Life is so much fun at 2. Your world still new and you can finally explore it.
We are so grateful to see one of God’s good gifts to us in allowing Eden to be part of our family. The last 2 years of our life have certainly turned out differently than we viewed our anticipated life when Eden arrived 2 years ago, but we wouldn’t trade them. And we’re certainly glad to have had the happiness and laughter that both Eden and Hana Kate have brought to us over the past few years. I don’t think a single day has gone by in the last 2 years without the girls making us laugh…hard.
Eden usually gently falls asleep with me, but two nights ago she asked if I could rock her in the rocking chair that we were recently given. It was a precious time, and she fell asleep in my arms within a couple of minutes. But I was reminded at how quickly her early childhood days are passing, and how I’ll never have that moment back again.
I’ve also loved watching Hana Kate and Eden spend much more time playing together. It has been a sort of sudden change in the last few months, but they now keep each other entertained for long chunks of time. (And Hana Kate is faithful about reporting Eden “doing bad things” or “playing with bad things.” Since she’s usually right, I rush right away to intercept disaster. )
Eden loves singing and listening Jesus Loves Me. (The song often gets its own arrangement as “Jesus loves me soo soo much!”) In fact, when we took a road trip to FL the other week she wanted us to repeat the song over. and over. and over again. And would cry if any other song played. Let’s just say she has a patient big sister, too. She also loves ”Night-night Moon!” (otherwise known as Goodnight Moon). Her favorite parts are “night-night buddy (nobody)” and “night-night old lady…shh!!,” and she laughs at those pages every time. She and I read it together every night before she falls asleep. Sometimes I’ll pause and she’ll fill in the rest of the words or the page. I’m pretty sure she has the whole book memorized.
Another favorite activity for Eden is shopping. Grocery shopping. Especially at Publix. The girls both love it so much, and Daniel and I LOVE being able to take them shopping. (He took over for a few weeks when I was at my peak pregnancy sickness.) They are so funny when in the special car-cart together, and if you are in the same store as us you might get to hear them singing happy made-up songs as they enjoy their shopping. Most of the places we go grocery shopping have snack or treats for kids, so I’m sure that only adds to the excitement. Eden loves this activity so much that almost every single day she can be found pushing around her toy car (well, technically, it was Grandma and Grandpa’s gift to Hana Kate) and saying. “I going to Pubbux.” When I ask her what she’s going to buy, she usually answers “cookies. And chocut. And tandy.” And usually she adds, “My monk-gey come, too!”
I’d forgotten how much I love this age. There is so much exploring, so much laughter, and so much talking. For Eden, we have hit the narrate-every-detail-of-your-life stage. It is so funny to hear. “I stepped. I stepped. I downstairs. Me walking. My monk-gey came down-airs wif me. Where my drink?” Eden certainly falls into the more of the two-year -old characteristics than Hana Kate did, but I think she’s reached a point of equilibrium for now.
The other day, Hana Kate was quizzing Eden over letters and what sounds they make. This is what I overheard:
Hana Kate: “Eden, what sound does ‘a’ say?”
HK: “Eden, what does ‘d’ say?”
HK: “What does…pool say?”
Eden also asked her first “why” question the other day. I didn’t realize until a few minutes after she had asked…and now I can’t remember exactly what she asked, except it started, “Why you have that…?”
Happy Birthday, Eden!