It's been quite a year for her. Unfortunately, it seems the majority of the year she was hanging out with a sick and exhausted pregnant mama, but despite endless loops of Baby Einstein, Sesame Street and Curious George, she's become quite a little girl.
At two, we can say for sure that she is smart, curious, strong-willed, funny, soft-hearted, tough, athletic, energetic, independent, and very loving. Even still, after having had her around for more than 733 days, I can confidently say that I continue to love her more every day. How is that possible? When does that stop? She's my life's joy and my whole heart, and her daddy's as well.
We celebrated her actual birthday in a very low key way. After waking her up with balloons and singing, we took her to a bouncy play house in the morning with her best friend Jake. Came home, took a nap, and after nap we went on a family walk. Peter took her to the park after that, and we grabbed some burgers as a family of four for dinner. At the end of the day, a package arrived from her Gramma in North Carolina - a brand new double stroller, which we quickly assembled and took for a test ride. Of course, we told her this was a birthday present (having nothing to do with our new addition) and she absolutely loves it.
Thankfully, once again, Kelli brought her fabulous camera and took some amazing pictures. She's a wonderful friend to me for more reasons than I can count, but one pretty great perk is that she's got a great camera and a great eye, and has taken pictures for us on some pretty monumental occasions (Ellie's First Birthday, Dash's actual birthday, etc). I'm so grateful for her - and the photos too! And because I couldn't decide which ones to use, forgive the photo overload. :) (also, it appears the lack of sleep is catching up to me, by way of bags under my eyes. Please forgive, and remember, I do have a newborn....)
|Great Grandma Jean is the perfect baby-holder. She likes to sit, and Dash likes to be held!|
|I hope they're friends forever|
|My mom's the best. Seriously.|
|Best friends. Again - please remember: I'm only slightly postpartum.|
|cracks me up. put her in a soccer jersey, and you have one of those little league trading card shots!|
|New Puppy love|
|Just pondering life|
|Likewise, pondering life|
|Believe it or not, it only took 4 weeks and 5 days to get a family pic of the four of us!|