Thursday, June 30, 2011

I love him now, and always

It's always bittersweet when babies grow and one day you realize they're not babies anymore, and they are bona-fide toddlers.

Because babies don't climb up the playground arch ladder and go down the slide by themselves. They don't accidentally drop something, then pick it up and throw it away. They can't tell that their big brother is coming after them to steal their toy, so they flee and actually outrun him. All of which my Junebug does.

It's a little sad to say goodbye to my little 8-lb., 15-oz, 23-inch baby.

Moms are supposed to be pained at just the thought.

But I love who the Junebug is now, today on his second birthday, and I'm hopeful for the person he will grow to be.

I love that he is a talker ("I see a bee, Mom!" "I hear a bird." "I found a bug." "I caught it." "I did it!"), even if I am one of few people who can understand him.

I love that he is creative and curious and likes being around people but can still entertain himself for quite a while.

I love that different people at different times have called him "Mr. Handsome." It's his nickname.

I love how he loves Mickey Mouse, whose name he picked up soon after he started saying words.

(Even Mickey and Minnie themselves were impressed when the Junebug got to meet them in person at 18 months old and said, "Mickey Mouse!")

I love that the Junebug loves looking at books and dancing to music, which might be the same thing as holding my hands and walking in a circle.

I love that he is lovable even when he's dirty. Which is often.

One of the best things about the Junebug? He is silly.


Yeah, he fits into our family just fine.

He's a keeper. For always.

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Blogger Jen S. said...

He IS Mr. Handsome!!! Happy birthday!!

June 30, 2011 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Aw, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! "Terrible twos" is so no true. I love two! (and three! and four!)

June 30, 2011 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger Madeline said...

Sigh. So sweet. Happy Birthday, Mr. Handsome!

June 30, 2011 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger LceeL said...

Ooops. A day late. I hope you had a Happy and Joyous Birthday, Mr. Handsome. Between you and me? This 'getting older' thing? It's cool. It gets better and better as you go along. With the good start that you have - it's going to be amazing.

July 1, 2011 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger By Word of Mouth Musings said...

Could he be any cuter??? :)

July 1, 2011 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger Unknown Mami said...

Yay for JuneBug! Happy Birthday, Mr. Handsome.

July 1, 2011 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger DJ said...

Sounds like you enjoyed the big boy's birthday. Two really is a great age! Hope your all enjoying the 4th.

July 4, 2011 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger anymommy said...

I'm right there with you, loving the two year old I have. I admit though I'm missing the tiny baby a little.

July 4, 2011 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger carina@a punk, a pumpkin and a peanut said...

Happy birthday to your adorable little guy! Mine just turned two, too. :) I still think he's my baby.

July 6, 2011 at 2:51 AM  
Blogger CaraBee said...

I'm very late, but a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your Junebug! I've loved watching him grow into such a charming and, of course, handsome young lad.

Aren't they always our babies? Whether they're 2 hours or 2 years or 20?

July 6, 2011 at 10:27 PM  
Blogger Freckle Face Girl said...

Two? 2? Are you sure? I couldn't have been more than a year since he was born. Wow! Happy Birthday to the Junebug!

July 7, 2011 at 12:34 AM  
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