Yes, it is true. I no longer have babies, just toddlers...very independent, very outspoken, VERY adorable toddlers! On February 15, Addison turned two and I would be lying if I told you I didn't shed a tear or two. You all know why, no need to go on and on about it.
|Striking a pose...but refusing to smile:).|
After finding this adorable dress on clearance last November, I decided to do a polka dot party. Simple and cute. While all my polka dot party decorations were not perfectly coordinated, I'd say it all turned out just fine. Big parties are still not my thing....but I do it every time!
|The polka dot girls on the day of her party.|
|No post would be complete without this sweet face. Can you believe how big he looks here?|
|Make a wish, sweet girl!|
Addison has become such a smart, engaging and funny little girl. She was incredibly serious as a newborn, it took her 3 months to really smile much at all (as opposed to Jackson who was literally laughing at 1 month old!). I have become so reminiscent since her birthday. It's like we made it through an obstacle course - 2 infants non stop for 2 years. I look back and have balanced feelings - aching to hold them in my arms as newborns again and relief that I don't have newborns again! Here we are...at another obstacle course. Parenting two toddlers is challenging all of my confidence and beliefs that I am a good parent. I've got a lot of work to do. That is for another post. Addison now goes to sleep so well, and sleeps through the night no matter what. She even has a terrible cough right now and has coughing fits...but when I go in there, she's half asleep and I have to wake her up to give her medicine and she just lays back down sleepily and goes back to sleep. LOVE her! She eats so well now too. She's still a little picky (won't touch any veggies lol) but I never worry that she isn't getting enough to eat. Her favorite by far is mac n cheese ("ma chee cheese"). Addison talks like she is 16, I swear. She sometimes has 5 and 6 work sentences! Last night she told me, "Mommy go nuh-night in the rocking chair." This was after she said, "Aww, mommy tired?" and rubbed my cheek. Seriously, people, it doesn't get any better than empathy from your two-year-old. Addison has a mind of her own and is most often heard saying "My do it!" She has also learned the art of negotiation. When it is time to eat or to do something, she will say "play couple minutes, mommy." When I am nursing her at night (yes we still do that, for better or for worse!), and I ask her if she's ready to go to bed, she will say "Soon nuh-night" or "Nurse one minute." Addison engages in pretend play quite regularly. She feeds babies and animals (and talks to them), cooks food, talks on the phone, etc. When I ask her how much I love her, she says, "so, so, so much" or "All the way to the moon and back." Yep, she's right. I am just amazed by her daily. Seriously amazed. Blown away really. I can't believe she is MINE! I can't believe either of them are. So, on to the next phase - raising two two-year-olds without losing your mind! Happy Birthday to my sweet baby girl. My love for you is unending. There are no words to even describe the depth of my feeling for you.
|No party is complete without a family picture that inevitably is missing one of the kids looking at the camera!|