Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dear Jude: two

Dear Judesy,

Happy second birthday, my love!!!  I am in disbelief that my baby is two!  You have been such a light to our family these past two years that while it seems ridiculous that you could be two, it also seems like you've been here all along. I know that doesn't make sense, but it will to you someday when you have your own babies. 

Here, in Belfast, they don't do well child exams so we don't know your weight and height. Apparently the queen of England doesn't care that I've kept meticulous records of your percentiles this far!  We do have a little measuring thing in your room and if it's accurate you are about 36 inches. Either way, you are a big two year old, everyone here thinks you are at least three. Your speech and motor skills are pretty advanced and you love to keep up with your brother, so maybe that's why you seem older. 

This past month your inner artist has exploded. Coloring and playing with play-doh are your absolute favorite things to do. You are so cute about it, you clear off your little table and bring everything to the counter and then sit down and look at us and demand to either "color purple," or "play play-doh!"  You are really good about cleaning up after yourself and always put everything back together just so.  You love to read books. It's getting a bit extreme, you wanted me to read to you at 4:30 yesterday morning. I said no. You are also obsessed with "Bubble Guppies" and "Yo Gabba Gabba."

You are becoming more particular about what you eat, but still eat pretty well. Your favorites right now are: Popsicles, anything made from a potato, innocent juice smoothies, oranges, and chocolate. You love using a fork or spoon, and handle them very well. 

Judes, you talk really well and can communicate all of your needs, wishes, and demands either verbally or in caveman speak. You've recently decided to call Liam "Dibba," which is hilarious and a bit confusing. You can say both Liam and brother very clearly, but prefer your little pet name for him. 

You despise the rain cover to your stroller and wearing socks in bed but you love shoes and will take them off just for the joy of putting them back on.  You cannot stand to have your face or nose wiped but love washing your hands and brushing your teeth. You cannot play with a ball without throwing it, and you have a great arm. You don't have a quiet bone in your body, all of your volumes are loud. If you start crying you prefer to continue for a long period of time even when the reason you are crying has been eradicated. You hate having your diaper changed and love bath time. You prefer to put your lotion on by yourself and daddy must put it in your hands a certain way. You love throwing away trash and pulling out all of my cooking utensils and dragging them across the floor.  Basically, you are two to the bone these days. 

Judesy Roe, it's hard to put into words just how awesome you are and how much you are loved. You are such a sweet little love. You are sensitive and concerned about the people around you. You are already very creative and a great problem solver. Your daddy and I are madly in love with you. You are a charming wee lad, so much so that your trouble making nature in endearing. I'm so very proud of you and you cannot imagine just how thankful I am that you were born and you are ours to raise and nurture. Happy birthday darling, we love you very, very, very, very, much! 

Love you forever, and ever,