At the pool for your swimming lesson last weekend, I couldn’t take my eyes off you.
Knowing that your second birthday was just a few days away, I couldn’t help but get a tad, okay a lot, sentimental and marvel over what a big (little) girl you are now.
Standing on the side of the pool, you looked down at me in the water with a massive grin on your face, the dimples in your cheeks working overtime.
Your hazel eyes sparkled with excitement as you looked intently into my own hazel eyes.
You paid no attention to the other kids in your class, who slowly climbed out of the pool to stand in line with you. You were like an Olympic swimmer waiting for the firing gun. With your arms raised above your head, you were in the zone.
As the last child took his position on the side of the pool, the mummies and daddies began to sing.
‘Froggy froggy on the wall, fr-.’
Splash! In you jumped before the teacher finished the song leaving your classmates for dust.
‘It is important for all children to stay standing on the side of the pool until the song is finished …’ the teacher lectured.
She kept talking, but I had no idea what she said. You were too busy laughing and I was too busy telling you what a good girl you are.
Such a good little girl you are, bubba.
Whoops. Sorry, I forgot. You don’t like to be called bubba anymore.
Such a good ‘big girl’ you are.
Happy birthday, darling heart. Today, you are two.
In the past few months, your language skills have developed quickly. You’re a regular chatterbox repeating everything.
You like to have your own little conversation with your dollies as you tell them to shush and go to sleep and then sing them rock a bye baby.
‘Hello world,’ you will say to me first thing in the morning, a catchphrase you learned from me.
You are eager for me to open the blinds to see what’s happening outside.
You’re a curious little soul. You don’t like to miss out on a thing.
Anything your older sister does, you want to do too.
Nothing stops you. I love your adventurous spirit, although I wouldn’t mind if you could be a little more cautious. I’ve had more than enough scares from you jumping from heights thinking you’re invincible.
You’re an affectionate wee thing. You wrap your arms tightly around me and nestle your head on my chest. You like to give your sister a big wet kiss on the mouth. There is nothing cuter than seeing you two move in for a ‘cuddle – kissy’.
You are starting to dance. You attempt to follow your sister’s moves, but you mainly just bend over and lean forward to give that cute little tush of yours a shake. When you see The Wiggles come on TV, you go wild.
You’ve started to get into books lately. You bring your collection over to me and we sit on the couch and cuddle up. This is my favourite time of day.
I could go on all day about all of the things I love about you, but I won’t.
Thank you so much for making our lives all the more happier and brighter with your contagious smile and free spirit.
Happy birthday, darling.
Love Mummy xo
Ps. The beautiful photos of the girls were taken by our talented friend Gaye at Brisbane Commercial Photography.