wooly mammoth in your crib, then pointed to Woody (your bestie dog) and said “Woody mammoth!” then cracked up. Buddy. You’ve got jokes! You know puns are the way to your mama’s heart! You also make your dissent quite clear when you are being asked to do something you don’t want to do. Examples of this include not being able to bang glassware on the table, being told to stop slamming the porch door shut over and over again, and using inappropriate (fragile) items as drum sticks. BUT as you are quick to anger, you are also very quick to get over it. Lucy has learned this trick where if you have something she wants, she can just distract you with some other preferred item and get what she wants. The same plan generally works when you’re upset about something. You can move on to the next shiny object rather quickly these days.
You are also in that phase where you are giving us a running commentary of our day. I love it so much. On the way to pick up Lucy from school the other day, you were giving me rave reviews about your snack! “William has a big nana (banana)! William take a biiiiiiiig bite! William chewing!” I also love how you are saying things so much about what everybody is doing. “Everybody walkin! Everybody eatin! Everybody talkin!” And as you get older, your words are becoming more grown up. “Flow flows” are now “flowers” and “sun gla glash” are now “glasses.” I mean, I know that’s normal development and all, but I really loved those words you were making up.
This year I have been so incredibly thankful to be able to be home with you and Lucy. I used to sit in my car at work and daydream about busting you out of daycare and taking you to the park. Now we get to do that so much more. I’m so so so grateful.
I don’t want to miss one “flow flow” with you! Your daddy and I love you so much, buddy. And as I sing to you every night, you truly are my sunshine. It’s hard for me to imagine life before you came along, because it feels like you’ve always been a part of me. Happiest of birthdays, my sweet baby boy.