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Happy Birthday, Baby of Mine!

Today, my Little Pumpkin turns two years old, and I have mixed feelings about it.

5 weeks old
Five weeks

I'm not afraid of the “terrible twos.” I do not fear toddler tantrums or bad behavior.

I am afraid of her growing independence. I'm afraid of letting go. I'm scared of the hurts I know will come, and I'm scared because I won't be able to fix them.

Seven months
Seven months

I'm happy that she constantly challenges herself to do better, get bigger, and learn more. She was an early walker, an early talker, and an early climber. She wants to do everything before she's supposed to.

I am sad that childhood is fleeting, and I'm sad that she won't understand just how short it is until it's too late. I'm sad because it feels like she was a teeny infant last week, and she turns two years old today. I'm sad that the days go by too quickly no matter how much I relish each one.

My Laughing Babe
Fifteen months

I am proud of the person she is. She's crazy smart and kind and sweet and sensitive.  She loves to sing and color and dance. She sings the ABCs and counts 2-3-8-9. She's enthusiastic and affectionate and tenacious and curious.

I'm not so proud that she calls her father Joe and colors on my walls. I'm not so proud that she's as impatient as her mother.

Nineteen months
Nineteen months

I adore that she is Momma's girl and that she wants me to hold her, love her, soothe her, and protect her. I adore that she copies everything I do and everything I say. I adore that she thanks the waitress, offers me a sip of her drink and a bite of her brownie, and says “Bless you” to everyone, whether they sneeze or not. I adore that she narrates her world for me in the same way I've always narrated mine for her.

I detest her sweet tooth and her affection for pop and her recent propensity to deny kisses and hugs, but I love how her head has always fit just so in the crease of my elbow.

Two weeks before her second birthday
Twenty-three months

I can think of nothing in this world that I love to see more than her little grin and her sparkling blue eyes, nothing I love to feel more than her little fingers wrapper around mine, and no sound sweeter to my ears than her raucous laughter.

Happy Birthday, Little Pumpkin! I hope you'll let me hold your hand one more day.

Four days before her second birthday (lip color courtesy of raspberry lollipop)
Four days before her second birthday (lip color courtesy of raspberry lollipop)

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52 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Baby of Mine!

  1. Beautiful post. I completely agree with everything you said. My little one will be two in just a couple of months. It seems that everyday she becomes a little more independent. And while I want her to be a beautiful independent lady one day I still don’t want her to grow up too fast!

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  2. Beautiful post. I completely agree with everything you said. My little one will be two in just a couple of months. It seems that everyday she becomes a little more independent. And while I want her to be a beautiful independent lady one day I still don’t want her to grow up too fast!

    Brea’s Mommy’s last blog post..How dangerous is expired pancake mix?

  3. Awe! She is a cutie!

    You really made me smile with this post. What wonderful cherished moments that you can always remember.

    I also have a mama’s girl (who is 3)and she does the same thing with counting! LOL

    Enjoy each moment and thanks so much for sharing. It really made me appreciate the cherished moments with my own children. I actually just wrote a blog post a few days ago on “Cherished Moment”. Here is the link – http://paintermommy.com/everyday_life/pictures/cherished-moment

    Well, Happy Birthday Baby girl!

    DAWN
    @PainterMommy

    Dawn (Painter Mommy)’s last blog post..GIVEAWAY WINNER – JNJ Collections Jewelry

  4. Happy birthday to Grace! You got me all misty eyed. My little H turns two on June 12 and I’m right there with you. I hate that she’s becoming more independent although I should be happy about it. And I love many of the super cute things she’s saying right now. I’ll ask her to go sit at her table for lunch and she says “Sure Mom!” What happened to mama?

    H.E.Eigler’s last blog post..Monday’s Muse – the Blog Meme for Creative Moms

  5. Wow! She is absolutely adorable! I could just eat her up! Very touching post. Sounds like you are giving her a wonderful start to everything she’s going to learn and experience. The photo of her with the apron on just kills me!!

  6. Wow! She is absolutely adorable! I could just eat her up! Very touching post. Sounds like you are giving her a wonderful start to everything she’s going to learn and experience. The photo of her with the apron on just kills me!!

  7. Congrats! Your little one shares her birthday with my oldest son! (Neal is 24 today…such a cute sweet age…hahaha, ok, maybe to the myriad of girlfriends!) Have a wonderful time celebrating, and know that your kids will NEVER cease to amaze you!

    Dawn’s last blog post..Fertilizer…the good kind!

  8. I identify so much w/ this post (I have an almost 15 month old, and she’s growing up too fast). Happy Birthday to your little one.

  9. Aww that just brought tears to my eyes I feel the exact way about my boys, soon they won’t want all the hugs and kisses and it makes my heart hurt.

    What a beauty little Miss Grace is, Happy Birthday to her, and take care Mommy, its hardest on us isn’t it.

    Jenna @ Newlyweds’s last blog post..My Boys Page update

  10. Happy Birthday Grace!
    Such a wonderful post! made me sad that G’s going to be 3 on saturday and preschool in september! But like you its so wonderful to watch them learn!G broke an arm off my ornament but I was more impressed with her singing row your boat all the way through to be mad.

    gemma (pjamarama)’s last blog post..Family Art Friday

  11. Awe! She is a cutie!

    You really made me smile with this post. What wonderful cherished moments that you can always remember.

    I also have a mama’s girl (who is 3)and she does the same thing with counting! LOL

    Enjoy each moment and thanks so much for sharing. It really made me appreciate the cherished moments with my own children. I actually just wrote a blog post a few days ago on “Cherished Moment”. Here is the link – http://paintermommy.com/everyday_life/pictures/cherished-moment

    Well, Happy Birthday Baby girl!

    DAWN
    @PainterMommy

    Dawn (Painter Mommy)’s last blog post..GIVEAWAY WINNER – JNJ Collections Jewelry

  12. Happy birthday to Grace! You got me all misty eyed. My little H turns two on June 12 and I’m right there with you. I hate that she’s becoming more independent although I should be happy about it. And I love many of the super cute things she’s saying right now. I’ll ask her to go sit at her table for lunch and she says “Sure Mom!” What happened to mama?

    H.E.Eigler’s last blog post..Monday’s Muse – the Blog Meme for Creative Moms

  13. Ah Tara, I can SO relate to this post right now!! Look how she has grown! She is just as adorable as ever, sweet little Gracie!!
    Happy Second Birthday tomorrow, Gracie! =)

  14. Congrats! Your little one shares her birthday with my oldest son! (Neal is 24 today…such a cute sweet age…hahaha, ok, maybe to the myriad of girlfriends!) Have a wonderful time celebrating, and know that your kids will NEVER cease to amaze you!

    Dawn’s last blog post..Fertilizer…the good kind!

  15. I identify so much w/ this post (I have an almost 15 month old, and she’s growing up too fast). Happy Birthday to your little one.

  16. Aww that just brought tears to my eyes I feel the exact way about my boys, soon they won’t want all the hugs and kisses and it makes my heart hurt.

    What a beauty little Miss Grace is, Happy Birthday to her, and take care Mommy, its hardest on us isn’t it.

    Jenna @ Newlyweds’s last blog post..My Boys Page update

  17. Happy Birthday Grace!
    Such a wonderful post! made me sad that G’s going to be 3 on saturday and preschool in september! But like you its so wonderful to watch them learn!G broke an arm off my ornament but I was more impressed with her singing row your boat all the way through to be mad.

    gemma (pjamarama)’s last blog post..Family Art Friday

  18. Ah Tara, I can SO relate to this post right now!! Look how she has grown! She is just as adorable as ever, sweet little Gracie!!
    Happy Second Birthday tomorrow, Gracie! =)

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  20. Happiest of birthdays to Grace! They grow so quickly that it is just astounding. I look back on T’s pictures and just am amazed at how fast time has gone by. Enjoy every moment!

    Robyns Online World’s last blog post..Find a Cure!

  21. What a blessing! Happy Birthday little one!
    ~Liz

    Liz@HoosierHomemade’s last blog post..Painting Project ~ Week 2

  22. Happiest of birthdays to Grace! They grow so quickly that it is just astounding. I look back on T’s pictures and just am amazed at how fast time has gone by. Enjoy every moment!

    Robyns Online World’s last blog post..Find a Cure!

  23. She is so sweet! Happy Birthday! My baby is turning 4 on Monday, I can’t believe it.

    Donna ~Blessed Nest’s last blog post..A Blissfully Domestic Summer~imagine all the adventures that lie ahead

  24. What a blessing! Happy Birthday little one!
    ~Liz

    Liz@HoosierHomemade’s last blog post..Painting Project ~ Week 2

  25. She is so sweet! Happy Birthday! My baby is turning 4 on Monday, I can’t believe it.

    Donna ~Blessed Nest’s last blog post..A Blissfully Domestic Summer~imagine all the adventures that lie ahead

  26. Wow, what an awesome way to celebrate her birthday. That 5 weeks picture is just adorable. I hope her day was great!

  27. Happy Birthday to her!
    Those milestones are bittersweet aren’t they? My firstborn “baby” is turning 5 this week. To say I’m a “misty eyed mama” is a huge understatement!

  28. Happy Birthday to her!
    Those milestones are bittersweet aren’t they? My firstborn “baby” is turning 5 this week. To say I’m a “misty eyed mama” is a huge understatement!

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