She’s 2.

Miss Mattea turns 2 years old tonight at 9:47pm.

Jake and I are handling it rather well, but he turned to me today and said “I’m a little emotional”. Me too.

Parents say it all the time but it really is true that it feels like just yesterday I was holding her  in the hospital, getting her first smile on camera, spooning her pureed vegetables, watching her take her first steps and hearing her say ‘mommy’ for the first time. Two years to me makes her so much older than a baby. She’s headed into big girl territory.

What’s Mattea like?

She’s fiercely independent, and stubborn. If she doesn’t get what she wants or isn’t able to do something on her own, watch out world!

She’s tough. I’ve seen that girl cry twice in her life from needles: once when she was 2 months old, and last month when she got an IV in the hospital.

She’s very maternal and affectionate, and has been from an unusually young age. I think this is one of my favourite of her qualities. She loves her dogs, cat and now her brother like none other and isn’t afraid to show them. If Jake and I share a hug or kiss in the kitchen she comes running with a big smile and asks to be included.

She’s a great big sister. From the moment she wakes up in the morning, she’s asking about “Baby Dashie”. She often demands to see him, or have him placed in her lap so she can hold him and kiss his head. I hope she’ll always love him as much as she does now.

She’s incredibly animated and expressive. There’s been a couple times where I’ve left her with Jake in a store to go off on my own, and can immediately recognize that oh so familiar voice, tantrum or laugh….all the way across the store.

She’s starting to pick up words much more quickly. Newest words added to her list: Dashie, Sue, Laura, Mary, Shoes, Pee, Beast (as in the Disney movie), Go, Nose, Meow, Juice, Ho Ho Ho (as in Santa) and Night Night. There are probably more but those are the current favs. A new developmental milestone is putting words together into her very first sentences. “Bye bye Dashie baby” or “No Go” are the most popular.

She’s still a fantastic sleeper – 8pm to 8am. Now that Dash is here we don’t get to enjoy uninterrupted sleep anymore but we really appreciate not having to get up with her at least.

At last measurement, she’s 33 inches tall and 23 pounds. That basically puts her in like the bottom 5% or less of other toddlers her age. She still fits in her brown Old Navy fall jacket that’s sized 6-12 months. She’s so petite! What’s most funny for us is that she’s such a big personality in a tiny body.

Since no birthday blog post is anything without photos, here are the official 2 year photos. I wasn’t too sure the lighting was going to work, but it ended up being beautiful. These are my favourite photos ever, and really capture her personality perfectly. You might recognize a familiar face: Teddy. He’s our secret weapon, and her absolute favourite guy. He keeps the photo tantrums at bay:)

 

Every time I look at the image below I hear this (cue Beyonce music):   Na, na, na, diva is a female version of a hustla

Of a hustla, of a, of a hustla

Na, na, na, diva is a female version of a hustla

Of a hustla, of a, of a hustla

 

 And since no photo experience with Mattea is complete without a meltdown, here’s one of the last frames I shot. CLASSIC.

 

 

 

January 5, 2012 - 3:56 pm

Shannon - She is absolutely ADORABLE!!!!!

January 5, 2012 - 4:19 am

admin - Thanks Mary! Total classic shot. We love our girl, tantrums and all!

January 3, 2012 - 5:20 pm

Mary - Love the meltdown shot. I’m at a library up north and I totally just did a super laugh out loud.

Your words and pictures are beautiful, Michelle. Love to you all, always.

Mattea, you’re a gem.

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