Today marks the second year of life complete for our Bea. What a great two years it has been!
Bea was born early in the morning of May 18, 2013. I held her with a second-time mother’s confidence and also a second-time mother’s love. Loving her and all of the wonderful things that came with her, came easily.
Bea was an easy babe from the start. Still to this day, it is rare for her to have an “off day”, be fussy, or to not have a toothy smile pushing up her chubby cheeks no matter what the day brings..
When she walks, she bounces, curls dancing behind her. There are two things that strangers always comment on: her smile or her curls.
The only trial she’s given us is keeping her safe. She is curious, a risk taker, and a mouther. Each day that has brought us closer to the two year mark has helped me breathe little sighs of relief as she learns boundaries and we are able to communicate more effectively with each other. Still, we have a much better ER track record with this one (0 times vs. 4 times for MG), and despite being a mouthy baby, she does stay relatively healthy.
Watching the sister relationship grow and form has always held intense interest for me. MG has played a mothering role in Bea’s life upon meeting her and it has yet to cease. Bea only half-heartedly accepts having another “mother” in her life. I think it is only as of late that she enjoys MG’s company and companionship. This is one of our most earnest prayers that their relationship will strengthen and flourish.
One thing I have noticed lately is that whenever MG is not around, Bea is a bit lost. She looks for her, asks about it, and doesn’t seem to know how to entertain herself when she realizes she is on her own. Sharing a room, I think, has brought them physically, as well as emotionally closer. They both find one another’s presence reassuring. I do not regret that decision one bit.
Bea is a great source of joy in our family. She keeps me lighthearted when I am feeling off. She shows her love with kisses and full-body hugs. She is loud and boisterous and social, in a way I find totally intriguing. I often catch her waving at strangers and they find her perma-smile nearly irresistible.
As I look ahead to year three, I anticipate many big changes coming down the lane….losing paci, potty-training, moving to a “big girl bed”, and joining us for the church service (rather than the nursery). Year three is a hard year….but I do think our joyful little girl will do just fine.
I’ll never forget the morning you joined our family. I was waiting for you with big hopes. I had spent many days hoping for you and many more hoping for your arrival. I hoped you would be many things: a daughter, a sister, and a friend.
In your two years of life, you have been a delight to our hearts. You took all of my hopes, embodied them, and then completely surpassed them. I can’t imagine there was ever an easier baby born. Your sister has taken great joy in you and that has brought great joy to me. You have brought something to our family that only a last-born child can bring…a sense of wholeness.
Your personality is one that will be envied by many. You are nearly unaffected by your surroundings, but are happy and content no matter the circumstances. You are engaging and kind to strangers, welcoming to your friends and family. I never worry about leaving you with others because I know you will just be yourself the entire time I’m away.
Your personality, and the many people that love you, will help carry you through this big year full of changes. You are eager for some of the change, I can already tell. Having a big Sis to look up to definitely gives you some hopes to aspire to. But you get to do them your own “Bea way”. That is the fun part about being the youngest.
I cannot imagine our family without you, though only two years ago, that’s where we were. In my heart, I always knew there was something missing and you came along and filled that hole right up.
I love you so very much,
sweet mama k
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