Hunter: 2 years
These are a few of my favorite things.
Cuddly hugs when Hunter wakes in the morning. Needing a mommy kiss to make an owie better. The way he says diaper (dowper). The way he’ll mimic our awesome English accents. How he loves his baby sister. The kisses and hugs he gives her are the cutest. His sweetness. Although he likes to take, he loves to share and does it in such a kind way. He’ll randomly ask for a cookie out of nowhere.
How he fixes things with his tools and proudly says “screw this daddy” – of course referring to his screw driver. His cute belly. How he imitates me when I’m pumping by grabbing a funnel and pulling up his shirt. Wanting to do things by himself, even when he struggles with it. Watching him read books.
How he blows bubbles into water. Being fearless but cautionary at the same time. Swimming in the bathtub. How he brushes his 10 pearly whites, and then wants to suck all the water off his tooth brush. How all he truly needs during a tantrum is a change of scenery and love. Lots of love. The joy he gets from jumping, falling down on purpose and telling us he’s instantly okay, just to do it all over again.
Letting me sing my favorite bedtime childhood song to him while rubbing his back before bed. How he sings and knows the sound of music ‘doe a deer’ song. The way he punches the air when we’re practicing combat. How he prays at dinner. How he is always thankful for all the people in his life during his bedtime prayers.
The obsession with having his nails trimmed. The joy he gets from his big boy bed. The uncontrollable laughs he gets, the snuggly times on the couch together and tearful times too.
All my favorites. I just want to bottle them up and never let them go. These two years have been the best and I know they’ll get even better and better, although it’s hard to imagine. My mommy heart is so full.
I love you Hunter, happy (very) belated birthday!