May 23, 2009
Some things don’t seem to change no matter how long I’ve been a Mommy- time flies, and my babies get bigger! Mikey is officially 2! I think this Birthday has been harder for me than his 1st Birthday because when he turned one, he was still very much a baby. We could still refer to his age in months. Now, he is simply 2 and will be 2, until he is 3. He seemed so much younger when he was 23 MONTHS old, even though it was only a month ago. 2 just sounds so OLD! When he turned one, he still wasn’t walking, wasn’t talking and even looked like a baby still. Now, he is RUNNING, talking to us, even talking BACK to us! He understands more than we give him credit for. Case in point- I will frequently ask him for a kiss and when he says “No” I pretend to cry. The other day, I asked him for a kiss and didn’t cry when he said no. He looked right at me and said, “Sad?” That little booger knew I’d be sad (or pretend to be at least- better to learn early NOT to really get sad when your little boys don’t feel like giving you kisses) and was waiting for me to cry. He did the same to Mike and Mike flat out said, “nope, I’m not sad!” Ha!
As sad as it really is that Mikey is not a baby anymore, I am loving this age. Sure he can be a handful at times and bring Mike and I to our witts end, but he is developing into this little boy that is so full of energy and happiness and continues every day to amaze us, make us laugh and make us love him more and more for exactly who he is! I believe so deeply that he was sent directly from God to help me chill out, gain more patience and understand fully the concept of unconditional love. He is so easily pleased and all he wants is to be right near the people he loves. It was such a treat to be able to enjoy him for 4 days straight. We sure missed Braeden, but its not too often Mike and I are together with just Mikey. When Braeden and Harley are around, Mikey could care less about us and wants to be right with the big boys doing exactly what they are doing. He absolutely LOVED the “ater” (elevator) at the hotel we stayed at in VA. We were on the 6th floor and in the course of 3 days, rode the elevator numerous times. Thanks to a $5 Thomas the Train dvd (that he watched repeatedly), he was perfect in the car both to and from VA and it was an 8 hour trip.
He sure can be feisty- flipping all around when we try and change him, kicking his brother in the car just to get a reaction, demanding what he wants when he wants it,and even chooses “time out”over the alternative when we threaten it. It does, however, all seem so less frustrating after he does a complete 180 and turns on the charm. He can be so sweet and loving and gentle. He’s started saying, “hold you” when he wants to be held and tonight when Mike brought him into church after the pastor was done speaking and we were singing, he raised his hand to the music the way he saw some people doing around us. Oh, that boy just snatches my heart so often. He also knows how to “work” us, especially when he is in trouble. He gets this look on his face that Mike and I can’t help but laugh at. How can you scold a toddler when you are laughing hysterically? I always described Braeden as unique and different than any child I’d ever met. Mikey is just the same, but possessing his own adorable traits.
Here is Mikey discovering his Birthday present from Mommy and Daddy. How do you like his outfit? Quite the fashion statement a swimmie diaper, undershirt and sandals are. He did enjoy himself outside with his Birthday presents, but I think the mosquitoes enjoyed HIM more than anything. He must be mildly allergic because once he gets bit, the bites swell up. He’s got bumps behind both ears, on both thighs, and on his forehead that he’s been scratching. Poor guy, he’ll be immune to benadryl before long!
On the note of unconditional love, in the past 2 days, I’ve been puked on and peed on. Most of you know that I’ve inherited my Mom’s very weak stomach. BUT, when its your child, it hardly fazes you. We’ve learned that although he can chew gum (sugarless of course) for hours without swallowing it, he needs to spit it out before wrestling with his big brother. Also, swimmie diapers don’t work so great or at least don’t hold the pee, when dry.
As cheesy as it is, I found a verse to a particular song that is so fitting for how Mike and I are feeling lately. Can you guess what recent movie its from (hint- I saw it with Braeden).
“Caterpillar in the tree, how you wonder who you’ll be, can’t go far, but you can always dream. Wish you may and wish you might, don’t you worry hold on tight, I promise you that there will come a day- Butterfly fly away!”
Have a great week!