it has also been one of my favorites
happy second birthday to my bird. my second baby. my daughter. inside this last year i watched you become janet. my fiery, determined, brilliant baby girl. while this last year has certainly been a weird one (remind me to tell you about the worldwide pandemic one day) .
as the world came to a crashing halt, life inside our little bubble marched on. our days start with you and hunter helping wake up and feed the chickens by shouting a loud, “good morning chickens!” thanks to you and your brother our family’s garden is having our best year ever! hunter really likes water the plants but your favorite part is harvesting the cherry tomatoes. you grab the brightest, reddest globes right from the vine with your dimpled little fingers and pop them directly in your mouth. i watch you eat entire cucumbers end to end. it is like nothing i have ever seen.
during your second year you transitioned from the baby girl who always wanted to be held into an independent and often competitive little girl. “janet do it!”
you fight hunter for turns on the backyard rollercoaster. race him to snag the front seat of the double stroller. and wrestle more than i would like.
your favorite toy is always whatever toy hunter is already playing with.
you love purple and puppies.
long walks and slow quad rides.
you love being my snuggle mouse.
helping with laundry.
and waking your brother up before he is ready.
jay the world we live in now is most definitely not the same one i brought you into just two years ago. a lot has changed and unfortunately a lot has also stayed the same. i pray and work hard every day to make sure one day you will become a woman who can stand tall, defend what is true, and still remember to live life louder. i love you bird. happy birthday!