Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday

To my darling Jacinta,

One hundred and four weeks.

Twenty four months.

Two years.

Its hard to believe that you turned two today sweetie. It doesnt seem like two years since I held you in my arms for the very first time, and yet as I look at you I no longer see a baby, but a happy, determined, loving, and gorgeous little girl.

9 days

11 1/2 months

22 1/2 months

You have grown up so much over the last month.

You have your Dummy, Blanket aqnd Ethel (your doll) at sleep times, and often add your little doll, teddy, and other dolls to the collection you take to bed. I dont like you having your dummy out of bed though. You dont actually suck on it, and the dribble just runs everywhere!

You have toilet trained yourself over the past few weeks. You take yourself off to the potty whenever you need to go.

You have this little routine you follow - You pull of your pants and your 'knickies', where ever you happen to be when the urge to go presents itself. You then collect them up, take them all the way to your bedroom, throw them in the door, and then head to the potty in the bathroom. When you are finished I have to remind you to go and get them again to be put back on - you would happily continue playing with out getting dresssed again.

I still put a nappy on you for sleep times, but often when you wake you have pulled it off yourself and it is still dry. Once you are out of a cot, and can get yourself to the toilet if needed, I dont think we will need nappies during the day at all. Some days I pop your matress on the floor so you can get to the potty if you need to. So far you have stayd on there and slept well.

I sorted through all your nappies the other day and packed them away.

It was a little bitter sweet - I loved using cloth nappies, but Im so proud of you now being nappy free.

You have started drinking out of a proper cup a lot of the time now, but I often fill your sports bottle with water during the day so you can help yourself when you are thirsty.

Your language skills have exploded. You chatter away all day. You construct sentences, ask questions, and express how you are feeling. Occasionally there are bits and pieces that we dont understand, but you will usually get your message across eventually.

You love helping Mummy - especially hanging out the washing on the line. It takes twice as long with your help, as you insist on handing me every item from the basket, and telling me who it belongs to. It is very sweet that you want to help though! You are great at packing your toys away, and you like things to be in their place. You are alwasy putting the boys wii controllers away on the cupboard when they leave them on the floor, and are always picking up the remote controls and bringing them to me to put up.

You are beginning to show uncertainty of noises. You ask " noise Mummy?" about a million times a day as you hear things you are unsure of. Even things that you hear every day are questioned.

Isaac started Kindy a few weeks ago, and although you miss him on his two days away, and are baffled as to why you cannot stay at kndy as well, we have lovely days together.
We potter around the house, we have visited your great Nannas, had friends over for coffee, done some shopping - all the things that are so much easier with only one little one to wrangle! Our home days are peaceful and you sleep well with out the noise of others in the house.

You have spent a couple of nights away from home now. One at Grandmas and the other at Nannas. You slept well both times and were really good. One of your favourtite things is bath time.
Im sure if you were given half a chance you would have ten baths a day. You and Isaac splash around and giggle and chat. The only part you dont like is having to get out!

You are a sensitive little thing, and dont like being growled at. You are starting to assert yourself more now, although it is usually pretty easy to convince you to do something, even after you say NO ! If I say no to something you want, you will start yelling it at me determined to get your own way "want chocky Mummy"- lets just say going to the shops can be rather challenging if your in a mood like that! You are still a pretty good eater, although are starting to get a bit more picky. You LOVE chocolate and cakes, will only drink water and milk and are always telling me you are hungry - it usually goes something like this - "mum I hungy, pease mummy I hungy, I wan toast, mummy get it toast pease mummy" and wanting food. You are really good at using your manners. "Pease", "sank oo Mummy", "sowwy Mummy".

Your Birthday celebrations...
Your turning two was celebrated over a few days. On your actual birthday you woke up to presents to open with Mummy, Nathan & Isaac. (Daddy and Caleb were already gone, and with confirmation/cricket/footy etc after school there wasnt gong to be a time when we were all here together!)

We gave you a dolls house, with some dolls and bedroom furniture and a drawing wallet.

Auntie Vic, Georgia, Bailey & Aunite Jode came for coffee and cake in the morning, and Grandma & Grandpa arrived just in time for the cake.
It was hillarious, and SO cute, the way you held your face when the candles were lit - it was like you had never seen candles or cake in your whole life!

Auntie Jode gave you a Barbie doll and some more furniture for the dolls house, Auntie Vic gave you a dolls pram and play jewellery and Grandma & Grandpa gave you dolls house furnture as well. You also opened some lovely clothes from your Godmother Alison.
In the afternoon there was another cake with Jess, Luke, Riley, Auntie Jode, Nathan & Daddy, and another little cupcake with a candle once Caleb got home!

The next day you had a little party with your friends Sarah and Sophie (and their older sisters)a few decorations, some mini food - mini hotdogs, butterfly shaped chesse and fruit platters, mini cheesles, mini cupcakes and the birthday cake. All very cute, and a nice relaxed celebration.

It was so cute to watch with your presents once everyone left. Gorgeous girly dress ups, jewellery and a bag - you wanted to try it all on - at once and dance around the room.

Then on Sunday we had yet another cake with our family and Nanna & Pappa, Auntie Mandy, Uncle John & Rhiannon.
Nathan baked this cake all by himself and helped with the decorating. Nanna & Pappa gave you a push along roller toy, plush butterfly bag and a little angel figurine, and from Mandy, John, Jason & Rhianon you got a fairy dress and crown. You were a very lucky girl and got lots of lovely presents.

As much as it saddens me to say goodbye to the sweet baby that you have been, Im really loving watching the gorgeous little girl you are becoming, and sweeite, my heart bursts everytime you whisper "uvv you Mummy", wrap those arms around me and plant a noisy kiss on my face.

I love you so much.
Big hugs
Mummy xxxx


Natalie said...

Happy Birthday to your DD. Looks like she had a wonderful day and lovely parties! I can't believe Cheriese is turning 2 next month.... I'm looking at my little miss wondering how she grew up from my little baby girl so quickly!

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Anonymous said...

Love this post Nic! Jacinta is going to treasure these letters and beautiful photos when she grows up :)