Our little sweetheart turns TWO today. Unbelievable! I started writing Olive’s birth story to share here (which I’ve never done!) but I’ve got cupcakes in the oven and lots of chores and emails to handle so it will have to be posted anther day!
Today, I wanted to share another love note to my little girl. Hope you don’t mind.
My dearest Olive,
Happy birthday baby!! I simply can’t believe you’re two years old. Well sometimes I can. I honestly cannot imagine life without you so in some ways, I feel like you’ve always been with me. But most of the time I’m in a state of shock as time whizzes by and you keep getting bigger and lovelier by the moment.
Since you won’t remember much of anything of yourself at this age, let me tell you all about you at two. You are a complete and utter joy to me and your Daddy. You are so full of life and energy and laughter. You love to dance and run and jump and play. You could go down the slide at the park all day long (and sometimes you do). The swings still aren’t your favorite, though. No matter how often you ask to be put in them, it’s only three or four swings before you abruptly tell me that you’re finished with them. You love the beach and the sand and you aren’t afraid to get dirty. You’ve helped me loosen up about this, too. You love shoes and you are constantly pointing your shoes out to strangers when you meet them in the store. “Shoes! Shoes!” you excitedly exclaim as you point down at your sparkly Toms or shiny boots or Saltwater sandals. When we get dressed in the morning, you love picking out the perfect pair for the day (although I admit I often steer you away from the patent leather dress shoes and toward the sturdier options). You are an incredible talker and chat with us all day long. You have an extensive vocabulary and surprise us with how well you can repeat things back to us after hearing them only one or two times. You are sensitive and empathetic. When you see me wince or even cry (as you did recently), you come over with furrowed brows and say, “No cry, Mommy. It’s okay!” You hug me tightly and rub my back and kiss me until I show you my smile. I thank God for giving you such a sweet nature and kind spirit and I know you will share so much love with others as you grow older.
You are daring when you’re with Daddy — you can jump off of anything if he’s within arm’s reach and love to rough house with him. But you find a few things frightening, like Ursula on the Little Mermaid ride at Disney’s California Adventure. You declared that “too scary” and buried your head in my chest until the ride was over. You are a great eater and have never been picky. Even if you refuse something (to test us?), you will try it when sternly asked and almost always ask for more. I love watching you devour a bowl of Japanese-style pork curry or my homemade Thai coconut-lemongrass soup (tom kha gai). Despite our initial efforts, we caved and have let you watch a little bit of media here and there (on Netflix or on the iPad in a desperate situation). Your favorites are Peppa Pig and the Leap Frog learning videos, so we lucked out there. You also adore Dumbo and the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. You love music and always want me to sing to you, or with you. You can sing “Let it Go” and “Do You Wanna Build a Swowman” from Frozen and Daddy and I die laughing when I say “Go away Anna!” and you hang your head and say “Okay bye….” like in the song. It cracks us up that you can already “act” and get the meaning behind the words we’re singing. You also love singing “Baby Mine” from Dumbo and “Jesus Loves Me.”
You love your extended family and have a great group of local and hometown friends. I am thankful that you are growing up alongside so many wonderful kiddos. We are blessed by our community! Your closest friend is probably Jetta from church, and you get uncontrollably excited whenever you see her. I love seeing the two of you girls together! Although you have always been pretty social, you’ve been a bit more clingy with me lately. I know it’s just a phase so in the meanwhile, I’m enjoying the extra snuggles and cuddles. I hope that even when you’re older, I can be a source of comfort for you, turning your eyes and heart to the great Comforter, our God.
Olive, you have turned our lives upside down in the very best way and we thank God for you every single day. We pray as a family at bedtime each night and I still get choked up thinking about how long we prayed for you. The fact that you are here now, for us to hold and laugh and learn with… it is such an amazing blessing and joy. As you grow older, I pray you will come to know our Lord and I pray that your Daddy and I will be strong examples and encouragers to you. As you graduate from babyhood, I think it’s only natural that I have been wondering if God has a sibling in store for you. I catch myself being fearful or anxious about how life will/would be if you were an only child. I know these worries are fruitless. Although we are praying daily for another little one to add to our family, I hope you always know that you are so special and precious to us. I know that whatever the Lord decides for our family, it will be the best. For now, I will continue to strive to pour out my heart and energy and love into your life. I know I will make lots of stumbles and mistakes along the way but know that I will always do my best. Whenever you read this, I hope you can get just a glimpse of how loved and treasured you are. You are such a gift, sweet Olive. I love you with all my heart and everything I am.
I hope you’re all having a wonderful day; I’m off to frost some cupcakes! See you again soon!