I completed the monthly snapshots of our beloved Alex during her first year. Here is the snapshot of Alex’s twenty third month and twenty fourth month! Alex is two, already! We cannot believe it! (You can view Alex’s thirteenth and fourteenth months here; Alex’s fifteenth and sixteenth months here; Alex’s seventeenth and eighteenth months here; Alex’s nineteenth and twentieth months here; and Alex’s twenty first and twenty second months here).
“You will never have this day with your children again. Tomorrow, they will be a little bigger than they are today. This day is a gift. Breathe and notice. Smell and touch them. Study their faces and little feet and pay attention. Relish the charms of the present. Enjoy today. It will be over before you know it.” — Jen Hatmaker
This above quote is so true. Our time with Alex is flying by. Babies do not keep — Alex is turning into a little girl before our eyes. This year has been really fun with Alex, and we have done our best to keep things as normal as possible for her during this time, as the last third of her second year has been impacted by COVID. However, COVID has not stopped Alex. She loves her books, and she goes to sleep with them and she wakes up with them in her crib. She is still very curious about everything! I think her favorite phrases are, “Help please,” and “What’s that?” She has a big personality and is so strong in every way! This spring we got rid of Alex’s paci, for good, cold turkey, after making it through quarantine/lock down! For the first week, she would say, to us, “Where’s ‘pat pat!’ We told her that ‘pat pat’ went to help another child. Then, she seemed to have forgotten about it, thankfully! She also got her first hair trim this spring, and I kept a few locks of her hair for her Promptly Journal, which I do my best to keep up with. Alex also loves to pick out her clothes, socks, and shoes each morning! Alex’s car seats are now forward facing, and she seems to enjoy her car rides more, as a result, along with having more space for her legs and feet! We also are transitioning her to the Stokke chair, as she is getting too big for her high chair. She is also, currently, cutting her two-year molars, which is no fun. We were able to get her into the dentist this month, as her spring appointment was rescheduled due to COVID. She did fairly well, and her teeth are looking good, thank goodness, and I hope she got Doug’s teeth and not mine! Before we know it, she will have all 20 of her baby teeth! We have her two-year doctor’s appointment coming up — I am sure she will be off the charts, again, with her measurements! We are already transitioning into size seven Pampers!
This spring, we got a small pool as our pool was not open, and Alex loves to play in it! However, our pool did open late, with many restrictions and limitations, due to COVID. Alex loves going to the pool — she has absolutely no fear of the water! She is a little fish! (A few videos of her in the pool are shown below!) So, we get Alex to the pool several times a week, to take advantage of this time, so she can do some swimming, and we recently even got her to wear her goggles for a period of time. She is learning to tread water a bit, currently, and she loves to jump in the pool! Alex also really loves music, and she especially loves to dance to music, which she asks us to put on for her everyday! This is still her favorite song, which we listen to daily! She also loves art, especially painting! She also loves to build with her Legos and Magna-Tiles with her Dada! But her favorite thing to do is to look at books and spot objects, letters, numbers, and colors, etc. She is recognizing more colors, letters, and objects everyday it seems!
Additionally, we celebrated Father’s Day at the end of June at home! Doug set up Alex’s pool that day, and we all had fun! Alex loved opening Doug’s Father’s Day gift we picked out for him, of course! We also celebrated the Fourth of July at home. Doug got Alex some sparklers, but they were not a big hit with Alex this year. During this time, on these hot summer days, we have enjoyed taking the girls to get ice cream at Vaccaro’s and Rita’s, which they both truly love (and we eat our ice cream together in the car)!
Importantly, during this time, we celebrated Alex’s second birthday! We cannot believe she is two-years-old, already! It was quite a journey to parenthood, so we will always celebrate Alex’s birthday, as it is a very special day for us! This year, due to COVID, we had Alex’s birthday celebration at home with the four of us followed by a trip to the pool, and take out for dinner! Alex had a great day and we all had a nice time together! She loved her rose cupcake we got her, as she ate it all up! We had Alex’s second birthday cake, a butterfly cake, made at the same place as last year, on a smaller scale. And, we also got Victory an unfrosted vanilla cupcake, which she loved, too! (We were supposed to be on vacation this past week, over Alex’s birthday; perhaps, we can try again next year.) And, we just finished putting all of the magnets on our fridge capturing Alex’s second year!
Alex is her own little person, and the time is going by so quickly, especially this second year. Even though this pandemic is awful, it has been nice to have this period of time together that we would not have otherwise. Alex is changing all of the time. My favorite time of the day is putting her to bed at night after she is done playing. We sit together in the glider and read books, and she spots letters, colors, and objects. Then, she will cuddle before I put her in her crib. I know this time will pass, but it is simply the best holding her in my arms, with her head pressed against my chest and I can feel her smooth, soft skin along with her damp curly hair. I know one day, she will be too big for this, so I savor our present.
We are so grateful for this journey. We are incredibly fortunate that we get to be Alex’s parents — it is the best job ever! She is a bright, beautiful, amazing little girl!
A few iphone images from Alex’s twenty third month!
Here is a video from Alex’s twenty third month — Alex watering our plants!
Here is a video from Alex’s twenty third month — Alex swinging!
Here is a video from Alex’s twenty third month — Alex and Doug talking!
Here are some iphone images from Alex’s second birthday celebration!
There has been so much change in a year’s time!
Here we all are at age two!
Here is a video from Alex’s twenty fourth month, her second birthday — Alex on her birthday surprised with her gifts!
Here is a video from Alex’s twenty fourth month, her second birthday — Alex and Victory together on Alex’s birthday — Alex feeding Victory treats!
Here is a video from Alex’s twenty fourth month, her second birthday — Alex having her cupcake on her birthday (she was not a fan of the candles lit!)
A few iphone images from Alex’s twenty fourth month!
Here is a video from Alex’s twenty fourth month — Alex swinging on a bar with all of her strength!
Here is a video from Alex’s twenty fourth month — Alex swimming with no fear!
Here is a video from Alex’s twenty fourth month — Alex jumping into the deep end of the pool!