Happy birthday! Has it really been two years since I first saw your little face? It was love at first sight, and I've only fallen more deeply in love with you, every day since.
At two, you are one of the most fun people I know. From the time you were a newborn, you've always had a great sense of humor. Back then, it was an uncanny amused look in your eyes. Now it is the silly jokes you tell me about Bear and Doll, and how they went "Poo!" You love making us smile.
The other thing that really stands out for me is the incredible tenderness and compassion you show toward others. If Sissy gets hurt, you cry. If you see that one of us has a "boo-boo" you insist on giving it a kiss. You've always been very affectionate, but it's been beautiful to see you use that affection to bring comfort to others. I especially love how tenderly you care for your baby dolls. Just yesterday, you carried one of your many babies into Mommy and Daddy's room, shushing her all the way. You tucked her on Mommy's side of the bed, closed the door, and put your finger to you lips and shushed me, lest I wake her.
You love your sister so much. When Mommy or Daddy puts you in your crib at night, you roll over and smile at her. If you can't sleep, your little cry of "Sissy!" can be heard throughout the house. You are such a good friend already, and Therese loves you so much!
I admire you so much for how determined you are, working so hard to learn to walk and talk. You are NOT a quitter!
Finally, I would be remiss if I failed to mention your incredible love for "Jee-us!" especially your tendency to blow kisses at any building that even vaguely resembles a church. You remind me to tell Jesus "hi," too.
I love you so much, my little Thumper (so named by Daddy for the sound your cute little feet make when you walk around the house). It is a joy and an honor to be your mother.
All my love,
*All photography courtesy of Amy Garro.