he’s been pretending to blow out candles for a few weeks now. and anytime someone asks if his birthday is coming up, he gets a little bashful as he rests his head on his shoulder and smiles so big with his eyes closed tight! when we ask how old he’s going to be, he says “two” so loudly but holds up all five fingers to go along with it! haha, we’re working on learning to hold up just two fingers. either way, he is so ready for this big milestone of turning TWO.
he’s my baby who never really was a baby for long, possibly in an attempt to keep up with his two older siblings. it breaks my heart sometimes because i’m selfish and want him to stay a baby forever, but it also makes me incredibly proud to see him try and grow and excel, even being so small.
he is independent as ever, his favorite thing to say is “no, me. i do!” as he slaps his entire hand against his chest while saying so whenever i try to open his banana or hold his hand when he’s climbing something or even help him down from his big sister’s bunk bed (heart attacks for this mama every single time). he is so tender hearted and gives spontaneous kisses all day long while also breaking out into the sweetest, “i wuv ewwwww!” as he points to each family member or friend during the day. haha. it never gets old. it is truly my favorite thing ever.
he still prefers to remain on a first name basis with his papa, frequently calling him “JOOOOSSSSSHHHHHHH” throughout the day. it bothers josh to no end but he’s so sincere when he says it. he devours a giant bowl of oatmeal many mornings and usually finishes his brother and sister’s oatmeal bowls as well. he’s always hungry, always asking to go to the kitchen as he signs “food.” i don’t know where he puts it! but he eats so much. he requests a smoothie probably 7 times a day by pointing to our blender and desperately saying “ooooodeeee!!!!” when you reply back, “smoothie?” he does a happy dance as he nods his head yes. even after being weaned in september, he still asks me for milk almost every day and bows his head sadly when i tell him it’s all gone. he has struggled to sleep through the night, even after being weaned a few months ago (which is what did it for my older two and when they officially started to truly sleep the entire night stretch) so we’re hoping that somehow we’ll make progress with this step now that he’s two. (a mother can dream.)
his laugh makes all of us laugh. his prayers, even while i can’t make out all of what he says, often make me teary eyed. his admiration and awe for eleanor and samson make me so so happy. he just loves those two so much and it makes his day when they include him in their play and activities. he loves to tell “knock knock” jokes that make no sense but we all laugh anyway and his favorite song to sing is “popcorn popping” which he can sing and sign all the actions to by himself. when he puts his hands in his coat or pant pockets and casually walks around, i almost can’t take it, because it’s just so sweet. and when he pats my back when i hug him, i swear i think to myself every single time, “i am the freaking luckiest mother ever.”
we are so thankful this beautiful boy joined our family and that we get to call him ours forever. i love you for eternity, conrad rex. thank you for making me and the rest of your family so very happy. happy birthday!