"Having a 2 year old is like having a blender without a lid" - Jerry Seinfeld. I did laugh at this, those of you who have 2 year olds or have had them will raise a sneaky chuckle at this. At 2 years and 3 months old TC is a gem of a child, having already raised a child to adulthood I can almost, I say almost, sit back and relive the twists and turns of the toddler child and enjoy all their many facets.
Each day brings fresh learning, watching her absorb things so quickly and do things I haven't shown her reminds me how independent they get from this age. You can get zero past this 27 month old, an elephant has nothing on TC's memory!
She is text book child and because I have the T-shirt I know "this too will pass" with regard to the mini diva stuff, the little meltdowns that come with lack of patience (hers not mine!), her huff's last for a minute, she's far too busy getting on with the next thing to let anything get her down. I do get it, I feel that way myself at times and I'm an adult! They say be careful what you wish for, I think if I had a wish list, TC would be it, she is spirited, cheeky and most definitely feisty.
I live in the pretend land of 2 year old make-believe - a wonderful place to be with mini-me. We have tea parties, we immerse ourselves in story books where the characters are real to her and she believes all the stories I make up. I know one day we'll have to leave when TC grows up but for now I'm enjoying being back there.
The "chatter" is fascinating, she has many words and links a few up now, although she manages to get her point across with one word - wow! again! more! mummy! poo! I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to the many funny's she will say, this time I will take the time to write as many of them down as I can. I go back in the pathways of my mind and recall the boy's magic moments and I smile, the smile where people wonder what you are thinking about that made you smile like that.
Her mimicking skills are making me say "do I do that?", clearly I am pulling a face when putting on mascara, making a funny shaped mouth when applying lip balm or being animated when talking - these and many more do I find myself thinking how influencial we are to such a tiny, fast growing mind - nuture and nature combined! More and more each day she is tackling things with little hands that want no help, she has a "I can do it myself" mindset and I have to let her be her.
We love music, Mr J was a drummer in many a band in his day, TC loves a good sing-song, the sillier the better. Her favourite this week is singing "baby, baby, baby" and then a big loud OH Justin Bieber style, with all the dance action she can muster. She makes me laugh.... a lot.
I have rediscovered the joy of running too, I literally have to run and chase TC every day in some form or another, she has me bouncing on beds, jumping around, she is as quick as a flash and always up for a game of chase me mummy. If we could bottle a toddlers energy it would be a bestseller!
All this keeps me very fit and I haven't missed a night's sleep since she was 8 weeks old. I do love my sleep and TC is no different, this girl can sleep for 13 hours plus a nap in the daytime too and I am thankful I am able to recharge my batteries each night ready for the next day. Her constant bed time companion has been Violet, the environmental sounds used to whisk me off to sleep too when we shared a room.
We've never had a struggle with bedtimes, a nightly play-time bath leads to a cuddle with her drinking her milk and the deep sigh that signifies another day is done, another day gone but never forgotten, these are the times I will remember with love and that smile on my face .....