Cameron’s actual birthday last Friday was a busy day to say the least, so this is a couple days late to publication.
Today you’re 2. 2 years old! And my how you’ve grown since we first met face to face.
You’ve gotten so tall, but you’re still my skinny-mini. It’s always a matter of your pants being long enough for your legs but too wide for your hips or perfect on the hips and too short in the leg. But you’re so strong – you still love to climb virtually anything, and I can’t wait to get you to a rock gym and see what you can do. You’re also learning the art of the somersault, but sometimes, we struggle with the subtlety of making sure the landing area is clear. It’s a work in progress, right?
In the meantime, you’re such a ham! You love to get a laugh out of people, and you love to make funny faces (especially for the camera – you’re a big fan of the front-facing camera on my phone, in fact). Your eyelashes are still a standout feature – everyone notices them, and all the ladies love them. And speaking of the ladies, you’re still quite the ladies man – just this morning, you were flirting with a group of girls at a coffee shop, smiling while playing peek-a-boo with them and waving.
You have almost all of your teeth – we’re just waiting on your 2-year molars – and you LOVE to brush them. You know bath time comes after dinner time (you even say “Bah! Bah!” when you’re finished with dinner and ready for a bath), and that it’s time to brush your teeth after we’ve put on our PJs (you point excitedly to your teeth while grinning oh-so-big, saying “Tee! Tee!”). Bath time is so much fun, too – you love when I turn on the shower head underneath the water to make you your very own water show! You’re getting much better at shampooing your own hair and scrub-a-dubbing your different body parts when we name them off. You even like to rinse yourself with the shower head AND you don’t spray out of the open side of the shower. It’s quite a feat, little mister.
You seem to have outgrown Yo Gabba Gabba, or perhaps you’re just more interested in other shows, but you’ve learned to sit through a whole entire movie! Lately, your favorite movies are Fantasia 2000, The Lorax (both the one from the 70’s and the new one), and Robots, and you love the shows Curious George and Sesame Street. You’re also growing into story time, becoming more patient about sitting for a story and pointing at your favorite pictures. You even point and say the objects you can say, like banana (“a-na-na”).
While you don’t have a lot of words under your belt, you’re learning them so quickly! Just yesterday, you learned to say “Uh oh!” and said “bruh” when you wanted your toothbrush. It seems like every day you’re learning to say something new. You’ve also learned so many other amazing things- you know your colors and you understand that certain things go together. You express your preferences clearly, too – now if only your food preferences weren’t expressed by you handing me food you’d chewed up.
Cameron, you are such a sweet, gentle little person. You’re kind and affectionate, patting people on the back when you hug them, and giving kisses much more freely (at least when you’re excited). You blow kisses as you wave bye-bye to people you love, and you hug new friends you meet at the park without knocking them over or hold hands with pretty little girls you encounter. You’re so friendly, and you love people as much as they love you.
You’re extraordinary, my sweet pea. I can’t believe 2 years have already come and gone, but I’m so proud of how far you’ve come. I love you so much. Happy birthday.