Thursday, January 14, 2016

Claire is Two!

Our sweet little chicken (nickname because, short, erratic hair) is now officially 2.

This absolutely delightful little miss has changed our lives in so many ways. When brother is high strung, she is calming. When things are hard, she hugs harder. When something exciting is happening, she's laughing and smiling from ear to ear. She eats actual food. Gasp. She senses our needs and is full of love and comfort. She's the best at hide and seek, has herself a mean sweet tooth and knocks out fine motor activities like a boss. She loves to be with her people, no matter what we are doing.

She cuddles up to her brother, even when he's pushing her away. She calms him like no one else can.

She can count to 11 all on her own, knows the entire ABC song and is ridiculously adorable singing the ending part.

She still sleeps in a crib because she loves the security and comfort, but it's probably her mom's decision most because I don't feel like locking another kid in their room at night. She naps, but can skip that nap and rally like a champ. She doesn't want to miss life.

Baby dolls are her favorite. She totes around a small baby and a Mickey Mouse stuffed animal most places and defends them with intense screaming.

She hugs with her entire body. Her very favorite word is "hugs" and when she says it, she usually fully envelops her body within your arms and must have her head rested on yours with her hands tucked inward.

She's terrified of all characters, both real and fiction, despite having been to both Disneyworld and Disneyland in her first 24 months of life. Strangers take a bit to warm up to, as she reminded her doctor this morning for her perfect 26th percentile checkup. "All done." "No more doctors." "Doctor ouchie." "Mama hug." That intense grip she had on my arm at the doctor this morning is similar to the grip she had on her Gawbee and Grandpa when meeting Minnie, Mickey and the princesses at Disney last week.

She loves the gym daycare dropoff, children's museum and only tolerates our interest to water exposure about 2-3x each week. And baths are just the worst thing about bedtime for her.

She's just the most wonderful last child we could've ever imagined. Smart, considerate, loving, fun. The insanity of her high risk pregnancy was worth every single bit to have her here with us, enriching our lives.


Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

I remember sitting up in bed early to nurse Mary, grabbing my phone and seeing the email from you that Claire was here and being so confused and surprised and excited. Then a few hours later seeing that blog post from E and bawling my eyes out! What a joy she has been to see grow! And counting already!? Baby genius! Big birthday smooches and hugs to your sweet nugget.

Veronica said... [Reply to comment]

Happy birthday Claire! I absolutely adore her Brandy. I'm so happy she's here <3

Sarah said... [Reply to comment]

Happy birthday, Claire! High-risk pregnancies really put things in perspective, don't they? I still can't believe how much I went through to have Henry, and yet I feel incredibly lucky.

Mama Bear said... [Reply to comment]

What a sweetheart!! I'm excited to meet her soon!

Brie said... [Reply to comment]

Ditto to Caroline's comment...happy second birthday!