Dear Mary Grace,
It is so hard to believe that you were born two whole years ago! In some ways it feels like two weeks ago, and in other ways, I can't remember what life was like before you arrived.
My mind boggles at how much you've learned and grown in two years. You've gone from a tiny, helpless baby to a little girl. You can walk, run, and "tippy toe." You can talk. You sing and dance. You eat sushi. You pick out your own "cute suits." You accessorize...
I have learned so much from you. I've learned so much about myself. I'm sorry for all the moments when I've lost my cool. I'll probably screw up a few more times between now and when you have kids and understand. Try not to be too hard on me.
You are so funny. I love seeing the world through your eyes. I love watching you learn and grow and discover. Your mind is like a sponge - you're absorbing things so quickly that your dad and I can't keep up. Almost every day we're looking at each other and saying, "Where did she pick that up?"
Nothing has changed my life the way that having you has changed me. It's almost as though I was born the day that you were born. I am so lucky to be your mother.
Here's the checklist I started doing when you were a baby:
Your favorite toy for playing is: anything that you can line up, mostly your Crayon Friends
Your favorite toy for snuggling is: Biscuit the Cat, but after you get your new Lola doll tomorrow, that may change
Your favorite food is: string cheese
Your favorite book is: Winnie the Pooh (and it's really long and Dad and I are tired of it, please switch!)
Your favorite activity is: dancing
Your favorite place to go is: the zoo
Your best friend is: Grandma
Something new that you're doing: singing
Something you've mastered: opening the refrigerator door, walking up and down stairs
Something people say about you: "What pretty curly hair!" "What beautiful eyes!" and they never believe that you're your age, because you talk like a 4 year old
Something that you're saying is: What aren't you saying? Your vocabulary is better than some adults I know!
Something Dad and I are proud of you for: you are turning into quite a world traveler, and you do very well on trips. You have been to France, Texas, Florida, Washington D.C., and Chicago, so far, as well as several more local "day trips" around here.
Something surprising about you: how much you're talking!
I love you, Cuppycake!