When Hailey's first birthday arrived, we were so happy. We made it. We survived! Don't get me wrong, it was not a miserable year. We had a lot of good times that year also, but it can be a challenge to overcome so much all at once. To adapt. We had a huge bash for Hailey's birthday last year. We celebrated with family and friends that were on the journey with us. It was a celebration for them as well. We had all learned so much that year and we were so proud and in love with Hailey.
This last year has been different. I didn't dread her birthday this year. I didn't get the huge emotional wave that I did on her first birthday. The memories are still quite vivid. I can almost replay every minute of her birth and first day, but the rawness doesn't exist. This year has been fun. More and more of Hailey's personality has emerged. We are getting a true glimpse of who Hailey is. In her mannerisms, her play, her interaction with people. I have been truly excited for today. So excited that my little girl has turned 2!
So what does Hailey do on her 2nd birthday? Not a lot. Everything is much lower key this year! She had swim lessons this morning with big brother. She is napping now with Daddy. This evening she will have a huge plate of spaghetti with tomato sauce (one of her favorite foods...just make sure you have time to give her a bath afterwards). She will finish the night off with cake and presents with mom, dad, and her two brothers. She'll spend today like most of her days....laughing a lot, sharing loads of kisses and making as many messes as humanly possible!
Here's to celebrating 2! I love you more than you will ever know baby girl!
|Having a lengthy conversation with Papaw on her play phone.|
|Putting her baby down for a nap...complete with blanket that she covered the baby's head with.|
|She seems quite happy that she has full control of the remote control.|