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To My Son On His 2nd Birthday


Two years ago today I held you in my arms for the first time and I have had the best seat in the house for watching you grow every day since. You are such a special boy and I am so blessed that you came to this world through me. 

While I am excited to watch you grow, there are things about your toddler years that I never want to forget. Here are just a few: 

  • You are a happy person. I wish you could know yourself as this happy child forever, just in case life ever makes you doubt. 
  • When I say, "I love you, Miles," you say, "I yuv you, Mommy." 
  • When we are driving, one of your favorite things to say from your carseat is, "Hi Mommy. Hi Mommy. Hi Mommy!" 
  • You wake up in the morning by yelling for Mommy and Daddy and I secretly love that sound even if I do need more sleep. 
  • Every night you lay your head on my shoulder right after your story and just before I put you in bed. You always pause there for a few seconds while I tell you that I love you. When I put you in bed, you point to the floor next to the bed and demand, "Mommy, seet down!" 
  • When Mommy does "seet down," you snuggle your head on your Mickey Mouse while I rub your hair and tell you to have "big dreams, nice dreams." 
  • You think that one should count to five before jumping into the pool, not three. Maybe you need the extra two to build up your courage. 
  • You like to reach your hands around your sister when she is strapped into her swing and declare, "I hold her!" 
  • You love milk! I mean you really love milk. You march into the kitchen and demand, "I need Batman milk!!!.... Pease?" I serve your milk in a Batman thermos naturally. You also really love "bunny cackers" but they are a distant second to Batman milk. 
  • You love the Avengers, especially Caca America!  
  • Your dad taught you to pee standing up by yelling, "Ready? Aim! Fire!" 
  • You love to do yoga with Mommy and you are really good at it. You know all the poses by their animal names. You march onto the mat and declare, "I do stetching!" Meaning stretching. And you like to do it with music on.
  • When we are walking a long distance, you often turn to us and say, "I run!" Then you tuck your elbows in, swing your arms from side to side, and run! 
  • You dance! You love to dance to They Might Be Giants' childrens albums and what you call "boos music," or blues music. You dance like you are stirring a big pot. You bend your knees and move your hips and sway. I wish for you to dance with that kind of joy and abandon in perpetuity. 

 I yuv you, Miles. 

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Reader Comments (2)

Happy Happy Birthday Miles! And congratulations to mommy and daddy for making it through another year!

This is such a sweet note. He's going to love knowing all of these things about his toddler self when he's older.

July 26, 2012 | Registered CommenterNathalee

This was so sweet, it made me tear up. I currently have my first baby in my belly and I can't wait for these milestones, and to see my baby grow up and tell me s/he yuvs me. :)

July 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

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