Happy Birthday, Sweet Baby J! I can hardly believe that the day is already here. Over the last year, you’ve learned to roll over, crawl, walk, talk, and put two and two together to make 4. Okay, you can’t actually do the math yet, but you are able to figure things out. You understand so much. I’m amazed by you every day. All the hard work we’ve done will continue, and I’m excited to watch you continue to grow and learn. My goals for the next year are to stay on track and go on more adventures.
4 Things I Want to Teach Sweet Baby J in Year 2.
1. Make Believe
This is so important to your mommy. I’ve always had an active imagination, and I believe it’s super helpful to keep you from boredom. The B word is something that I just can’t allow. The truth is that there is always something to do, and you’ll need to find cures for your boredom now and for the rest of your life. Don’t worry I’ll also teach you the art of people watching!
Okay, so you’ve pretty much got this one down. You definitely march to the beat of your own drummer and want to do things yourself. You also know when to cling to mommy and daddy for support. Before we know it, you’ll be marching off to college so I don’t want to send you away too much, but I know you’ll need to learn how to be apart from us. I know over the next year we’re going to reach the dreaded separation anxiety, but I hope you’ll always know that mommy and daddy always come back. Forever.
3. Body parts
I want you to have a working knowledge of your body parts because I want you to be in control. I want you to be able to tell mommy and daddy when you don’t like something or if you don’t want someone to touch you. Your body is your domain, and you have the right to request that people leave you alone. Mommy will still love to tickle you, though because your laugh is just infectious. I promise to listen to you though if you don’t like it.
4. How to make friends
In life, you’re going to need others the same way the Dump truck did in Little Blue Truck. You’ll need people to help you out of predicaments or just be there to listen. I hope you’ll find some of these lifelong friends early in life. I know mommy is still best friends with the same person she was at age 5 so I have hope.
Most of all, though, I just want to enjoy a new year of love, laughter, and light of my life Sweet Baby J. You’re wonderful. You’re beautiful. You light up the world.