Tomorrow I will be a mom of a three year old. I am not for sure where time has gone. A few days have felt like a decade and all the others have felt like a Nano second. All in all, the days have added up to a lot of great memories. We have come a long way baby (screaming baby)! There have been challenges but also a time of great milestones and imagination. We have moved from me stressing out as to whether a “heaping” scoop versus a “full” scoop of formula would kill you. Heck, now you eat dirt and your own boogers. I used to be tortured by your Dad looking for all of the answers to our questions in the What to Expect the First Year book. You don’t know how lucky you are to still have your Dad…I had many images of using that book as a deadly weapon during our 2 AM quests for knowledge about poop, screaming, eating, snot, etc. Now, we just go with the flow and hope for the best.
Every day this week my toddler has asked me “is it my birthday yet?” Followed by “I want my birthday!”, “I want to be three!” and “I need my birthday party!” Before we venture into 3s there are a few things I want to always remember about you being two. Everyone says the twos are terrible, but I found them to be terrific!
- You have been blessed with great health. One ear infection all year! I guess boogers are great for the immune system.
- Your second birthday party started out with a major flood. The Dino theme party I planned for you was saved when the sun finally popped through the rain clouds. You never even noticed that the rain messed up the dino dig I had planned for your special day. I’m still ticked about it and now own more plastic dino skeltons than I care to admit.
- This year you have road on planes, trains, a boat, a four-wheeler, a golf cart, a Gator (not the animal), a replica of the Nina, a Ferris wheel, a hot air balloon, an elephant, and a camel.
- You have fed ducks (got bit by one), turtles, donkeys, goats, peacocks, fish, and a lama.
- We have been to the beach twice…which you love and instantly turn into a pirate the minute you feel the sand between your toes. “Arrghh”! You have visited museums, zoos, and aquariums. You have seen a play (okay it wasn’t Broadway…it was Elmo Live) and a dino exhibit. You attended your first WKU sports event…Go TOPS! You were the only kid that hated Shrek on Ice.
- You took a drink from the Fountain of Youth (I was hoping it would keep you two for forever!), splashed at water parks and made your first snowman.
- You have a new fascination with superheroes and getting the “mean men”. You even can cast a pretty good Spiderman web. You also gain superhuman strength each time you put on your Batman or Spiderman PJs.
- You started the twos out in diapers and sleeping in my bed. Now you’re a big boy wearing underoos and sleeping in your own bed. You are the proud owner of 250 Hot Wheels that I bought off of Ebay and used to reward you each time you used the potty. Now I want to hit myself each time I step on one of those darn cars. We have mastered potty training, now if you will just quit dropping your pants and peeing everywhere and stop watering my landscape with your urine…it will be a complete success.
- You had your first trip to the dentist. All that torturing you with brushing your teeth-paid off! However, you did make me look like an idiot because I didn’t realize you had a gash in your gums from where you fell down the day before. But you clearly articulated to the doctor what happened when she asked. Mother of the year here!
- You have learned so many words and repeated a few that I shouldn’t have said!! Some you have worn out like the word “why”. Others you have your own way of saying them…here are a few of my favorite.
- Orrrange and Raannnnch (with a French accent)
- You call your boots “boops” and your hat “hook”.
- Your “yessss” has such a definite hiss to it.
- Who can resist your “sorrrrrwey” and “pleeeaze”?
- We need to work on your grammar -“Yes I is” “No me Not” and “Me Am” will only be cute for a few more years.
- Cooper is “Pooper” which has some symbolism
- You had your first brain freeze. You didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. I laughed until I cried.
- You have had your first crush on a girl.
- You attended your first “friend” birthday party.
- We built you a fort that probably could qualify as taxable living quarters.
- You love to celebrate. You were excited for Halloween, but mad at me when your costume was a pirate bird, and not a real pirate outfit. You said you were “just a bird, not a pirate”.
- You had a blast at Christmas. The drums you wanted for months was a real hit and you named your band the “Mud Truck Band”. Maybe one day “Mudtruck” will be in flashing lights!
- You can count, you know your shapes, and we are working on ABCs.
- You are obsessed with anything construction and especially enjoyed watching our new home being built.
- You love going to Pop’s Farm to feed the donkeys. You have even claimed it as “your farm”.
- You become very attached to your tennis shoes. You don’t like to change. I had to throw away your Car tennis shoes in a dumpster in another state so you couldn’t get them out of the trash to wear.
- You are proof that a human can live off of juice, pop tarts, nuggets, mac & cheese, and fruit for two years now.
- You have a memory like an elephant which is a reminder to me to always strive for positive days to yield great memories.
- You love to be on the move and you adore your family. You have a carefree way of enjoying them for just who they are and never seeing their short comings. I hope you always keep that spirit.
- You love your “Titty Tat” (cat) but deep down you wish she acted more like a dog.
- You have been mad at Santa ever since I told you he took your Christmas tree down. I passed the blame to Old St. Nick because you were disappointed and you are still asking when he is bringing it back. Surprise….it will be back in late November! You also hated the Elf on the Shelf which worked out great for me because I couldn’t ever remember to move the stupid thing. You were mad because he made messes and bothered your toys. So we decided he would just set on the shelf and not move.
- On those few long days when we have had a time out…I can’t help but laugh when you are sitting in the timeout chair and yelling at me at the top of your lungs that “I is a good boy now”. Your tone is not so convincing. You now try to put us in timeout if we do something you don’t like.
- You think kisses from girls, including me, are yuck…but I steal them from you anyway.
- You try to tell jokes and crack yourself up. I have to admit “Hey Mom you have a fat elbow” is pretty funny when you say it. As long as you don’t say I have a fat rear end…I’ll keep laughing at your jokes.
There are so many more good times, but these are a sampling of ones I always want to savor in my spoon. I can’t wait, my dearest Coop, to see what adventures and fun the age of three will bring. Thank you for all the joy and excitement you bring to our life. You certainly keep us laughing and are a constant reminder that my spoon runneth over.
Today my spoon is full of fond memories of the not so terrible twos.