Next month, my baby girl is going to turn two. And while one was certainly a big deal, two seems equally important. She’s rapidly losing her babyish ways, becoming more of a Kid every day. So before I blink and find that she’s twelve, I thought I’d take a moment to document the little things that are bound to get lost in the mists of memory before too long.
Her passion for all things owl. My baby is obsessed with owls. Owl books, owl videos, owl pictures. Her favorite shirt has an owl on it, and if she had her way she’d wear it every day. Drama-filled temper tantrums have been known to occur if her shirt is too dirty to wear yet again (I do a lot of Tori laundry…)
Her insistence on dressing herself. Badly. The other day she went to school wearing yellow polka dot pants, a pink polka dot skirt, and, of course, the aforementioned owl shirt. She often looks like an adorable little clown—but heaven help the person who tries to force her to wear matching clothes.
Her love of cookies. I’m not sure what came first—her infatuation with cookie monster or her infatuation with cookies. But one thing is certain—if you need to get Tori to do something, just offer her a cookie. And, by the way, is there anything cuter than hearing a toddler say “cookie?” I don’t think so.
Her sticker madness. When we’re not watching Sesame Street or coloring owls, chances are we’re playing with stickers. By which I mean I’m peeling them off the sheet and she’s sticking them in random patterns on whatever surface is handiest.
Her snuggly cuteness. Most of the time, she’s far too busy exploring to want to be held by mommy anymore. But there are those moments at the beginning and end of the day when she allows me to pick up her warm, pajama-clad body and gather her in tight. Then she burrows in against my neck, fists her hand in my hair and collapses. Those moments? Make it all worthwhile.
There’s more—a Part Six might soon be forthcoming—but that last paragraph made me want to go snuggle my baby while I still can. So instead, tell me what you remember most about your little ones’ baby years.