Dear Two Year Old Maura,
I had every intention of writing an update every few months throughout your second year, but wow has this year been busy! I thought your milestones and discoveries would slow down after your first birthday, they definitely did not! This past year you went from being able to briefly hold yourself up with a walker, to walking, walking backwards, running, tip-toeing, marching, stomping, and now you’re soooo close to getting off the ground when you jump! You can walk up and down stairs with the help of a hand or railing, climb up ladders, into chairs, onto anything you set your mind to. The 6-9 month delay in gross motor milestones we were told to expect never happened, and you’re right on pace with all your 2 year old friends!
A year ago, you had a handful of words – mostly single syllables, or the first syllable of a word. Now, you’ve got hundreds of words, speak in full sentences, tell stories, and even have a good knock knock joke you tell pretty well! – (Knock knock, Who’s there? Cow-Go, Cow-Go Who? Noooo, Cow go MOO!) Dad and I joke that you can say any word you’ve ever heard spoken! You memorize lyrics to songs faster than I do, and I often find myself looking up the words to songs and nursery rhymes that you ask me about! This second year has been a whirlwind of vocabulary and I’ve loved hearing your little voice, and now love being let into your world of thoughts.
You still love being outside, and got to experience sledding, making snowmen, and building snow caves to your experiences this past winter. You’re excited for our garden this year and have already been helping get it ready by planting seeds inside, pulling out the muddy weeds, raking, and carrying soil in your new wheelbarrow! If you’re stuck inside, you enjoy building things, playing with your babies, or more recently pretend games like ‘restaurant’ where your Little People order meals, and you prep and serve the food from your kitchen, or ‘store’ where you bring me things from around the house and give me your ‘credit card’ to swipe while putting items back into shopping bags…
People warn first time moms about the Terrible Twos, but so far you get sweeter and sweeter. You melt my heart by saying things like “I have so much fun when I with you, Mama!” and spontaneously saying “I love you too” (without me saying it first). I often hear you telling your dolls you love them, rocking them, or reading to them. The only one you’re not feeling the love for is Ramsey – but maybe that relationship will grow with time?
Here’s to another year full of learning about you, adventures, and fun.
Love you baby girl,