Last week our little girl turned two years old. I have got no idea where the time has gone and worryingly I fear that it only gets faster, a reminder if one was needed to enjoy every second of their childhood.
We asked her what she would like to do for her birthday, to which she replied, "go for walk in the pram...with baby Wilf". Ah if only all birthdays were so easy. She was slightly confused with Christmas since kept asking about Santa coming down the chimney every time we mentioned presents. And her only other request was for chocolate cake.
On her actual birthday the weather was still snowy so not great for a pram walk. Instead we went to Eureka! in Halifax, a lovely interactive children's museum which she really liked. We then spent the afternoon baking ready for family visits at the weekend. The kitchen has honestly never seen so much mess. Flour everywhere. But we loved every second.
She got some really lovely presents including a till which both G Kisby and I have enjoyed playing with a little bit too much (it has a tannoy man). Every morning she comes downstairs and comments with excitement,
"Ooooooh a till" like she is completely surprised to see it there, before springing into action with some pretend shopping.
So what does our favourite girl do at two years old?
Well she talks. In fact she never shuts up. Some of the sweetest things she says are,
"hang on there a minute" and "eh up, that's heavy" (could she sound any more Yorkshire?)
She knows most basic colours, counts to ten and loves to read. Her current favourites are, 'Tiger that came to tea', 'Penguin' and anything Maisy.
She never sits still, not even for a second. She loves to climb and jump - I think she might be a gymnast in the making.
Days are filled with negotiation, she is very strong willed and self assured. This means things can be hard but I wouldn't change it - it shows that she is secure and confident (that's what we are telling ourselves). And there is a hint of the drama queen about her, faux injuries are common and when she can't do something first time her frustration is shown in quite a big way.
But overall she is just ace, incredibly kind and gentle. She shares pretty well and shows lots of empathy, most regularly with Wilf whom she just loves. The minute he cries she runs over to "check baby Wilf o.k" and often finds him toys without any prompting from us.
And great fun. A really happy and smiley little girl. We have a little chat as a family in our bedroom before bed, discussing the day that has been and making plans for the next. It is just the best when she says, "love you" before snuggling down with grey rabbit.
So happy birthday gorgeous girl!