Friday, May 1, 2020
irl / all aboard the mothership - an e-letter to my toddler, and all about his second birthday!
I haven’t been posting these as regularly as I had planned, but yesterday we crossed a very important milestone – our baby boy is officially TWO! It was not the ideal birthday I had in mind – I wanted a full-out party, complete with a taco bar because the theme was Taco ‘Two’sday, and I wanted him to play outside with all of his friends and family. I just wanted so much more for my son. 😭

My last letter was around Thanksgiving, where I listed all of my favorite attributes of my toddler and reasons why I love him! At the beginning of the letter, I said I would be better about writing these letters, and well… I think it’s been established how much of a procrastinator I am. 😬

Dear Rowan,

I woke up yesterday with this unbelievable thought: I have a two-year-old. Unfortunately for you and for everyone who loves you, it was an isolated celebration. You had so many people wishing you a happy birthday, though, and we even got to FaceTime so that you could see how loved you are!

Eating a cupcake on his birthday!

You are so spunky though, and you’ve been a real trooper throughout this entire quarantine. I know how hard it is for me, because at the flip of a switch I’ve become a literal full-time parent, but I know this is hardest for you. You don’t understand why we’ve suddenly stopped going to school, and why we can’t see your friends, or play on a playground. In short, it really stinks… but I’m proud of you.

In our many days together since the start of our quarantine, you’ve really blown me away with how much you’ve been learning outside of school! You’re a pro at counting to ten, and you’re even trying to count higher than that (thanks Sesame Street). What’s even more impressive is that you actually recognize the numbers, and it’s so cute when you see the number 6, and you turn it upside down and say 9! We’re working on colors now, and you know some of your animals. You make me and your dad laugh so hard when you walk backwards and start going “beep beep beep”. 🤣 And you practice good manners saying “please” and “thank you”. And a new thing that’s blossomed over the past couple of weeks is you saying “no” to things you don’t want, or don’t want to do… 🙄 But the way you say it is so gosh darn cute, I can’t help but smile a bit. Outside is probably your favorite place to be, even though our weather hasn’t exactly been cooperative. I’m excited for this weekend though, because we’re supposed to have a nice sunny Saturday and we can take your new scooter out for a spin!

Ah, parenting. There’s definitely been some moments where I’ve been so mentally and emotionally disheartened by this whole motherhood thing because I won’t beat around the bush: it is hard. But all the other moments more than make up for it. Seeing you smile and play and knowing you are healthy, happy and loved… man, there’s just nothing like it.

Rowan, I love you with all of my heart. Happy second birthday, baby.

xoxo, Mom

Weight: 36lbs
Height: (I’ll check this when he wakes up from his nap! 😅)
Loves: cars, playing outside and getting mad when we have to go back inside, throwing things 😫, raisins, climbing on the couch, playing with his shape sorter, counting, juice


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