There is no WAY you are 2 ½ years old. At least, that is what I keep telling myself. But here are a few tidbits about you at this age for posterity:
- You are incredibly tall and incredibly verbal. Most people assume you are at least three, if not older. It’s fun that you can communicate so well and so clearly, but it is also hard that you are unfairly expected to act older than you are.
- You love your baby brother. Whenever you get near him, you hug him, kiss him, or sing to him. And if he whimpers even the littlest bit, you come looking for Mama or Daddy to implore us to “help him!”
- Tantrums have been taken to a whole new level. We aren’t sure if it’s backlash for bringing Markus home, or just being two, but we are dealing with lots of behavioral issues. A certain 7-hour battle over putting away Duplos comes to mind. The term “strong-willed” seems a little weak when trying to describe you.
- Along with that, you are incredibly bossy. If we are playing with you, and not doing it “your way,” you will command that we do something differently. We are working on this a lot, since we do want you to have friends someday!
- You got your first salon haircut last month with Mama. A little shoulder-length bob. I’d been debating it since last fall, since you have such beautiful hair for a little girl I thought I’d leave it long, but the bob looks adorable, and I’m sure it will grow out enough for a ponytail by summer.
- You still love swimming. We were at a pool with friends last weekend, and you jumped and played and splashed with Daddy to your heart’s content.
- You memorize books after one or two readings, and then recite them to us, to your “guys,” to whoever will listen. Grandma thinks this is fabulous, and she has some videos of you “reading” to her.
- You know your numbers and most of your letters by sight. I understand the numbers thing, because we’ve done some working with magnetic numbers on the fridge, putting them in order and such. But the letters? Somehow, without my prodding, you seem to have learned to identify them and what sound they make. One less thing for me to teach, I guess!
- You love sweets. Just like Mama, you have a sweet tooth—anything with carbs makes you happy.
- You are still interested in trying new foods all the time, and are rarely picky. Sometimes you go through phases where you won’t eat a certain food, but by the next week you’ve gotten over it. We are SO thankful for this, because it gives us foodies the ability to cook and order what we want and just share it with you.
- You sleep from 9/9:30 at night until 8:30 or 9 in the morning, and take a two-hour nap in the afternoon (once you get yourself to sleep, that is, which sometimes takes two hours of talking to yourself).
- You are very mother-y, constantly feeding or swaddling or reading to your babies and stuffed animals.
- At the same time, you are rough-and-tumble, almost like a little boy. You have boundless energy, and you never walk anywhere, only jump and run.
- You make up the most marvelous stories, which always make us smile. And your one-liners are pretty fabulous as well.
Anja, even though you challenge us daily, we are so thankful you are our daughter, and we look forward to the years ahead!