Friday, April 29, 2011

What 2 Years Means To Me.....

Well, its here. My baby girl turns two at 7:30pm tomorrow night....23 hours from right now. I never thought I would be so emotional about this, and now here I am reminiscing about all the amazing memories we have made with Maddy the past 2 years. Memories I never want to let go of.

4 years ago if someone had asked me when I was going to have a baby I would have told them "not any time soon!". I was content in my own little world, coming and going as I pleased. Dan and I were enjoying married life as if we were still dating - staying out to all hours of the night, picking up extra projects at work without having to "plan" them, pretty much doing what we wanted when we wanted. I was always the type that wanted to be independent, not have to be tied to a strict schedule, thinking I might just get through life without having a child.

When we finally decided to have a baby I was still having reservations, and honestly when I found out I was pregnant I was scared beyond scared! Its funny how fast things change when you see your child for the first time during an ultrasound. Instantaneously I was in love, deeply in love. Her little feet, her little hands, her little mouth blowing bubbles - she was a ball of love and perfection growing in my belly.

My world changed for the better because of my daughter. I am proud, honored and happy to say I'm a stay at home mom {working here and there of course, I couldnt give it all up!}. Being able to stay home with her is a privilege that I should thank my wonderful husband for more often. Not many people are able to stay home with their children, and I thank my lucky stars every day that I have been able to be with her almost every day for the past two years.

Every day she teaches me how to be a better Mom, how to be patient, respectful and open to learning new things. I truly think that children are the greatest teachers out there. Had I not become a Mom I would still be stuck living for myself, not reaching out to others as much as I do now, and not living life to its fullest. Maddy brings a special light to my life and has made me grow in ways I never thought possible.

So, here on her second birthday I just wanted to thank my Punkin' in writing. And share with you a little of what I am putting in her "Baby Book" on this, her 2nd birthday.

Happy Birthday Maddy Ry,

Today you are TWO! And I cant believe it! Seems like just a couple of weeks ago you were a newborn, all snuggled up on my chest like a little tree frog. Laying there all comfy and content, not realizing that the day you were born you changed my life forever, for the better. I fell for you the moment I laid eyes on you, so perfect in all your baby new-ness with your soft tuft of red hair, blue eyes and perfect little cry. Dada and I will never be able to put the feeling we had into words that do it justice, but that day you melted our hearts and made the bond between all of us so much stronger, and you did it all in an instant. And every day since then you have somehow managed to strengthen that bond even more. You are one truly magical little girl. Being a parent has been the single most rewarding thing I (and I'm sure Dada will agree) have ever done. Having the ability to watch and help you to grow and mature fills my heart with joy.  Never in a million years did I think time would go by this fast. Literally in the blink of an eye you have grown into a beautiful, energetic, sweet, lovable, independent and happy 2 year old. The baby in you is slowing fading away, which brings tears to my eyes {I'm trying to type through tears so bear with me}, but no matter what you'll always be mine and Dada's Little Buddha Looda Punkin' Head. We love you to the moon and back, and then some more....
xoxo Dada and Momma xoxo

I wanted to share what the past two years with you has been like:

In the Past Two Years You...

Grew from 8lbs. 2oz to 30lbs.
Stretched from 21.5 inches to 38.5 inches.
Went from communicating with squeaks and cries to speaking 5 word sentences.

Have shown me what an infectious smile really looks like.
Taught me how important it is to be patient, and to not sweat the small stuff.

Learned your ABC's and 123's (all the way to 15, forwards and backwards!)
Went from 10 strands of curly red hair to a full head of gorgeous strawberry blonde curls that   stretch to your shoulder blades.
Have become your own little person, inside and out. Your personality blossoms more each day.

Lost your big chubby baby cheeks, legs, and wrists, all the things that defined you as a baby.
Have become so social and outgoing, every person you meet you greet with a smile and a big "Hi!'
Have given us 7,000+ dirty diapers to change!
Taught me what it is to love unconditionally.

Proved to me that there is someone out there more picky than me when it comes to food.
Given me the ability to love you more and more each day.
Manage to keep us laughing all day long with your crazy giggles and funny sayings.
Taught me how to make up silly songs about food to get you to eat.
Reminded me that the tickle monster does exist.
Have given me someone to snuggle with and give my goodnight kisses to every night.

Have shown me how to enjoy the little things in life that I thought I outgrew, like catching snowflakes on my tongue and picking dandelions.
Have shown me that giggling uncontrollably cures almost anything.
Proved to me that things I used to think were impossible ARE possible with a little perseverance.

And most of have given me 730 INCREDIBLY AMAZING days to be your Mom, something I cherish with all my heart and can't wait to add to. 

This is just a tid-bit of the Baby Book mushy-ness. I saved the real fluffy detailed stuff for the eyes of my family only. For those of you out there with kids I'm sure you know what I'm talking about with all that I mentioned above. I feel like I have been blessed with the best gift one could ever receive. And as much as I am going to miss the "baby" days, I cant wait to watch her grow up, and to explore her world with her.

Ok, back to decorating the house for tomorrows that I've written a novel and made myself cry!

Anyone have any tissues??


Anonymous said...

well done katie love Auntie jayne

Erin said...

You have an awesome story about Madison! After the week I had I really am happy to read the joy a mommy has for being able to be a mommy!

Mrs. TractHer TrailHer said...

This is so special! I can tell she has you wrapped around her little fingers. She's such a cutie!

LillysNLollipops said...

She's so cute! I love her red hair! My daughter will be 2 in feb. I can't believe it. Time has flown by way to fast.

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