I completed the monthly snapshots of our beloved Alex during her first year. Here is the snapshot of Alex’s twenty first month and twenty second month! (You can view Alex’s thirteenth and fourteenth months here; Alex’s fifteenth and sixteenth months here; Alex’s seventeenth and eighteenth months here; and Alex’s nineteenth and twentieth months here). Alex is changing all of the time and she continues to grow like a weed and she has the loveliest hair curls — I think we might be getting close to her first hair trim in the near future!
Joan Didion said, “Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant.” This is so true, especially now. Life as we know it has changed, greatly. Things are very different due to COVID-19. This post is different than Alex’s other blog posts, as during this period of time, we were in quarantine, which continues. We have no idea when Alex will return to school; however, she is doing daily Zoom sessions with her class, which she enjoys. I know that I will miss this time together, whenever this period ends. We fell into a daily rhythm, early on, and we spend as much time as we can outside together, while embracing the nice weather, which has vacillated between warm and cold weather this spring. Alex loves to run outside and burn her energy, always. Alex loves spotting puppies and other animals, while on our walks. Our Governor left one State Park open, which we frequent. Alex absolutely loves throwing rocks with her Daddy into the river! We have found new trails and places that we have never been during this time, as everything is closed. During our walks and hikes together, Alex loves collecting sticks and she is in love with storm drains and water run off reservoirs — she finds them fascinating! She also absolutely loves to do bubbles, too. (We made sure we stocked up on bubble solution during this time, which has been hard to come by, along with other items, which we take for granted!)
Alex continues to change all of the time. Her favorite song, currently, is “Skip to My Lou” — she absolutely loves it, and she dances to it as well! She does not watch television, but she does like watching a few clips, at a time, of the Super Simple Songs. Alex loves to FaceTime as well! One of Alex’s favorite things to do is doing the Highlights “Find It” pages. She is captivated with finding the items in the pictures; and she also enjoys greatly looking at her books asking us and telling us what is contained in the pictures. Alex also loves looking and learning about animals in her Ranger Rick Cub magazine. She is learning to count and she recognizes some letters, already! She is talking more each day, too!
We celebrated Easter at home with Alex and Victory! They seemed to have a great time with their Easter baskets! We also spent Mother’s Day at home filled with beautiful weather and a fun walks together, along with take out for dinner! I am so grateful. I still cannot believe Alex is almost two-years-old! The time is flying too fast and we are doing our best to savor it. Due to the COVID-19, we cancelled her birthday plans, this summer, and we will celebrate at home together instead. And, we will also likely cancel our vacation plans as well. I will always remember this time for many reasons. We will have many stories to share with Alex, someday, when she is older, from this time together! I do my best to capture our time together via photographs.
Alex still cuddles with me before bed and she sits with me in the glider where she loves to spot items in her Highlights and her books with me before bed. She is sleeping and napping really well these days, thankfully, and she is eating well, too! Everything is always changing and it is all so fleeting. What I will remember from these months is how she wakes up talking to herself in her crib, while looking at her books, which she loves. She is entertaining herself more in the mornings, which is great, especially during this time of great juggling between everything! Victory and Alex are closer than ever. Alex’s new hobby is feeding Alex from her high chair! Victory, I believe, has no complaints! Alex and Victory are always up for an outing and adventure! We took the girls to get ice cream on more than on occasion, and we all ate our ice cream in the car together! Alex is becoming her own little person right before our very eyes, and she is looking more, and more like a little girl! I feel so fortunate. It has been such as journey. We are doing our best to embrace the now, the present. We are so grateful!
A few iphone images from Alex’s twenty first month!
Here is a video from Alex’s twenty first month — Alex riding her Roadster!
Here is a video from Alex’s twenty first month — Alex trying the Peloton for the first time!
Here is a video from Alex’s twenty first month — Alex and Doug throwing rocks into the river together!
A few iphone images from Alex’s twenty second month!
Here is a video from Alex’s twenty second month — Alex dancing on her hands to Redbone!
Here is a video from Alex’s twenty second month — Alex feeding Victory some food!
Here is a video from Alex’s twenty second month — Alex and Doug flying a kite together!
Here is a video from Alex’s twenty second month — Alex running over a bridge!