This week Juniper threw epic crying fits for the following reasons:
1. My hair was too crazy.
2. She neededÂ to take home a middle grade chapter book at the library.
3. Daddy was being mean. (Daddy did literally nothing.)
This is two.
Two is also wispy hair that makes the teeniest ponytail, a new imaginary friend who she cares for and tortures, and cute catch phrases like, â€œJu-per loooooves that; itâ€™s Ju-perâ€™s fave-itâ€ which is said for nearly everything.
Between Babyhood and Toddlerhood
Two is funny because we are stuck somewhere between baby and toddler. When she gets tired, she still wants to curl up in my arms and when she loses her pacifier in the night she still calls for us to make it right. We wander in bleary-eyed in that same stupor that brought us into her room when she was just a few weeks old. But the next morning she is back to her regular self, independent and demanding. This girl starts the mornings at full volume with so much to say. I shake my head thinking that there was ever a time I worried about the number of words she would say.
Juniper has so many ideas of what we should do together, and when she reallyÂ wants to do them, she mimics my encouraging tone with eyes wide and voice higher, getting as close to my face as she can. She wears socks on her hands every day (itâ€™s a thing) and will only wear her black dress shoes no matter the weather. One week she loves oranges so I buy oranges, the next week â€œJu-per donâ€™t ike orangesâ€. Itâ€™s ever-changing, frustrating, hilarious, and heart-warming all at once.
Parenthood is Crazy Like That
Iâ€™m not sure what comes next (okay, three, obviously), but Iâ€™m in no hurry. For the number of times I am willing the clock to get to 12:30 pm so I can put her down for a nap, an equal number of times I will find myself watching old videos of her 10 minutes after sheâ€™s asleep. Parenthood is crazy like that. We crave our independence and when we have it, we miss our babies. Itâ€™s really the whole process of growing up and letting go on a miniature scale.
But I donâ€™t have to worry about that right now. Any minute Juniper will wake up from her nap and come wandering out of her room, hair crazy, blanket dragging behind her. She will climb up onto my lap and I will enjoy the 15 seconds of blissful snuggles she gives me before she reaches out for my keyboard and makes an attempt at deleting this entire blog. This is two.
Photos above from Juniperâ€™s second birthday (cactus themed) at Mayflower Greenhouse in Hobart. Taco bar catered by Moes, amazing sugar cookies by Tinaâ€™s Cookie Corner, and tower of itty-bitty succulents by my talented mom.