Watching children grow is such a wonderfully strange experience. 2 years has flown by, yet it feels like she’s been here forever. We’re almost always together, so it’s hard to imagine a time she wasn’t around. Her presence is so big, wrapped up in a tiny package. She is so full of life, I often think she might burst.
She loves all things cat. You might find her jumping up and down as high as she can at any given moment (on the front porch if she has her way), or dancing like crazy. She knows most of the words to “Let It Go,” although she hasn’t seen the movie yet. She’s not quite sure what a princess is, but she knows she wants to be one. According to her, all of her dresses are “pinny” (spinny), and she loves to claim that Joanie gave her every outfit she owns. Mommy’s jewelry (what little I have) is a big hit at the moment, and some new play jewelry that she got for her birthday, too. Genetics are strong with this one. The girl factor has arrived.
Lately Violet is a people person, for sure. She loves who she loves with all of her might. “Knoxy” is most certainly her best friend and their little friendship melts my heart on a daily basis (though their fights are as vicious as their love is strong). She is a huge fan of her grandparents, of course. Joanie always gets the first prayer at bedtime and she requests to call her pretty much every day. 2 hours is too far, Joanie! She and her PaPa are quite the pair, as well. I think it’s safe to say she’s got him wrapped around her finger…right along with her Daddy. She loves her friends, too. Particularly, “Ucy” (Lucy) and “Udy” (Lily) whom she talks about daily and proclaims her love for on a regular basis.
Her energy is unmatched. She adores being outside now that the weather is warm. I think she would spend her days on the front porch and live there if she had her way…so long as she could take breaks to swing for hours at a time. She & Knox fill their time indoors by playing Legos, pretending to be dogs and cats, running in circles around the couch, singing and dancing at the top of their lungs, painting (paper and bodies), doing puzzles, reading books, watching movies (mostly Dinosaur Train these days), playing play-doh and generally destroying the house in seconds flat on a daily basis.
She’s still a bit of a mama’s girl, but she sure loves her Daddy and she knows she can get pretty much anything she wants by pulling out her best cry. We’re holding on tight to the baby moments, but she’s really growing up fast. She loves to potty (most days), she’s speaking completely clearly in full sentences and has no trouble expressing herself fully (and loudly), she’s learning her ABCs and counting, recognizing colors, dressing (and mostly undressing) herself, helping with chores (cleaning windows, mopping, switching the laundry, feeding the animals, putting toys away) and loving life. She makes me so proud every day.
As much as part of me has wished for the day that they play together and entertain each other and need me less and less, now that it’s becoming reality, my heart sometimes aches for those sleepy newborn cuddles (but then I usually remember the scary newborn screaming and the ache lets up a bit). Two is small, but in many ways, two is very, very big. Big hugs, big hopes, big tears and big smiles…she’s the most perfect little girl in the world and all that I could have ever imagined in a daughter. I love her in the fiercest sense of the word. She has her Daddy’s big heart and I see it everyday in their matching eyes. Good Lord, I am blessed in so many ways by my family. Our family of four is now two years old and while these two years have been the hardest of my life, I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to find out why having children is both the hardest and best thing in the world. My heart is full of excitement and fear for the future, but I’ve got the best people with me along for the ride.
Thanks for joining our family and making us whole, Lately. You are everything.
What she preffered to wear for Easter, rather than the perfect dress I got her!
Turns out toddlers are not the best strawberry pickers.