Tuesday, September 1, 2015

how big you are, my dear

eden is two now and, even though im not sure how it happened or why a flip just switched, it did. and she grew the heck up.
conversation at the dinner table the other night:

eden: 'kiwi, how ba day?'

karen: ' my day was good eden'
eden: 'k. jew, how ba day?'
joel: my day was good eden'
eden: 'k'.
karen: 'what did you do today eden?'
eden: 'i go rwana'
karen: 'oh you went to rwanda?  big trip for one day'

as we are leaving the house almost every morning: 

jesse: 'bye eden, have a good day'

eden: 'bye bye, haba day, see you later, i mits you'

she is constructing whole sentences, that are grammatically correct, and make sense.  this morning she heard some music in the car and started playing an imaginary violin, saying 'biolee, biolee'.  a book of hers has a cat playing a violin (fiddle?) on it, and i have never even told her it makes music.  i guess she saw that book, saw mimi playing at church a time or two, and figured it out.  mind blown.

she loves when things match or are the same.  our earrings, necklaces, clothes.  she loves to find two similar things and point out that they are the same.  she loves to play her matching game, which she does perfectly every time.  

she can climb out of her crib now, but has only done it when we ask her to show us that she can.  we are going to take off the side of the bed this weekend and let her take a swing at sleeping in a big girl bed.  any advice there?  she needs to learn how to do this sooner or later, so we might as well give it a try now yes?

also going to attempt to take a big bite out of potty training this weekend, since its a 3 day weekend.  if you want to hang out at all this weekend, sorry.  it will be naked eden, the potty, tons of fluids and some potty treats.  thats all i have on my brain for day time activities this weekend.  thrilling, i know.  

she is also learning to manipulate, or at least try.  when she knows some discipline is coming, she acts incredibly sweet and wants to snuggle.  when its time to go to bed, she wants to be a kitty cat, her spirit animal of choice, and slowly meow her way over to me. when its time to get ready in the morning she wants to go say hi to all her doll house people first.  its a full time job to intercept her attempts to manipulate and keep her on course.  im like seriously?  you are really thinking this through, which is crazy.

its an exciting ride, this 2 year old age.  and never a dull moment 


Monday, August 17, 2015

Homemade Ice Cream Cake and A Birthday Mouse

eden's birthday was last tuesday and we started the morning off with a donut from sugar shack and some balloons, which are a current favorite of our little 2 year old.  she spots them across the grocery store or in the hands of other, more fortunate, little children and exclaims immediately.  these photos were a bit dark since it was still dark outside when eden was eating, but i just love the expressions on her face. she has, from day one, been so expressive with her face and just one of those smiles can turn my frown right upside down. 

she spent the day at the pool with her besties, learning good ole spiritual songs.

that evening, after a delicious dessert of mango and chicken rice pilaf, the radabaughs came over with a homemade ice cream cake (for reals yall, it was the bomb) and wonderful gifts for eden.  

the radabaughs are good at alot of things, but one of the things they are great at is making you feel special and loved.  they have never let a moment worthy of celebration go by unmarked for our family, and they are just the most dear people to us.  they brought eden a magnadoodle, some giant bubbles and her first spot book.  she was delighted with all three.  

and then her gift from us, a giant rolling mouse, of course.  she loved it and insisted that each person take a turn so we could all see how much fun it is. 
we are so so thankful for this family, and for the knowledge that eden's life is better because they are a part of it; a big part of it.  

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Eden is 2

today eden turns two years old.  
its a little hard to get my mind around. as i am sitting back, acknowledging that an entire year has gone by since the last one, im really savoring this reality slowly.
looking back it has been the most exhausting, rewarding, delightful two years of my life.  this last year in particular has been an ongoing cycle of her learning something new, me marveling at her ability to learn and adapt and create, and then her doing yet another thing that leaves me staggered. and its not that she is exceptionally bright or advanced, but rather that i am experiencing, for the first time and right up close, what it is like to watch one of these miraculous humans grow and learn and become who they are going to be.
eden talks so much and says the most endearing things about how she misses me or wants to hold me or how she will see me later.  she always wants to see everything and has now started proclaiming 'i yike it' if something brings her amusement or pleasure.  she has her ears newly pierced and she loves to point out my pretty earrings, her pretty earrings, and the fact that they are 'same'.  she chatters on about big trucks and doggies and seems content to tell me everything that goes through her mind, and then repeat it multiple times until something new catches her attention.   she asks 'mommy you ok?' any time i get hurt and kisses all my boo boos.  she can count to ten, but loves saying 'eight, nine, ten' the best, she knows blue, green, yellow, and red, and she likes to attempt singing along with the toy on the fridge that plays the ABC song.  she would eat popsicles all the live long day if i let her.  she loves having paint on her nails and anything else that makes her feel fancy.  she dances when there is music and wants to wear her rain boots every day, especially with just a diaper on. she remembers the names of the people she loves and asks for them frequently, not understanding that she cant have them because they live in north carolina, or washington, or germany or spain or rwanda.  she is my first and only child,  my pal, and my baby.
and today she is two 

last night i snuck into her room to get one last glance at her before her birthday. and as i scooped her up in my arms to get one final one-year-old snuggle in, i could not help but notice how heavy she felt and how much older she looked, with her pearl earrings and duke t-shirt.  its like i glanced at her, looked away, and when i looked back again, she was different.  maybe i feel like she looks older because i am emotional and prone to reading too much in to anything.  or maybe she just really is bigger now.   and maybe i really really see it.  i pressed my cheek right up against hers and just gloried in the magic of a peaceful moment with my rambunctious daughter who has so much joy and life in her.  i squeezed her a little tighter than usual, and whispered a song in her ear.  
i wrote her so many lullabies in the long nights that came with a brand new baby, and i sang this one to her for the last time as a one year old, even though she was already fast asleep. 

little baby soft and sweet
let your mama rock you
little nose and hands and feet
let me hold you now
little baby close your eyes, and drift off to dreaming
little baby soft and sweet
let me hold you now

happy birthday to my sunshine 


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