Today is your birthday! You’ve turned two years old. I would love for you to know what you were doing now, so I’ll make a short list for you.
By the time you were two, you could…
-Pick out the yummy parts of a pomegranate
-Count to ten
-Speak about as much Cantonese as I could
-Name these colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, white, brown, black, gray
-Sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in tune, as well as some other songs
-Hold dinner parties for your stuffed animals
-Say most of your ABCs
-Name these shapes: star, square, rectangle, triangle, oval, circle, moon
-Speak in 4 and 5 word sentences
-Eat foods that were too spicy for me (up until I was pregnant with you)
-Sign about 1/3 of your vocabulary, which is about 400 words
-Put on your shoes and socks by yourself (sometimes)
-Say “thank you,” unprompted
-Laugh heartily at your own jokes
Your favorite songs were:
-Jesca Hoop’s “Silverscreen”
-Violent Femmes’ “Please Don’t Go”
-Haul Away Joe
-The Rainbow Song
-Itsy Bitsy Spider
-Loreena McKennit’s “The Highwayman”
-Wheels on the Bus
-Health to the Company
-If You’re Happy and You Know it
-Hal an Tow
-Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Your first curse word was “Douchebag,” which I accidentally taught you while driving
Your favorite fruits were mango and grapes, though you didn’t meet any fruits you didn’t like. You also loved to eat eggs, oranges, hummus, peanut butter and jelly, (cooked) sushi, bagels with cream cheese and ham, jalapeno and cheddar chips, chicken wings, bananas, turkey, pickles, persimmons, strawberry mini-wheats, anything with ketchup, dried cranberries, and… well, you ate just about everything, depending on texture and what all was available.
We couldn’t tell what your favorite color was. You seemed to like them all.
For your birthday, we painted your room a kinda sage color, gave you your first digital camera, and I made a sling for your two new baby dolls, which you got from Grandmother, Granria and Basia for Christmas. You also loved the fake veggies from Grandmother, the drum set from Momma-Yo, and the ABC floor mat from Basia and Granria.
At this point, you were still an only child, and I’m pretty sure you were blissfully unaware of what was going to happen in the next few months, though you did like to pet and talk to (and then put your ear against me to listen for an answer) my belly, which was “Momma’s Baby.” As for other “family members,” We had two indoor pets, Beaner the cat and Seabass the dog, as well as three goats (Duck, Darwin, and Dottie) and two alpacas (Machu and Picchu), who lived outside.
This year you made several big trips, including two to California and one to England, and lots of minor ones to neighboring states.
I can’t wait to see what you’re like this time next year!