You're TWO! How is it possible that I have such a beautiful, big girl???
There have been so many changes since you were 21 months old. You're a big sister!!! Although the transition was tough at first, you have handled it like a champ. You have yet to master the art of being gentle, but you are no longer actively trying to hurt Lucy. In fact, you are surprisingly sweet and nurturing. You are constantly handing Lucy her binky or covering her up if her blanket falls off. You stress out if you don't know where she is, and you light up as soon as you see her in the mornings. I hope this is a sign of things to come, and the two of you grow closer every year.
You don't just save your love for your little sister. You are FINALLY a cuddler, which delights your father and I to no end. We have spent many hours of our maternity/paternity leave cuddling with you on the couch or taking naps with you in "Dada's bed". You love your grandparents, aunts and uncles, your cousin, and all of your little buddies in daycare. You also make sure you let me know that you love your milk, your shoes, Dora, Brobee, crayons, blue cars, yellow trucks, legos, the zoo, or a million other things each day.
You are an outgoing little chatterbox who can charm her way into strangers' hearts. People at the grocery store, restaurants, and doctors offices are always entertained by your antics. You have even mastered the art of making friends your own age, which blows me away. This is a picture of a little girl you met at the park the other day. She was shy at first, but you were persistent. Before I knew it, the two of you were holding hands and hugging each other like you were BFFs for life. It was pretty much the cutest thing ever.
Speaking of the park, you could spend hours there, "fwinging" or sliding. You like to kick the leaves around, search for acorns, and approach strange dogs. You get upset when you it's raining and you can't play outside, but...
You loooove watching tv. You would watch Caillou, Dora, and Yo Gabba Gabba all day, if we let you. We don't (usually, ha!), which causes some fun temper tantrums. Your favorite episodes are YGG's "Ride" and Dora's "Choo Choo", both of which you request repeatedly.
Your language development continues to amaze me (it must be all that tv). You string together 9 or 10 word sentences like it's no big deal. You use past and present tense. You love a good adverb, often telling me to "go slowly" as we walk down the stairs. You randomly attach the word "either" to the end of sentences, whether it's appropriate or not ("I don't want my diaper changed either"). You are starting to understand time, complaining that Baby Lucy has been crying "for hours", asking me to hold you "real quick" or "for a minute", and even asking (repeatedly) what time it is. I'm not really sure what you do with that information, but I answer you every time.
Happy birthday, Adriana! I hope all of your wishes come true.