We made it. Today our little bug turns 2 years old. Sometimes I think ‘how is that possible?’, but most of the time (like right now, while she’s 45 minutes into refusing to nap) I feel like we loved, played, worked, grew, learned, teethed, taught, explored, and basically earned these first two years really well. It’s funny. Last year, Darwin’s first birthday was really emotionally charged for me. Somehow two years, or perhaps a two  year old, changed it dramatically. This year Darwin knows it’s her birthday. She’s excited. She talks about how she’s turning two. Last year it felt as much about me and wrapping up or first year as mamas as it did about Darwin. This year, it’s all about Darwin. And that is a relief! 

This year we watched Darwin go from a crawler to a walker to a runner and a hopper. Her handful of words expanded beyond counting. She puts on her boots, but not yet most of her shoes (which are now a harder sole rather than the mostly soft, flexible baby shoes). Darwin is a sweet and thoughtful big sister, bringing Linnea toys and kisses, but not overwhelming her (most of the time). 

Right now we’re in the middle of two year molar hell. It doesn’t disrupt sleep so much as make getting to sleep even harder, and I’ve never heard a kid whine so much in a one week period in my life. I’d whine too if I had giant enamel icebergs cutting through my gums though. I will be glad when teething is over. So will Darwin. 

A few notes about what makes Darwin happy and not. 


Mac n cheese



Swinging (suddenly, after hating the swings)

Her friends

Scout and the kitties

Going for walks

Reading books


Most foods

Large groups of people

People she doesn’t know

When Linnea cries

Going to sleep

Waking up in the morning


One thought on “Two

  1. We’re a month away from our boy turning two and absolutely understand what you mean about it feeling so different to the birthday last year. Everything feels a bit more fun this year knowing he is more aware of it. Happy birthday, little one!


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