Now you are two

Now you are two

ToddlerNow you are two you are not so new. But the world continues to amaze and surprise you and fill you with wonder at every turn.  I can only stand by and watch as you jump headfirst into the next obstacle, determined to overcome it with your obstinate nature, no time for trepidation.

Toddler on climbing frame

On the eve of your 2nd birthday, a little bit of birthday excitement had infected you and you refused to go to sleep. This made putting together your climbing frame present a little difficult. However, you were a willing observer, patiently watching from the trampoline while we grappled with the bits and pieces and eagerly testing it out once we were done. Despite it being late and dark! And as if I needed reminding of how big you’re getting, your cries of “No mummy, me do it!” whenever I came close to catch you should you fall, were a stark warning to respect your growing independence from me.

Two year old opening present

As your birthday morning dawned, it didn’t take long for you to get the hang of unwrapping your presents, tearing at the paper with keen anticipation to discover the delights hidden inside. The little squeals of excitement at each surprise touched my heart so tenderly, I know I will never forget those fleeting moments.

Toddler pointingAfter a long and boring drive, we arrived at the gardens of RHS Wisley and went to hunt Nanna and Granpa out.  Your shouts of “Nanna! Granpa!” when you spotted them made me glow with pride that my little girl could love my parents so much despite their irregularity in your life.  You spent the entire day running about, giggling and playing with your sister, with us, with your nanna and granpa.  You loved being carried on our shoulders, thrilled at the new perspective it offered you.  You had fun in the children’s play area and helped your sister collect sticks for the willow wigwam.  If we mentioned the fragrance of a flower, you insisted, “Me smell it too!”; if we noted a sight, you demanded, “Me see too!” and you tried to join in with all we did.

Peek a boo

We ran, we danced, we spotted, we spied, we ate, we drank, we laughed and we cuddled. And we had a wonderful day out.

toddlers eating al fresco

And then we had a party in our own garden with so many of your friends, playing and eating next to each other and sometimes together, sharing and screaming at each other.  Laughing and chatting and singing.  While your mummies chatted and laughed, you played so well and gave us the time we wanted to catch up on news and gossip.  No longer are you little babies, needing to be held and fed and cared for.  Now you run around and kick balls and climb and slide and jump and laugh.

Toddler drinking from beaker

Your stammered conversations give an insight into your tiny, burgeoning mind and make us giggle with incomprehension as you try and fit words together that don’t belong. The uninhibited songs of your own creation that you sing day in and day out fill our house with happiness.  And watching you play with your “peoples” as you take them on adventures born out of the everyday again remind us of your increasing independence.

Toddler on climbing frame

There is no stopping you now you are two.  You will leap ahead in bounds as the world around you becomes more and more accessible to your tiny body and huge mind.  I will be there every step of the way, cheering you up and on and providing the cuddles when you fall.  Thank you for being the sunshine that lights even the coldest, darkest days.  Thank you for being my Bear. Enjoy your third year.

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22 comments on “Now you are two
  1. What a gorgeous post. This is such a touching letter to your Bear. It looks as though she had a wonderful time. xx

  2. Jaime Oliver says:

    awww honey this is beautiful! i love this age where they love to learn about the world around them!

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

  3. Pinkoddy says:

    She is gorgeous and it is such a lovely age. Looks a great climbing frame no wonder she couldn’t sleep. Enjoy savouring her every new thing she learns/does it is such an amazing journey.


    • Faded Seaside Mama says:

      Thank you for such a lovely comment! You are right, it’s a wonderful age and so much fun watching her personality blossom in front of our eyes!

  4. Judith says:

    How beautifully written, and what a beautiful little girl. I look forward to finding out what is in my little girl’s head once she can talk…

    • Faded Seaside Mama says:

      Thank you *blushing*. The developing language skills are awesome! I must spend most of my day laughing at her little quips now! But don’t wish the time away, you’ll miss it when it’s gone.

  5. Jen Palmer says:

    A lovely letter – my son is two and it is amazing how independent they become.

    • Faded Seaside Mama says:

      Their independence really is astounding when they look so little still. Frustrating at times too, but great at others. At least they’re still little enough to want cuddles too. When the independence is all they want, I think I’ll have a little cry!!

  6. Jaime Oliver says:

    popped back honey for #PoCoLo xx

  7. Kim Carberry says:

    Aww such a lovely post! x

  8. Anne says:

    what a lovely post and happy birthday to your little girl xx

  9. BlueBeretMum says:

    Beautiful photos and wonderful way to record those precious moments – they grow so fast! Cannot wait for Peanut to say his first sentence… a bit to go! x

    • Faded Seaside Mama says:

      Enjoy his little time while it lasts. Once they start to talk, they really don’t stop! And the festival tourists will seem tame in comparison!! #PoCoLo

  10. How absolutely lovely – sounds like she had a wonderful birthday. Wisley Gardens is beautiful – I used to spend a lot of time there with my Grandad. Happy Birthday to your gorgeous girl. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

    • Faded Seaside Mama says:

      Thanks for the birthday wishes and thanks for the great linky as always! #PoCoLo

  11. Margot says:

    What a lovely lovely post and may I say you have a rather gorgeous girlie too! Poppy is nearly 2 and when I think about how the time has flown, I feel quite sad that it is all going too quickly! #PoCoLo

    • Faded Seaside Mama says:

      It’s crazy how quickly time disappears and how quickly you can forget the tiny things. This is why blogging is so great as I get to keep memories I might otherwise forget!

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