Two years ago, on 08-08-08, you came crashing into my life. You scared the living daylights out of me and your dad when you came out blue and not breathing. But clearly your rough start did not affect you in the slightest!
You took your first steps just after you turned 10-months-old and you HAVEN’T SAT STILL SINCE!
Landon, right after you turned one-year-old, we got the shock of our lives! We found out you were going to be a big brother! This was quite unexpected but we embraced this beautiful change in our lives because looking at you, we knew how much fun we were in for again!
I worried a lot during my pregnancy. Not so much about me. Not so much about Brigham. I worried about you instead! I worried that you would resent me for not being the “baby” anymore. I worried about my ever-growing belly getting so round that it knocked you off of your favorite place . . . my lap! I worried that you would look at me differently or love me differently. But now I realize that all those worries were pretty stupid.
Your brother is here now and you’re still the same sweet boy you have always been. Although so much has changed in one short year you are still so full of energy and life. You fill our house with unending laughter and my heart with true happiness. You roll with the punches, man. Just like your dad! Everyone who meets you thinks you’re such a cool kid! So fun to play with and be around.
You are exerting your independence and smiling all the while. I don’t think you fully comprehend what it is to be a big brother yet. But you try your darndest and it has been the joy of my life watching you try. You kiss Brigham’s head and pet his face. You like it when Brigham smiles and giggles at you. I’m sure you’ll be putting on a show for him every single day in the years to come.
So what were some of your (or our) favorite things about your second year of life?
How about your first big vacation to Disney World? You met Mickey & Minnie Mouse already, Bubba! How many two-year-olds can say that?
You started saying more words right around 15 months. But at 17 months it’s fair to say your little mouth exploded like a volcano! At two-years-old you are repeating every.word.we.say.
One of my favorite things to do is hold up a photo of our family and ask you who each person is in the photo. It’s so fun to hear you say, Cinni (Cindi), Kelli, Jenny, Papaw, Gamaw (Grandma), Bake (Blake), Corwey (Corey), Har-son (Harrison).
Of course, I longed to hear you say mama. You sure took your sweet time to say it. But now I hear it every day. Like 100 times a day. It’s the best. I never get tired of hearing it. So thanks for finally giving me the pleasure.
And what about all the fun trips to the park where you climbed the jungle gym with your cool dad? What a fun spring it was!
You’ve spent a lot of the summer in your grandparents’ pool. Now that we’re nearing the end of summer you’re just about ready to jump off the diving board! When daddy does it you scream “BIG JUMP!”
There is so much to look forward to in this next year with you! Too much to write about, that’s for sure. I know you don’t really understand the whole “make a wish” birthday thing. So I hope you don’t mind if I make a wish for you on your birthday.
Baby boy, I wish for you . . .
a year full of loud belly laughs
a year full of fun with your baby brother
a year full of growing out of your clothes (and passing them down to your brother, sorry Briggy)
a year full of jumping in mud puddles
a year full of sledding in the snow
a year full of making new friends
a year full of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (duh, mom!)
a year full of trying new foods
a year full of spitting those new foods out on the floor when you don’t like them
a year full of kicking your new soccer ball
a year full of scaring Roxie the pug into a corner
a year full of crazy bed head
a year full of going to the potty (pretty please?)
a year full of sleeping in your new big boy bed (pretty please with a cherry on top?)
a year full of reading new books and playing new games
a year full of songs to sing
a year full of you holding my hand and leading the way
a year full of hugs and kisses and “I love yous”
a year full of amazing things I don’t even know to expect
Blow the candles out, baby. I’ll try my best to make sure every wish you have comes true.